Biff Byford, of Saxon Interview
"Night Of The Wolf". This is a seasoned band that knows its audience and they deliver every time.
Who are your favorite vocalists including artists outside of metal?
Favorite vocalists? I like all vocalists actually. Maybe Pavarotti, lady gaga, as well as Maiden, dio. All kinds really.
Who are some of your personal influences?
Because I started out as a bass player, bands like Mountain, Grand Funk Railroad, early Sabbath, Ian Gillan, Ozzy. We liked a lot of the American bands in the early days. Black Oak Arkansas..
A lot of British bands were influenced by American bands and vice versa..
Absolutely. Right. That's exactly right. When you're younger and you discover an international act or record you get excited. In our local pub we had a jukebox, the owner was a rock and roll fan. So he would put bands on there that we never heard of.
Recently Metal bands have been producing their own wines and beers. Anything like that for Saxon?
Been asked to do wine, so we will probably do that. Always looking for a new project to do. We'll have to see how that goes really.
A lifetime dedicated to SAXON, and metal in general. Looking back... Any regrets?
Well no...Things have happened to the band. Our manager dying. We have had some low points in our career, but you know we managed to get through them. Fans keep us going.
You have seen a lot of changes in the industry.
How do you feel about downloading and social media?
I don't mind the downloading thing. For all its faults, I think that it is great for the fans. Not so much for the corporate business, but for the fans. We are really quite comfortable with social media. Podcasts. We use it a lot actually. You get to reach a whole new fan base in places where they might not get the cds, but have access to the internet.
Your thoughts on Vinyl?
Yeah, we are big fans of vinyl. This album should see about 13,000 copies released in vinyl. You know I have a 15 year old son who wants me to buy him a turntable. He picked up the first Led Zeppelin album on vinyl and wants to hear it. Kids want to know what it was that their fathers sort of liked about it...
Right there is something missing in the digital age. Tube amplifiers versus digital that kind of thing.....
Something in the wiring, it's not moving. or warm.
What is next for SAXON?
Finishing up the U.S tour in about a month and then back to Europe. A Swedish loch cruise. Got the Saxon unplugged album coming out as well.(Saxon will release an album of unplugged and orchestrated versions of their classic songs.) We will see you on the road somewhere.
2016 sees Saxon moving strong across the metal world. Their latest album," Battering Ram" is doing very well. Fans across the globe eagerly awaiting the "eagle" to land again near their homes.