Interview With Dead Pony

Dead Pony is singer and guitarist Anna Shields, Blair Crichton on lead guitar and backing vocals, Liam Adams on bass and drummer Aidan McAllister. They have some great tracks out like Everything is Easy and their newest track Sharp Tongues. 


  • What first got you into music? 
    Hearing what my parents and older siblings were listening to in the car or in the house was probably the first thing to ever make me take an interest in music. They all had a really good taste in music and without realising, it definitely formed the interest that I have today.
  • Who inspired you to make music?
    One of my friends ended up pretty much forcing me to learn guitar when I was 15 so that I could play in his band haha. Looking at musicians that were inspirational though, are the likes of Jack White and Kurt Cobain. There are a lot of bands then and now that inspire me and still do but I think in the early days of making music those two people stick out as being especially inspirational.
  • How would you describe the music that you typically create? 
    I like to think of it as fast and catchy rock music.
  • What is your creative process like? 
    At the moment we tend to all write on our own and bring it to one another, for instance usually I will come up with a guitar riff or a bass line with a vocal melody and record it as a demo on my laptop and then send it to the band. We will expand on that idea from there. I record and produce artists outwith Dead Pony so it’s great being able to send them more built up demos than just recording through my phone. I think it helps us move much quicker in the creative process. 
  • How did you come up with the name Dead Pony?
    We wrote a song about how as a child you are lied to by adults about so many things and we decided to call that song Dead Pony. We were then coming up with a name for the band and realised that we actually really liked Dead Pony. 
  • Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
    We have performed in small venues pretty much all over the UK and some big ones I suppose aswell. All of our favourite venues are probably in Glasgow like King Tuts, The Priory, Stereo and SWG3. Outside of that I don’t think we have any massive affinities with any venues. I  really enjoyed playing Truck Festival and Kendall Calling last year in England but they aren’t really venues are they? We have some shows planned for 2021 that i’m not sure if we can announce yet to be honest, but if gigs are going ahead in 2021 then I’m expecting we are going to be quite busy seeing lots of new places.
  • How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
    To be honest I’ve only ever been in bands and musical projects since the internet was very much a part of it so I don’t think I’m the best person to be asked that haha. From what I can gather it’s made it a lot easier to find bands and artists that you love and has made it easier than ever to access their work and support them but it’s also made it harder for the artists to actually make a living once they have a fan base. I suppose it’s maybe a bit of a double edged sword? Depends how you want to look at it. I don’t really like thinking about the music industry too much, I just want to focus on writing great songs and having a good time performing them live to our fans.
  • Out of your recent tracks which is your favorite and why?
    Our newest single “sharp tongues” is definitely my favourite of our tracks so far, it was one of those songs that gets written from start to finish in an hour and is full of meaning and energy. The songs we have been writing and releasing recently is just like every new song we write becomes my favourite.
  • If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be? 
    Would probably look to get rid of all the sleazy people who do nothing for the music industry and take a big chunk of the money that it generates. According to a quick google search – musicians only receive 12% of the $43bn that the music industry generates, that seems like it should be changed.
  • What’s next for you Guys? 
    Releasing more singles throughout the rest of the year and into 2021, recording our debut EP and hopefully never having to do a live stream ever again! 

    Dead Pony’s latest single Sharp Tongues is available now.