Local Heroes – HemanSheman Interviewed

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Heman Sheman! So where did the band name originate? 

An Egyptian tomb.

Who are the band members and where are you from?

Jake, Edan, John and Yuval from Manchester. Bill from elsewhere.

What genre is your music? 


Who are your major musical influences? 

All the Bs: Beatles, Bob, Bowie and Biggie.

Do you think Oxford has a mega-cool-thriving music scene? 

No it’s atrocious. The acoustic guitar is getting murdered one open mic folk night at a time.

What has your experience been of gigging in Oxford? 

It’s been great so far – top crowds, good atmosphere. The Cellar is particularly magnificent. Hopefully The Wheatsheaf will give it a run for its money when we play there this term.

Where do you see the band in five years time? 

We’re hoping to have retired by 24, so ideally a Tuscan villa.

Has anything hilariously embarrassing happened to the band while performing? 

Twice weekly we choreograph our onstage routines in a mirrored hall at Iffley gym to avoid that kind of trouble. Preparation is the key to success. We used to play freestyle but Edan would inevitably end up mincing around onstage with a glowstick and a pack of pretzels.

If you had a band slogan what would it be? 

One chord’s great, two chords you’re pushing it, three chords and you’re into jazz.

Which artist would you most like to support? 

L.S. Lowry – keep going Laurence.

What are your plans for the immediate future?

Gig, write and record as much as possible and make our way to London.

Tell us a joke. 

St Benet’s Hall.



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