Episode 003

Ross Millard - The Futureheads


Learning guitar, forming a band, practice, being honest and band manifestos.

This week we head to a familiar place for many musicians, the pub, where we meet Ross Millard from The Futureheads for part one of a two part episode that we have with Ross.

This is the third of our launch day triple header, before we move to a weekly show format.

Ben's most blurry effort to date. I'm certainly not going to mention chins, much.

Ben's most blurry effort to date. I'm certainly not going to mention chins, much.


With Ross we discuss forming a band, and their early experiences of forming multiple mini-bands each week at 'the bunker' in Sunderland whilst learning their craft. Tied to that, we cover learning (and choosing the right) guitar, before moving on to how the Futureheads used to approach practice sessions.

That led us into the importance of being honest, and the way in which having brothers in their band helped create that sort of environment. Band manifestos are also touched on, so take a listen to find out what that is all about.

With this being a two part episode, we don't get onto the good cause until the end of part two, but wanted to include a short bit here anyway to mention culture. Not a charity, but a good cause none the less, is the bid that the city of Sunderland have for City of Culture 2021. Culture is incredibly important, and as Ross rightly said, it isn’t just something for the rich. Whether it is a specific city of culture bid, or any cultural initiatives in your local area, it is certainly something worth getting behind and supporting.


Here are some links associated to the episode:

  • The Beatles Anthology - Ross mentioned this in the interview. I remember the first time I watched this, it made me instantly want to write songs. A recommended viewing. To help ensure you're looking for the right one, here is a link to it on the UK Amazon store.


  • The Futureheads - They have stopped operating as a band now, but there are still plenty of links and videos on their website here.


  • Ross Millard - Want to find out a little more about the man himself? His website isn't updated too often, but a link non the less can be found here.


  • Sunderland City of Culture 2021 - All the information and how to get involved is here.