An Interview With: Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5

The Scottish Alternative Music Awards’ Best Live Act 2015 Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5 are a band that continue to soar in popularity on the Scottish music scene.

Starting out in local pubs, the Cumbernauld band have went on to perform at venues like The Barrowlands and renowned music festivals T in the Park and Electric Fields.

A band that truly understands the art of entertainment and crowd engagement, Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5 strive to create an inclusive community founded on peace, love and mustard.

David Blair, affectionately known as The Dijancer, has spoken about the relationship the band have with their loyal fanbase The 6th Dijon: The size of the space isn’t something that has any kind of primary focus for us. It’s all about the people that are there.

“It’s how we interact with those people. That’s the key thing. We just want to make sure that everybody there is united as one to have a good time.”

The overwhelming theme at a Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5 gig is unadulterated fun. The ability to get people dancing and laughing simulatenously is a gift and one that should be recognised.

The band are heavily influenced by fellow Scottish band Primal Scream, who they consider to be one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands ever, and produce a sound that is completely distinct.

Having kickstarted the Yellow Movement, a creative community focused on bringing people together in peace, love and music, the band also do a lot of charity work.

Running regular events in Glasgow, they had their first Yellow Movement Friday in Edinburgh in September, raising £600 for the Scottish Association for Mental Health.

David stressed the importance of the support they receive as they look to positively impact life and culture through music: “At the end of the day, any band is nothing without the people that get into what they do.

“It’s a beautiful symbiosis between us and the people that come along. They support what we do and they want to help out and make some positive change wherever we can. It’s just bringing people together and making it happen.”

The future seems bright for Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5 as they look to build on the success of their debut album with a second in the coming year.

Frontman John McMustard said: “We’ve got a lot of songs and a lot of ideas. At the start of next year, we’re going to be taking from January to May off to write, record and then hopefully release the difficult number two album.”

The band’s passion for making music is clear and if their debult album is anything to go by, the second promises to be both unconventional and unique in style and content.



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