The life of a successful musician is one many aspire to. The live performances, days in the studio, the groupies, who wouldn’t like to have that life? Believe it or not, Inter Relocation’s company owner used to be an aspiring musician himself; so when new Budapest-based band Tuesday Night Rodeo contacted him to talk about possible corporate sponsorship, they got a friendly reception.
We’re delighted to announce that Inter Relocation is one of the founder sponsors of Tuesday Night Rodeo, a country-rock band closely related to the well-known Irish-Hungarian band, Paddy and the Rats. We talked to the expat guitarist with Tuesday Night Rodeo, Terry Etheridge. He has had an amazing musical career in his own right and his story really does read like a wild rodeo ride.
How would you describe yourself in 5 words?
In no particular order:
How did your career begin?
That fated day, back when I was a kid watching ‘Top of the Pops’.
Suddenly Marc Bolan and T-Rex appeared on screen, (for those who don’t know Marc Bolan, he ‘invented’ Glam Rock, a road that David Bowie was too soon follow and start his career).
Earlier my father had asked what I wanted for Christmas, it was easy, “I want a guitar, I want to be like him”. My father agreed, but assured me it would be a “5 minute wonder”. I do remind him on occasion, just how long that 5 minutes has been!
You lived in plenty of places, including Japan. Which is your favourite part of the world?
Favourite has to be here in Budapest, otherwise I wouldn’t have settled here. She’s a beautiful city with the charm of a town. I still have so many places I wish to see, I adore the Far East.
What was the reason you came to Hungary?
I tripped over Budapest via a friend who was spending sometime here. Came first for a weekend, then another and another; as my love affair with the city grew I started to learn more about Hungary too. Now, I wouldn’t swap her for anything.
Who inspired you the most, who were your role-models in your life?
Mum & Dad are, of course, my role models. Inspiration? Anyone who crafts what they do well, it’s not about success, but about having the passion to love what you do.
What was your biggest success in your personal life?
I have played with some great artists, been involved in big projects, hit the charts in the UK and Japan, but my greatest success is still being here today wanting to make music.
I’ve seen failure too and seen fantastic musicians give up because it wasn’t working out for them, I wasn’t ever going to let the failures outweigh the success.
Why did you choose music as your profession?
I have done other things in my time, but they have all been based in and around entertainment. I think, if possible, you should love what you do.
How did Tuesday Night Rodeo start?
It all started with a bunch of great musician friends sitting down for a beer. At some point in the evening someone suggested that, as we had never played together, we should one day book a rehearsal studio and jam, just for some fun.
A shout went up about ‘doing something different’ and another replied ‘what about Country Rock?’ It was agreed.
Interestingly, that rehearsal never happened, instead we started writing and recording.
A follow up meeting was arranged to name the band at The Caledonia Pub and Patrick, the owner, kindly decided to sponsor the meeting with a bottle (that became 2) of Jack Daniels. The word RODEO kept coming back across the table… by the end of the last glass, it was agreed to put TUESDAY NIGHT in front of RODEO… basically because, it was late, we’d had too much to drink and its was a Tuesday evening.
Will you introduce your fellow band members?
The Band consists of 2 members of PADDY & THE RATS
Sam on Fiddle and Banjo and Joey, who is my song writing partner in TUESDAY NIGHT RODEO, on guitar.
PADDY & THE RATS are currently on a European Tour supporting the American band IGNITE.
They are playing to major crowds (2000+) here in Budapest and are the most downloaded/viewed Hungarian band outside of Hungary.
Steve is the drummer, he is well known on the music circuit and amongst Hungarian musicians. Steve does a lot of sessions as well as playing in Guns n’ Roses tribute band.
What were the most significant life-events in your career?
That has to be releasing my first single, which was in Japan.
As a young musician you believe you are the best thing since sliced bread.
In the run up to that release, under the direction of my then management and record label, came the realisation that this is a job, it involves a lot of hard work and absolute dedication.
There are thousands of amazing artists out there; some of whom will or have gone onto do great things. You have to have self-belief, but respect for what else is out there.
What do you do to switch off?
Now that’s an interesting question, believe it not, there’s no greater way for me to relax than by picking up a guitar. Somehow I manage to separate the work from the hobby.
What’s your biggest goal?
To keep making music!