Jamie Campbell Bower

Q: You play Anthony Hope in Tim Burton’s hit new movie Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. How did you prepare for the role?

A: I did a heap load of singing practicing and also created a background for my character with Tim Burton. I just tried to get myself in the mindset of my character, which was hard.

Q: You are also the lead singer and guitarist in a band called the Darling Buds. Describe your band’s sound and general inspirations? Where can people see you play live?

A: The sound, eh? It’s a mix of everything. We draw a bit on the Latino rhythm with heavy guitar sounds for a lot of tracks but also a little upbeat happy stuff for people who want to dance. Inspirations, we try to listen to everything, so there’s a lot thrown in there, not any band in particular. We’re the sound of the future! We do a lot of underage gigs. I think it’s so great that kids under 18 are doing it their own way. They seem to dance a lot more as well, which is fun.

Jamie Campbell Bower movie still from Sweeney Todd

Q: Sweeney Todd is a musical starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Alan Rickman. What was it like working alongside such established and respected actors?

A: Terrifying. I have never been more scared in my life, but they were all so lovely. It’s amazing that I could be a part of something so incredible, and I’m very proud.

Q: You’re building a predominantly female fan base with a hive of online discussions about your distinctive singing voice in the film. Were you professionally coached before you took the role of Anthony Hope?

A: I’ve been singing since I was very young and owe a lot to my school, Bedales, for encouraging me.

Q: How are you finding time to perform in your band as well as act with Hollywood royalty such as Johhny Depp?

A: It’s becoming tricky. We try to practice as much as possible but it’s becoming harder. I love music and I love acting. We’ll be doing more gigs as the year goes on, don’t you worry.

Jamie Campbell Bower with a Valley Arts T-SeriesQ: You perform live with a number of Gibsons and a Valley Arts T-Series. What’s your favorite guitar to play and why?

A: A Gibson ES-335. It’s so fun to throw about and play. You feel like a true rock star the moment you pick it up!

Q: You attended both the New York and London Sweeney Todd film premiers. How was it to be suddenly thrust into the media spotlight?

A:  I’m not really sure. I’m still a little confused as to what the hell is going on. It’s nice, but it’s kind of weird!

Q: Tell us about any new movie projects you have coming up in the year ahead. You also have a part in Guy Ritchie’s new movie RocknRolla out later in the year. Can you tell us about this?

A:  I just got cast for this amazing movie called Winter in Wartime. I play a British pilot who has been shot down and is trying to escape back to England. In RocknRolla, I play a very small part, but I did have fun. I was a rock star so it was pretty cool.

Q: Which British bands are you currently following, and what do you have planned for your band in the coming year?

A: British bands? There’s so much good stuff around at the moment, but I’m really digging the Cribs’ stuff. It’s so raw; I love it. In the coming year we’re planning to record all the new and best tracks we have and spread the love. All of our recordings are rather old, so new material is on the way. Also to play our pants off, gigs will be many and the music will be loud.

Q: Which bands would play at your dream concert line-up?

A: Queens of the Stone Age, Kings of Leon, White Stripes, and us. God, that would be sick!

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