Darren Ismail's bio

Ah, guitarist Darren Ismail. Yup, everyone knows our tall man loves a sharp suit but did you know about his extremely eclectic tastes...? When it comes to music, anyway.


Here he is in his own words, justifying why he loves his Jag more than Marilyn Monroe.


What is your fave 5:15’s cover?

Gangsters by The Specials


What track would you like The 5:15's to cover?

Won’t Get Fooled Again by The Who

What is your fave fashion outfit?

I LOVE suits but it has to be tassle loafers


What are your three fave tunes of all time?

Roads to Moscow by Al Stewart

She Sells Sanctuary by The Cult

I Could Feel the Whole World Turn Round by The Shotgun Express


What do you drive? Two and/or four wheels?

I’ve got a Vespa PX125 but my true love, pride and joy is my Jaguar XK8 - as sexy and curvy as Marilyn Monroe


Who are your three major musical influences?

The Beatles , Al Stewart and The Cult

Who is your favourite artist of all time?

Easy! Al Stewart

What is the best gig you have ever been to?

It’s 50/50 between the Who doing Quadrophenia and INXS on their Kick tour in the early 90s

Who would you love to or loved to have worked with musically?

I’ve been very lucky to have worked with some massively famous people in the 90s when I did this professionally. But the one I’d really love to have worked with would have been Sir George Martin, the Beatles producer.

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