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Monday 5 October 2015

Austin: Supermarket sack was push

Published 26/05/2013

Swim Deep decided to take a chance on making it in the music industry
Swim Deep decided to take a chance on making it in the music industry

Swim Deep's Austin Williams says meeting his bandmate while they worked in a supermarket was the push he needed for success.

The Birmingham four-piece have a tour coming up and their debut album is set to be released, but Austin revealed they didn't start out so well.

He said: "Higgy worked in a supermarket, and then I got a job there. We worked together for a bit, then I was sacked - I'm not sensitive about it, it was a long time coming - then I moved to Birmingham and met the other guys.

"Working there was a good life lesson, there were so many people in their 40s moaning about the fact they worked there and telling me to do something else. So I did."

Now Austin is well aware of how lucky he is to be making a living with Swim Deep and is looking forward to their tour.

"When you're involved with a band, you can't see the hype or the fact that people are talking about you, but gigging is one way. We've seen loads of bands we thought were successful in the venues we're now playing, so it's a strange feeling to be playing them too.

"It feels like we've cheated somehow, I can't believe it's happening. But if we'd cheated, all the people around us wouldn't be telling us we were doing well. I hope not anyway."

:: Swim Deep, a four-piece from Birmingham consisting of Austin Williams, Tom 'Higgy' Higgins, Zachary Robinson and Cavan McCarthy, release their debut album Where The Heaven Are We? in July. They're on tour throughout the summer. For more information, visit

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