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The Eighth Note: Groeni

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‘The Eighth Note’ is 8 quick Questions with Wellington Musicians.

A chance for us to catch up with people & see what they’re up to, or introduce you to a new musician/band and their music.

Today’s guest is Al from Electronic trio Groeni.


Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music.
James, Al and Mike. We make and play electronic music under the name Groeni.

What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
Just finished mixing 2 tracks ‘Teething/Teeth’ coming out early next year on 12″. Working towards a full length which is due next year some time.

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Groeni EP, 2012

Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
RPM records on Cuba, Death Ray Records in Newtown. Or come to a show. Also the usuals, Instagram, Bandcamp, Soundcloud. Spotify if you have to….

What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
Deftones: White Pony
Burial: Untrue
Joanna Newsom: Have one on me

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Hewn EP, 2015

Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
Scott Maynard (Fuyukos Fables, Zero Cool), Charlotte Forrester (Athuzela Brown, Womb) Conor McCabe (Fortunes)

What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
Valhalla has a good vibe and great sound. Never played at Caroline but it seems cool.

In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
It varies, sometimes the song stems and develops from a production idea. Other times the song is fully written on various instruments then translated via production. Production is a team effort, we each have our own home studios and often back and forth between ideas adding layers, discussing and critiquing. The new material – for the album – we have fully formed the songs and structures before moving into the production phase, testing out a new method.

Where/when is your next gig?
Camp A Low Hum NYE.

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