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    The Eighth Note: Paper Plates

    05.02.20 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘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.

    Up next is Agatha from new dream-pop duo Paper Plates.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    Well to start off, Paper Plates is an emerging alt/dream pop duo based in Wellington. Noah and I (Agatha) started writing music together in university and wanted to shed light to mental health awareness within the music industry as well as the wider communities of NZ. Our music reflects those issues in both sound palette and lyrics – in some songs we try to build layers of various sounds into one giant explosion of emotion, others we keep restrained and controlled like you would an inner fire on a quiet ‘stare at the ceiling’ kind of evening.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    We released our debut EP, “Playground Walls” in September 2019, and at the moment we’re working on some new material that we’re hoping to bring to you all soon! So hopefully we’ll be sharing some new tracks to celebrate the new decade. At the same time we’re working on our live set up and sound – we want to make sure we can reflect our sound and messages to you guys while having as much fun as we can on stage ourselves.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Feel free to follow us or flick us a message through our social media!
    1. Our Instagram page
    2. Our Facebook page
    3. Website
    4. YouTube channel
    5. Or just any streaming platform of your choosing ahah just search up our band name! (Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play etc etc etc.)

    What were the 3 most influential albums/songs to you growing up?
    Hmm I better answer on behalf of the band.. When we started up the band Noah and I talked about the kind of mood spaces we liked that were created by our influential artists. This lead us to these three
    songs:
    1. “Myth” by Beach House (from the album, Bloom). Personally, I could sit or lie down anywhere quiet and get lost in this track – all the layers in this song create this charming black hole of comfort.
    2. “New York I love You But You’re Bringing Me Down” – LCD Soundsystem (from the album, Sound of Silver). We love LCD Soundsystem ugh. This song has such a vulnerable yet restrained mood space to it, you don’t even realise you’re already halfway through the song til you’re there. The big build up at the end is so crushingly raw, it’s like the pent up emotions from the whole song is being unleashed. We actually covered this during our Live Stream session because we loved it so much (can be found on our Facebook page!).
    3. “Gondry” – HYUKOH (from the album, 22). This is one of my personal favourites from HYUKOH, it literally feels like a light snow that you don’t know when it’s going to melt away – it’s that intimate. But this is also such a fun band, definitely worth a listen if you haven’t heard them before.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    So many. We’d love to work with our local Wellington/NZ artists even if their genre is completely different to ours – we want to explore and evolve our music because that’s what it’s all about. It’s definitely something we want to work with this year.

    What is your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    So far it has been in the huge live studio S1 at Massey University, where we streamed our performance of lights, visuals, full band and dancers live to you guys in October 2019 via Facebook. This was such a special venue to play in not to mention fun – the people we worked with made it worth so much too and we look forward to playing in more unique spaces like this in the future.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    Usually either Noah or myself will think of a backbone idea of a song e.g I’ll write a song on the piano with a basic structure and lyrics and melody to show to Noah. From there he will take more of a lead into producing the track. It’s been a fun experience writing together and I’m sure it’s been a learning curve for both of us. I think because I am a vocalist the songwriting comes more naturally whereas Noah who is a drummer (amongst other instrumental things) is more of a natural producer. He is a really supportive friend and sees the potential in the things I write which has produced a cool synergy within our songwriting/composing.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Our next performance will be at the Newtown Festival 2020! Come join us on the 8th of March @ the Colombo St Stage at 4pm for a boogie – bring a picnic and some great company and share the fun with us. Look forward to seeing you there!


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    The Eighth Note: Lemon Anlime

    31.01.20 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘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.

    Up next is Hutt musician Simon Buxton, who records under the moniker Lemon Anlime.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    My name is Simon Buxton, and I’m fresh out of Hutt Valley High School in Lower Hutt where I’ve lived my whole life. I’ve been drumming for as long as I can remember, and more recently I’ve become a big fan of electronic music, particularly in the ambient, psychill and jazztronica sectors. Lemon Anlime is sort of a hybrid of these two loves: Drumming and Electronica. It’s also where I can challenge myself compositionally to fuse these two together in as many creative ways as possible.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    My first album Lime was released in September last year. I’ve just released my latest album ‘Watermelon’ on the 25th, which you should definitely listen to if you have the spare time. It’s got a few of my favourite cuts on there that I’ve been working on since before ‘Lime’ was released – such as Space Jam, which is basically me playing with time signatures – it’s a very fun song to perform on the kit – and it’s all up my favourite of my work to date. Other than that, I’ve got several new tunes for several new projects that I’m slowly but surely chipping away at – rest assured I’m always creating exciting things.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Spotify is definitely the best place for streaming, though I also have profiles on most other
    streaming platforms (like Tidal, if you’re into that). Bandcamp is another awesome place, as it’s one of the only vendors which supports its artists (me included) directly. As for keeping up with Lemon Anlime, the classic Facebook page is the way to go. In all of those websites you can search “lemon anlime” and you’ll get there pretty fast.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    When I was a kid, I was exposed to many different types of music by my parents – particularly my father, who was more of the “listener” of my musical parents (mum was the “player”). One such album I loved was Mlah by Les Negresses Vertes – an awesomely unashamedly fun album. As I got a bit older I started branching into ambient music, and one of my favourite releases comes from Solar Fields, the album in question being Leaving Home, which has had a massive influence on my musical style. And finally, only very recently I discovered Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana’s Taming The Dragon; if I could manage an album even half as good as that I would be so happy. Granted, I didn’t grow up with it per se, but it’s had a huge impact on what direction I want Lemon Anlime to go in.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    I’ve been fortunate to meet a lot of musicians already through Hutt Valley High, but one of my favourite was Zane Green, who now goes under the moniker Allswither – there was no one that had such a sense of breaking rules and exploring sonic boundaries within music like he did, and though our music is very different I’d still be honoured to collaborate with such a unique musician.

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    My favourite venue was Zeal Wellington before the Ghuznee Street building got shut down for earthquake reasons – I’ve played many munters of gigs at that place when I was a bit younger and still gigging with bands in early high school. One of my favourite places nowadays is actually the streets of Wellington – busking brings to life some of the best parts of Wellington City, especially at night, and for me it’s what makes this city such a cultural hub, as well as being a very accessible place for music to be discovered.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    Usually they stem from one idea, like a bass riff or a melody, and I try and come up with as many different ways to explore and expand said idea. Sometimes I’ll have several ideas in a similar key or tempo, and put them all together. Other tricks I use is finding rhythmic alterations I can make for interest’s sake – for example, odd groups of bars in a phrase (3 bar phrases are very cool) or adding/subtracting a beat from a time signature. Once the idea’s grown enough, it’s a matter of building the other parts of the song around it, like with pads or other synths to add texture where it needs it.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Funnily enough, the next few gigs I have planned are busking – here I think is one of the best places to test new material, and I think it grows best live when you can perform it and see what stands and what doesn’t. Hopefully I’ll see a few people down the waterfront or on late night Courtney Place soon – definitely check out Lemon Anlime facebook for the latest busking spots.


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    The Eighth Note: DARTZ

    22.01.20 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘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.

    Up next is are punk party band DARTZ, who are part of Kennys Vanity Twenty First at San Fran tomorrow.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    We’re DARTZ, a band from Wellington, NZ. The Music is punk, party vibes- calling DARTZ a NZ punk band is probably the best way to describe us since our love of NZ music is a common DARTZ theme. Our singer Danz came up with the name last year and we started soon after that – once he thought of DARTZ, band formation was inevitable and he quickly got the other boys on board. I wish we’d met earlier, we could have been Smokefree Rockquest winners.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    We released our debut EP No Matter Whatz in August last year. It’s a five track masterpiece in which DARTZ band together to deliver bangers about the ups and downs of being young in Wellington. 40 Riddiford St, Sit This One Out, 4AM, Elastic, Setting with the Sun. Learn the lyrics and come to see DARTZ live, show us what ya got. New songs only once you all learn these ones off by heart.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    1. The DARTZ Website
    2. The DARTZ Instagram, – we follow back no matter whatz
    3. The DARTZ Facebook page
    4. The DARTZ Youtube or DARTZ Spotify

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    These days its bands like The Chats and Dune Rats that influence us, but back in the childhood of DARTZ, Yugioh Music to Duel By was the number one CD we all owned and jammed to. So many iconic songs, Yugioh No Matter What helped to inspire the DARTZ Instagram followback policy and EP name. Second on the list is an NZ music classic, Natures Best Volume 1. So many classic NZ rock bands and NZ music artists of all genres, it’s daft punk isn’t more represented but we all still love it. We have nothing but love for Kiwiana, art like NZ music is an important part of our lives.
    Third and maybe our favourite album, the eponymous debut album by Monte Video and the Casettes. Other NZ musicians we know love it too, its just one of those albums that bands like. Chats always come back to this when we’re discussing the best NZ music of all time.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    This is a tough one, when it comes to live music Wellington is the place to be. Clark Mathews is the only answer I have, he’s incredibly talented and I think he has the potential to be the greatest NZ musician in history. Give Clark Mathews all the Vodafone NZ music awards now I say. Clark Mathews is God.

    Whatís your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    DARTZ loves every venue for live music Wellington has to offer – Valhalla, Moon, San Fran are all sick for seeing live NZ music. Meow is another one that we know other bands like, The Chats opening slot at Meow was our first show back in Feb so it has a special place in our heart.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    DARTZ writes songs like a passionate teenage hookup in the Wellington Central library. Quick, fiery, forbidden, and guided by statistics, as hands brush wildly over the Dewey decimal system sign for 311. Is that a librarian watching? No, it’s just your future self, nodding approvingly. They know what you’re doing. Go hard, younger you. And watch out for carpet burns in that statistics aisle.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Last year we took DARTZ NZ wide on the No Matter Whatz tour, and supported The Chats with our friends Shaun’s B’day. They’re a nu-metal five-piece with our friend William Frederick Durst on vocals, go search up their song Break Stuff now on Spotify. Our next show is on the Local Talent stage at Homegrown 2021. We’re open to playing more shows between now and then if anyone wants to satisfy their dire need for DARTZ.


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    New Album: Secret Knives

    10.12.19 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Ash of Secret Knives, who recently returned with ‘Snuff’, the first full length collection since his 2010 debut, which features other Wgtn artists such as Grayson Gilmour, Charlotte Forester (WOMB) and Cory Champion (Borrowed CS), with mixing and mastering duties from Jon Lemmon.

     

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    Wherever I was living over maybe five or six years? So a few houses. Most drums were tracked at now defunct Blue Barn studios. Jon Lemmon and I mixed it at his old studio – an incredible room on the top floor of a high-rise on The Terrace.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    Writing/recording/producing/mixing is pretty much the same thing to me and I do almost all of that from home. Sometimes I reach an impasse and walk away from it for a while to get some perspective or I ask other people to perform on works-in-progress to push it further towards the finish line. Jon added some production details in the mixing process and helped tie things together. James Goldsmith engineered drums at Blue Barn.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    There’s often just a vague idea or sketch of a song when I start recording. I arrange things and design the sound of the song as I go along. Some songs – like Spinning Top or Franny – have multiple versions with different arrangements, different instrumentation, different chord progressions, alternate endings etc. I keep experimenting until I find the version that feels right. Thematically, lyrically, visually it’s all very deliberate. Words take the longest for me because I always want each line to really mean something, to have a purpose. The songs meanings are tightly braided together and hopefully compound across the album to paint a picture. But I’m not into spelling it out – it’s there for people to make of what they will.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    I just always want to grow creatively and broaden my palette. So that meant introducing new sounds and textures I hadn’t used before like live drums, piano, strings, brass, different effects… and also exploring new dynamics – making things prettier or more abrasive. It’s a bit more compact than the last records – no instrumentals. The more abstract, ambient moments I kind of let them breathe, let them be what they are, rather than try transform them into pop songs. They’re collected on their own EP now, which comes with the cassette versions of Snuff or Bandcamp purchases over $8NZD.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    A lot of sounds come from random guitar pedals or effects units… but it’s mainly about playing with sounds once they’re in the computer and sculpting them into something interesting. With any gear I normally just start from the position of ‘what is the strangest sound I can get out of this?’. If you approach anything from that angle it usually leads to interesting results. I did buy a piano while making the record. That allowed me to sit down and develop songs differently than I would with a guitar. There’s always some certain habits I have writing on guitar. Moving a song onto another instrument helps hear it differently and perhaps push it in a new direction.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    Maybe ‘Spinning Top’ – it kind of traverses all the sounds and moods of the album. I hope that by the end of the song you’ve arrived somewhere sonically you didn’t necessarily expect when the song started.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    There’s a limited run of cassettes and downloads are available via secretknives.bandcamp.com – and then yeah, streaming via all the usual suspects. [Spotify, Apple Music]

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs? Are you doing any gigs or promotion for its release?
    Yeah there’s a couple of videos on their way! There’s some performances on the way, but I can’t say too much about that right now.


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    New EP: Daniel McClelland

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    ‘New EP’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Daniel McClelland, whose debut album Anxious Heart opened at #2 on the NZ Heatseeker Album Charts. Nominated for Best Independent Debut award at NZ’s Taite Music prizes. He has followed up his excellent ‘one-man-band’ debut album with a new 4 track EP that takes on perfectionism; an aversion to happiness; bigotry; parenthood; and the impact of emigration on families. All in the style of ‘pocket symphonies’ amalgamating various genres from hip hop to grunge, 90s dance to 60s symphonic pop, and glam rock.

     

    When/where was the new EP recorded?
    I’m gonna go with 65% Lower Hutt, 30% New York, 5% Aro Valley. I make music in a modular way that’s quite close to what The Beach Boys were aiming for in their Smile sessions. I record snippets of a song in fits and bursts, and slowly the song gathers a life of its own over time. In one case, a song’s been in the works in some shape or form for 6 years! But the vast majority have all come together in the last 2 years since the release of my debut Anxious Heart, at home.

    Who produced/engineered the EP? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    I have a sort of ‘home studio’ of sorts (well, really a glorified spare bedroom) set up to record my instruments at a moment’s notice. I’m a full one-man band, playing, arranging, and producing everything myself. Which is insane, given that every track has dozens of vocal parts, and generally about 3 versions of every instrument. It’s A Lot. I take that Beach Boys-influenced sound seriously! My room backs onto a hallway with wooden floors, so if I ever need a lot of echo and space in a recording I can simply open the door to let some atmosphere. The trick is to not then let my 2 year old son in, in the process. He tends to distract a little from the recording process, or add a few layers of “Daddy, guitar!” somewhere in the background of the recording. Ha. The perils of home recording!

    Did the shorter format of an EP give you the option to experiment in any way with your sound or with different forms of song-writing?
    A couple years ago I wrote a blog post asking ‘What is an ‘album’ anyway’? I was surprised to find a stat: “only 19% of its [Spotify] listeners bothered to finish 2010’s best album.” My own stats from Anxious Heart bore this out too. On average, people just don’t listen to 40+ minutes of music, while using streaming services. Doesn’t matter if they’re a super fan, or if it’s fantastic music. It’s not how most people listen to music these days. Which is sad for me, as someone who adores albums, and owns literally thousands of physical records/CDs/tapes.

    Armed with that info, I decided to make a mini-album. So it’s 5 songs, around 16 minutes in length. No song longer than 3 minutes and 45 seconds. Music for the attention-deficit generation. I can listen to it in its completion on my walk to work in the morning, literally timed so if I start playing as I leave the train… it finishes playing as I walk into the office’s lobby. Haha. No song needs to be skipped! I also set myself an ambitious goal; dont allow a single verse or chorus to sound the same as the rest of the verses and choruses of that song. Switch up the instruments, the lyrics, the arrangement, the mic depths, etc etc! Keep things interesting throughout and keep the listener on edge. Which is pretty close to what The Beach Boys were doing in the late-60s really!

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    To really keep things interesting throughout, I played around with using delays, pitch-shifts, static, samples and early-2000s style stuttering effects (remember songs like this?). In my first record I wanted to make pop rock again. This time around, I was OK with just making pop that rocked. Subtle difference. That empowered me to skew more digitally when it suited. Which meant that all those warping tricks were either done with my AKAI MPD-26 pad controller, or virtually with software like Stutter Edit, PrimalTap, and Trash 2.

    Is there a particular track or theme that the EP was formed around?
    Probably everything stemmed from I’m Going Home, the EP’s closer. It’s a song about being homesick while living overseas. Something many young Kiwis are probably familiar with. At the beginning of the track, I’m thinking I’ll go home back to NZ to be with my family. But by the end I realise my family’s actually proud I’m having a crack at life away from Godzone, and maybe I should lean into that; conquering my fears and anxieties. So yeah, each song on the record sees me (or a character) Swallow Fear and try to then overcome that fear.

    Where do you see the EPs place in growing an audience online? Do you see it as a progression towards an album or a separate entity?
    You know what’s really weird? When you release new things these days, your fans check it out, and then go back and listen to your old stuff too. It’s like, while you’re top of mind, they make the most of it. I’ve certainly found that with this EP and single release. Spotify tells me my streams are 303% increased month over month, and the majority of that is my first record having a mini-revival! In that regard, it seems advantageous to most artists to release more frequently, rather than take 2 years out between big bang type releases. In some situations, that might be an EP, and in others that might be something more like what Lawrence Arabia did in 2018; releasing a single per month throughout the whole year. The influence of all-you-can-eat streaming is going to have some huge ramifications on the industry, the likes of which we are only just starting to see now.

    Which digital platforms is it available on?
    All of them… I think! I can’t get my Alexa to recognise my Kiwi accent and play it, ha, but aside from that it’s on the usual suspects: Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Google Play, YouTube, TikTok even, etc etc.! Check Swallow Fear out from November 24th wherever you normally play music.

    Are you doing any gigs or promotion for its release?
    I need to figure out how to clone myself, or hire a barbershop choir / finally get over my aversion to playing along with a backing track first! In all seriousness, that’s sort of why we went so hard on the music video for Blotted Out The Background; we wanted to show what a live gig would be like where I play all the instruments and sing all the parts simultaneously. That video’s the closest you can get to a one-man band!


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    The Eighth Note: Tom Ashman

    22.11.19 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘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.

    Up next is Tom Ashman, a musician and songwriter from Scotland, now based in Wellington.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    Tom Ashman, I play grungey, rocky, punk/folk.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    Mainly my latest album ‘Degenerate’ availible on Spotify and all the other platforms.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Probably on Youtube, Spotify or on my Facebook page.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    By The Way – RHCP
    Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against The Machine
    Nevermind – Nirvana

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    Anyone with cool tunes!

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    The tunnel at the train station or Cuba Mall!

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    I tend to just start out playing afew chords and then the melody and word just kind of pop into my head. I don’t usually sit down with the intention of writing a song, that rarely works, in my experience.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Wellington Night Markets – 23rd November
    The Boathouse Nelson, Opening for The Warratahs – 29th November


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    The Eighth Note: Sports Dreams

    15.11.19 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘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.

    Up next is Shannen from Fruit Juice Parade, whose new Wgtn/PN band Sports Dreams have just released their debut E.P.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    My name is Shannen Petersen, I’m the singer and guitarist in Sports Dreams.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    We just released our first EP, also called Sports Dreams, and two singles from it called Drive and Sports Dreams. We reeeeeally seem to like our name. We’re also working on a few more songs that we’ll end up playing later in the year, but no plans for more releases just at the moment.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Facebook, Instagram, Bandcamp and Spotify!

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Oh this is a hard one!! I listened to a lot of Taylor Swift when I was first learning to play guitar, so her album Fearless has to be pretty up there. Another one – one of my friends used to be in a band called Man in Rug and they released their EP in my first year of high school, at that point I’d heard nothing like it in my life and thought it was the best thing ever! So Man in Rug by Man in Rug definitely gets a mention. The last one would have to be Lush by Snail Mail, I think it’s beautiful and heartfelt and is everything I ever want to achieve in an album.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    I’ve been really enjoying the new Secret Knives album, as well as the new Mermaidens one. I always love seeing Linen play too, so I’d be super happy to work with any of them!

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    I love playing at San Fran! We recently played there with Hans Pucket on their New Zealand tour, it was the most fun. The big stage is always a good time.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    I generally start by writing a guitar line, or editing some words together into vague song-form. I write a lot in the notes on my phone and find it easier to pull verses and lines together from that than to think of them on the spot at a practice! Then Fraser, my bandmate, and I get together for a practice and he adds synth lines, drums, pretty swirly things to the song.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    We’re playing in Auckland on the 23rd of November with Carb on Carb, at Whammy Backroom, and we’ve got one more show in the works for Wellington before then! [Zinefest midparty: Unsanitary Napkin, sports dreams, Hybrid Rose].


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    The Eighth Note: Oh Sweet Nothings

    08.11.19 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘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.

    Up next is Aeron, lead singer, guitarist and primary song writer of Oh Sweet Nothings, who have just released their debut E.P ‘Emergency Procedures”.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    We are a 3-sometimes-4-piece, indie/post-alternative/post-post-punk band called Oh Sweet Nothings and we write songs about life and shit… In their review of our EP, Muzic.net.nz said we sound “like a grungy, grainy punked up version of The White Stripes”. Clarrie’s Mum said we sound “pretty good ayy.”

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    We released our first EP late last month! We have a cheeky music video for “You’re So Special” coming out on the 8th November. We’re also sitting on a 12 track album, but there’s still a lot of work to be done on that one.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    We’re pretty much everywhere online – Spotify, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Bandcamp. And a bunch of other random places I’ve never heard of like Deezer and 7Digital. We’re most active on Facebook and Instagram.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Damn! Speaking purely for myself, if I’m limiting it to 3, I’d probably go with: Kid A, Songs for the Deaf and Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness.

    Which other Wellington musician(s) would you most like to work with?
    I/we’d be open to working with anyone who has an open mind and a good work ethic. But to name drop a few dream collabs: GingerKiss (which will 100% happen), Secret Knives, and Popstrangers, assuming they reform and come back to Wellington (please do).

    What is your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    Each venue has its quirks and charms. We love playing anywhere and we’ve never had a bad experience working with any of them. That being said, my answer right now would be Valhalla man. Ben and the team are so friendly, accommodating and onto it. Not to mention the rig they have there and the spacious stage. Moon would be a close second though!

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    It depends on the song – each one has its own story – but generally they start off as either an improv jam that someone records on their phone, or someone comes up with a riff or idea and that gets fleshed out in a DAW. Most of our songs were based off of ideas that either me or our old bassist Oliver (who is no longer with us – he’s kind of like the Syd Barrett of our band) came up with, and it would usually be me who fleshes them out and makes the call when they’re “finished.”

    Where/when is your next gig?
    8th of November at The Third Eye on Arthur St, with LOTU and Teresa the Rat. Come along oi it’ll be a sick as night.


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    New E.P: Double G #GG

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    ‘New EP’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Gaylon Hindley, AKA Double G mAkeAbangA, an artist/Producer/live performer, born in Cape Town, South Africa holding it down for the 04 Wellington. Double G #GG has been active in the NZ music scene over the last few years and has opened for the likes of international artist and Grammy nominated Lloyd(USA) and Hip Hop sensation Vince Staples(USA) and local legend CheFu and the likes of Donell Lewis Kenyon Brown. His debut EP ‘i’ is out now on all major platforms, and features 6 tracks excessively produced by Local Wellington Producer JAH BEATzMUSIK.

     

    When/where was the new EP recorded?
    The EP was recorded and mixed in my home studio and mastered by Jamin Ese.

    Who produced/engineered the EP? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    Jah sent me a beat pack a year ago and I slowly completed this project using all the beats provided, amongst playing constant live shows across NZ and working fulltime. JAHBEATsMUSIK aka Jamin Ese produced all the beats and mastered the project as well and slipped me one final beat with a feature from himself which completed the project.

    Did the shorter format of an EP give you the option to experiment in any way with your sound or with different forms of song-writing?
    I always tend to experiment with each piece of music I receive, from freestyling to catch a vibe to having whitty lyrics complement my ever changing flow structure. I love experimenting and the evolution of music.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    MacBook Pro with Logic Pro X & Garage band this is my go to DAW Scarlet 2i2 audio interface and a rode NT-1A microphone. My producer Jah uses FL studio for the production side.

    Is there a particular track or theme that the EP was formed around?
    The i track and leading single was inspired by me cementing myself in the Wellington scene. I have literally done the hard miles and this track is a statement and testament to that grind and come up.

    Where do you see the EPs place in growing an audience online? Do you see it as a progression towards an album or a separate entity?
    This EP will be a standalone and first-time collaboration between myself and jamin with many other projects in mind for the future. I definitely have a singles and project ready to go after this one.

    Which digital platforms is it available on?
    Available through all major streaming platforms including Spotify, Apple music and even TikTok.

    Are you doing any gigs or promotion for its release?
    I have been promoting the i EP through all my live shows I’ve been playing over the last year Including GMGs IMOL series which I am the Host and performing artist, and will continue to do so. My next Live show will be 2nd of November at Moon Bar New Town for the IMOL end of year showcase.


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    New Album: Lake South

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    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Lake South, whose latest album ‘Wellington | Te Upoko O Te Ika’ featured songs about Holloway Road in Newtown, Ellice St in Mt Victoria, the South Coast, Makara and other spots dotted around the region. In the lead up to his album release he created a website featuring a map and small headphone icons, which you can listen to if you travel to each song’s location.

     

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    It was recorded between September 2018 and January 2019 at:
    – A house in Mount Eden, Tāmaki Makaurau
    – A bach in Whanarua Bay, East Coast
    – A flat in Hataitai, Te Whanganui A Tara
    – Boycrush’s studio, also in Mount Eden, Tāmaki Makaurau.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    I produced and engineered everything except the drum kit which we did in Alastair’s studio. As usual, it was all pretty DIY. I just set up my laptop and soundcard wherever I could.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    I wrote all the songs on my acoustic guitar while I was living in Toronto in 2017/18. Some of the themes are:
    – Place
    – The meaning in moments gone/Why has that stayed with me all these years?
    – Friendship
    – The epic in the ordinary
    – We are history and we are present.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    I normally just follow the songs. This time that meant more of an ‘organic’ sound I think? There’s more acoustic drums and quite a band vibe. I’m stoked to be playing the songs live with a drummer (Eddie).

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    I guess the acoustic drums and bass guitar? I use whatever gear I can borrow/get for very cheap.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    I think Holloway Road shows the mix of electronic and organic sounds. I think it’s also a song that succeeds in communicating the transcendence that we can find in our ordinary lives.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    Yes! We’ve made a set of 11 postcards (+ a CD). Each postcard is a visually representation of a song. Nick Salmon did the photography/design and he did an awesome job. Available from Bandcamp or Slowboat Records on Cuba St.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs? Are you doing any gigs or promotion for its release?
    Yes! The video for Mount Victoria/Tangi-te-keo was filmed on location at the old Ellice St Quarry and is out in November. Videos for South Coast and Holloway Road are out now. We’re playing a big public show in Wellington in January – I’m excited about it.


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