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    New Album: TEETH

    21.04.17 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Luke Buda who is part of a new music project called Teeth (along with David Long, Anthony Donaldson and Tom Callwood) who are releasing their self-titled debut album to coincide with Record Store Day 2017 (Apr 22nd).

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    At the (now non existent!) Car Club in Berhampore. We did the band takes in 3 days, which is about .0003% of the time that Phoenix Foundation usually take so that was refreshing. I think we recorded those in late 2015. Then we added a few (just a few, mind) layers, mostly at Dave’s studio The Swearing Room, and I took a while to get lyrics and vocals together which I mostly did in my bedroom, while the kids were at school or asleep. In fact I recorded the very last line of vocals for the album on the morning that we were heading into the Surgery for mixing, while my kids were brushing their teeth (OMG) before school… OH did I mention that my partner was in Malaysia for an artist residency and I was solo adding while making this record? Then we mixed it in 3 days!

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    Our good friends and great song and dance man Thomas Brodie Watson came and helped us set up the Mics and adjust the pre amps just so. Then we just did it all ourselves after that. The tracks were all tiny tiny little ideas that I brought to Ant in 2014 when we first started jamming. Then as the rest of the members arrived the tracks slowly but surely solidified. We did a bunch of gigs with me mumbling as I did not have lyrics… everything came together slowly but naturally. Then when it came time to record it only took 3 days.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    The songwriting happened cause there was an album of recorded band takes of music and they needed singing. I find lyrics pretty hard work generally, and this was no different. The overall themes would probably be: feeling like you are crazy and wanting to hide from the world.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    Yes. The whole idea behind Teeth was that it would be a way looser jammier thing than Phoenix Foundation.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    Not really, it was more of a mind set.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    Hmmm not really, I can’t pick one out above the others, though Teeth the song is a good example of our brand of wild and free “moron groove”.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    It will be out on CD on the 22nd of April. Still working on the vinyl idea… not sure which digital platforms yet. Probably all of them. Every single one.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs?
    We have one video, should be released soon.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


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    The Eighth Note: DoubleG

    21.04.17 | 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.

    Today’s guest is Producer/Rapper DoubleG.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    I am DoubleG mAkeAbangA (make a hit) in plain English. Born and raised in Cape Town South Africa holding it down for Wellington. I have been recording and mixing my own tracks since 2006 when I arrived on the NZ shores.
    Coming to NZ presented myself with a world of opportunities that we simply did not have growing up in South Africa. I was able to purchase my first microphone and used the software that was included as a package. With little to no Knowledge at all I took to Google and YouTube to educate myself on how to use certain software and hardware. I was instantly hooked when I heard myself play back through the speakers.
    My entire family plays some form of instrument or has sung in bands choirs ect. And my Father is a DJ. I finally found my gift and this was to become a producer/rapper. I haven’t stopped year after year I spent harnessing my skills and kept on building. I design all my own cover art for my singles and do posters and cover art for artist around wellington one of many skills.
    Currently I am the Co-founder of GMG a small company that helps up and coming artist with stage presence, shows , and production. Lunar Ignite is this platform.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    I have been working on countless singles/remixes for up and coming artists and collaborating with a small selection of artists, as well as running the Lunar Ignite showcase alongside my manger Lucy Jo.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    The Double G Facebook Page. Everything goes through my page for promotional purposes. And SoundCloud

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Lil Wayne – The Carter 2
    The score –The Fugees
    The Game – the Documentary

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    This is tough as I have featured with a few Artists in Wellington/Auckland and Hamilton and have a few features in the making.
    But Around NZ:
    Yung Cliff aka Swade Wallace (Wanganui)
    Ammo Nation (Hamilton)
    Donell Lewis

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    Moon Bar the place that I started got mad love for that place and the events manager shout out Julian Taylor.

    In your song writing or composing (or the band’s song writing) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    I always say to people I’m an impulsive producer even though I have melodies going through my head every day I clear my mind and let the music speak to me. I produce my own material and have been exclusively working on my own sound for the last two years.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Apr 22nd Lunar Ignite #3 @ Moon1.
    May 12th 8Ignite @ Meow – Ignite NZ Hip-Hop Showcase
    June 2nd WellyBound2 Presented and Hosted by Algoodz ENT.


    Credit To Ben Jordan PC Official


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    The Eighth Note: EDIE

    19.04.17 | 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.

    Today’s guest is Anna from EDIE.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    We’re Edie (Anna Edgington vox & Thomas Friggens drums). Always hard to describe your own music, ’cause you’re too close to it and deep down the rabbit hole. But some words that come to mind are: weird, rich, glitchy, bass heavy, full of vocals, hypnotic, weird, wonderful.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    Yup, a bunch of stuff. Thomas Friggens, mind blowing drummer has come on board in the last 6 months and brings a whole new dimension & breath to the sound. So, we haven’t released for a while, as we’ve been working on our live set. However, we’re finishing a few tracks, which is a relief, as they’ve been marinating around for a bit too long and everyone is having a go at me for it – keep your ears peeled in the next month.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Facebook will give you a good idea of where and who we’re playing with. You can download the old EP via Bandcamp for free.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Arg, do I have to boil it down to 3?
    Amnesiac – Radiohead
    Portishead – Dummy
    Aphex Twin – drukQs

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    There are so many..but right now, I would like to work with mHz – Mo H Zareei

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    San Fran for Bernie and Bass & Rogue & Vagabond for love of musicians and good shit.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    It’s different for each track…What is common though, is making sure we/I have free access to pen paper/piano/microphone and computer…Thomas and I have begun writing together, which has been really exciting. He sends through beat/percussion, I’ll send back some harmonic/melodic ideas and we will build on that and magic is made, or vice versa. It has been a way of generating material and enthusiasm really quickly – there’s less self-criticism in the mix, which means more creativity.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    San Fran! Friday 21st April. SoccerPractise are coming down from Auckland – they are incredible. Jet Jaguar will be joining us PLUS a secret guest who will blow your mind…

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    The Eighth Note: Nuro GL

    12.04.17 | 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.

    Today’s guest is Trance/House artist Nuro GL, who runs the local label Beast Mode Recordings.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    Hi there, I’m Alexei Reynolds (aka NuroGL) – I’m 28, born in Wellington, NZ! Lovely place glad to be here still! I have been writing/producing music for around 15 years or more (forgotten) mainly trance, hard trance & hard house which are my passion personally, and many others around the globe. Just over the last year or so I have started my own business that is my record label Beast Mode Recordings, and the sub label Trance Mode Recordings which houses some of the best and most talented producers from around the globe, we’re doing pretty well for a young label.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    I work on tons of different tunes everyday, its my job, mainly ghost engineer people’s tunes or remix stems or parts of their track. No Album on the way as yet as I make far too many tracks to even consider anything, stay tuned?

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    On Facebook & Soundcloud.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    * Trance Nation 2 mixed by Ferry Corsten (Ministry of Sound)
    * Sash – Trilenium
    * Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory
    (also a big metal fan, influences in my latest track Eternal Abyss)

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    I know plenty of other producers here in Wellington too bad they are only house or bass music producers, they have no interest in collaborating with a hard dance producer, its a true story, I’ve tried.

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    Bodega (now gone) 🙁

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    Often at random, I hear a melody or riff in my head and I put it down to paper, in this case, the Digital Audio Workstation, FL Studio. Lately its melodies then I write the percussion around it.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    19th May @ The Grand, its called Harderground 2 and it has a collection of the finest DJs from Australiasia and here. Check it out on Facebook!


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    New Album: Into Orbit

    06.04.17 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Ian Moir, who is one half of post-rock duo Into Orbit.

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    We recorded it in much the same way that we did our first album Caverns, self-recorded over the course of about a year in our storage unit rehearsal space in Seaview.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    Like with Caverns, I was recording engineer and we recorded the whole thing in our rehearsal space. Because we record ourselves it allows us to really take our time every step of the way, writing jamming and recording all kind of blur into one for us. We record basically everything we do and eventually demos turn into final versions. Jake Booth of Mordecai Records in Hamilton mixed the album and Mike Gibson of Munki Studios mastered it.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    Although there’s definitely a certain feel to the visual style, song titles and atmosphere of the music, as an instrumental band we don’t have to think too deeply about themes and we like to leave it somewhat ambiguous. We wanted to continue down the path we had established with ‘Caverns’ of making dark atmospheric heavy music. As for songwriting, Paul often brings in riff ideas, and a lot of the time ideas come straight out of the free jams we have a couple of times a week. I spend a fair bit time going through our recordings arranging and expanding on ideas, so it’s a good split of us working together and separately on the material.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    Not intentionally, if anything we were trying to not sound too wildly different. We don’t do much talking or planning about what kind of songs we want to write, we just jam out every idea we have, and make songs out of the ones that fit the feel of Into Orbit. We have at least another album worth of material that didn’t make it onto Caverns or Unearthing due to being too different.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    No not really, gear-wise very similar to our first album. Same recording equipment and no dramatic changes to the amps and drums we recorded with. The biggest difference to the sound of this album is due to the mixing engineer Jake, he has his own sound to his mixes and he really went the extra mile for us and got it sounding huge, especially the drum sound.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    Hmmm, they’re all very different, I think you really need to listen to the whole album to get the full essence. We released Dark Matter and Gilgamesh as singles in 2016. Dark Matter gives you a bit of an idea of the vibe of the album. ‘Gilgamesh’ is just a freak of a song, nothing on either album sounds like it, and I don’t know if we could write something like it again if we tried.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    Yes, we have CD’s available on our Bandcamp page. And we’re taking pre-orders for vinyl copies expected to arrive mid-May. It’s also up on Spotify, iTunes, and Bandcamp.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs?
    There are no fixed plans yet, but a couple of months ago a prominent music video director in the UK who has worked with some big names like Mogwai and Converge contacted us saying he loves our music wants to work with us. His work is amazing, so we’re gonna apply for some NZ on Air funding and hopefully make that happen before the end of the year.


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    The Eighth Note: Hex

    28.03.17 | 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.

    Today’s guest is Liz from Hex.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    We are three friends, but also Greta and Kirsten are married to each other. Our music is a weird mix of heavy guitars and drums with intertwining vocals and harmonies. We write songs about the power of nature and the horror of humans.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    We just released our second single from our upcoming album. The song is called Page of Pentacles and the album will be ‘Past, Present, Future’. We’re into tarot too.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    http://thebesthex.com/

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    For me (Liz Mathews, drummer) I would say:
    Patti Smith – Horses
    Sleater-Kinney – Dig Me Out
    The Need – The Need

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    We are in the beginning stages of writing a rock opera with The All Seeing Hand. I also love Earth Tongue and I Drink Your Blood.

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    Valhalla. Every time.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    First comes a riff, then we jam on it, go away, come back, Greta and Kiki sing together in the car and write lyrics at home and bring it back. Other times a song is laid before me and I just drum. It’s all the best.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Psych fest in Auckland, then 10 dates in Australia!


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    The Eighth Note: Ready Sett

    23.03.17 | 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.

    Today’s guest is Anj from Ready Sett.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    We are a two-piece rock/pop duo called Ready Sett. Based in Wellington, New Zealand, Ready Sett began working on material in early 2014. Anj Barton (vocals and guitar) and Tim Gau (drums) drew inspiration for their songs from early White Stripes and Black Keys recordings. After a burst of gigs following their emergence, 12-months down the track they released their debut Badger EP in December 2015. Mid-2016 saw Olivia Campion taking over as drummer and backing vocalist. The two bonded over their love for punk, indie, and riot grrrl groups of the ‘90s, which led to the creation of fast paced, pop-punk styled tunes. The duo’s songs reflect their feminist consciousness, coming to life through simple pop hooks, crushing guitar riffs and irreverent humour.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    We’ve been writing lots of new material lately and hoping to record a second EP mid-2017.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    https://readysett.bandcamp.com/album/the-badger-ep
    https://www.facebook.com/readysettband/

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Most of Pearl Jam’s albums and PJ Harvey – Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea. Big influences for us both include Sleater Kinney and Warpaint.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    Emerald from Draghound – she’s an amazing guitarist who makes the most amazing sounds and has great chops. She can make that guitar really sing! Also Kristen from Tidal Rave, they’re an awesome band that’s hit Wellington recently.

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    Hard to pick a favourite, but we’ve enjoyed some excellent gigs at Moon and Caroline thus far.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    Usually I (Anj) will have a guitar riff or progression written and then I’ll show this to Olivia in the jam room. Sometimes I might have lyrics already but other times it will just be an instrumental idea. Once we’re jamming, ideas often take shape spontaneously and a song can be fully written in a matter of hours, lyrics included. Other times I might have a complete song already and then Olivia will work up a beat for it. Lyrics often come second to the music (but not always) and we both write backing vocal parts which Olivia then sings. In sum, it’s a different process each time and always changing! There’s no one set ‘formula’ is what I’m trying to say.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Cuba Dupa on Saturday at 12.30pm (Glover Park stage).

    Check out this cheeky vid of our new song, thanks MOON 1 for having us on friday! #technologyaintmyfriend #irony

    Posted by Ready Sett on Saturday, 20 August 2016

    "Share The Load"

    Video courtesy of Kiri Stevens

    Posted by Ready Sett on Monday, 29 September 2014


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    The Eighth Note: No Sleep after Midnight

    23.03.17 | 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.

    Today’s guest is No Sleep after Midnight.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    We are a 4 piece rock band from the Hutt Valley who put our own twist on our favourite rock songs, while also bringing in our own music so there is something for everyone

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    We have just written our new song, Danny Darko as well as another on the way very, very soon.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    https://www.facebook.com/nosleepaftermidnight/

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Guns N Roses Appetite for Destruction
    Halestorm The strange case of…
    The Runaways self titled album

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    We would love to work with the boys from Mishap one day! They’re super cool guys, and they’ve got incredible talent.

    What ís your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    We love playing shows at Zeal. The atmosphere and the crowd really reminds us why we enjoy playing music in the first place

    In your songwriting or composing (or the bands songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    One of us will come up with a main riff and then we all work together to develop a concept/ idea and building from there.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Zeal Stage at Cuba Dupa on the 25th of March. We are on stage at 6.45, come and check us out!


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    The Eighth Note: Earth Tongue

    23.03.17 | 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.

    Today’s guest is Ezra from Earth Tongue.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    We are a two-piece psych rock band from Newtown. We started the band as a bit of a side-project from our other bands (Mermaidens, Red Sky Blues, Onono) about eight months ago. From the start people responded to our live sets pretty well so we recorded an EP straight away and kept gigging. The music is psychedelic, groovy and heavy with a dynamic mix of female and male vocals.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    We’ve had a really great Summer of playing shows and festivals around NZ. We’ve been a bit too busy to write much lately but we’re planning on recording again very soon!

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    earthtongue.bandcamp.com or Facebook.com/earthtongueband.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Queens of the Stoneage – Songs for the Deaf
    Black Sabbath – Masters of Reality
    The Datsuns – Out of Sight Out of Mind

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    Frazer Dozer would be great to work with if I ever got the chance!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    What ís your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    San Fran or Caroline at the moment!

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    Normally we’ll start with one riff, then decide what kind of image and feel the riff conjures up – then one of us will write lyrics accordingly. We don’t take it too seriously. It’s a fun project! The songs normally go through a few weeks/months of development before we’re happy with them!

    Where/when is your next gig?
    We’re playing on the Marion St stage at Cuba Dupa this weekend at 7pm! In May we’re playing at Space Place at the Carter Observatory as part of NZ Music Month which we’re really looking forward to!


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    The Eighth Note: Dimestore Skanks

    22.03.17 | 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.

    Today’s guest is Ska/Punk band Dimestore Skanks.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    We are an 8 piece 4th wave ska/punk band. We basically play “The Wellington Sound” at a much higher tempo. We’ve been together for about 5 years now and until recently, we have focused on the dive bar/ punk scene/ house party scene.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    We’ve recently received semi-residency at Leroy’s Bar, so we have furiously been writing new material for a more well-rounded hour and a half set. We are planning on recording a new EP this year, probably in the second half, we’re not really a full album recording kind of band as we’d rather have an all killer, no filler set list. Definitely more of a live band than a studio band.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Facebook.
    Bandcamp.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Pennywise – Full Circle, it got me into punk
    Less Than Jake – Hello Rockview, it got me into ska
    Kitsch – The Way It Was, it got me playing music.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    That’s a tough question as our scene is so small that to be honest, we play with all our favourite Kiwi bands regularly but I’d have to say Brubeck, sadly they broke up 15 years ago but I’m slowly picking my way through the NZ bands that I loved growing up so fingers crossed.

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    Honestly I enjoy nothing more than taking over someone’s lounge or backyard, we’ve played some crazy house parties over the years including one which we shot the video for “Game Over” at.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    It’s a mixed bag really. Being an 8 piece, song writing collectively is sometimes just a headache. We now do a lot of rhythm section recording and build horn lines and melodies. A lot of tracks get started, few make the cut to live set lists

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Cuba Dupa on the top stage at 9.30pm.


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