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    The Eighth Note: George Young

    22.09.17 | Permalink | Comment?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘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 Electronic Soul singer George Young, who has just released his debut EP.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    My name is George Young and I sing and play over soulful beats that I create.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    I have just released my first EP ‘Aside’. Currently working on the next EP.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Spotify. For some reason, I’m the easiest to find George Young on there. Also iTunes.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Neil Young-Harvest
    Gorillaz-Self Titled
    Rage Against The Machine-Self Titled

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    Mara TK. Hollie Smith. Devin Abrams. Warren Maxwell. Fly my Pretties.

    What ’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    Super tough question. They’re all great. We need more.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band ’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    It starts small and somewhere random. Sometimes I find the crux of the song first and work around it. Sometimes it’s a jam and it just flows. It’s always been different and unexpected. That’s what I love about writing!

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Either at the a gig raising money for Kaibosh, an amazing charity. Or I’m playing at the Lombard lane launch. I’m just confirming dates atm.


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    The Eighth Note: Yayné

    19.09.17 | Permalink | Comment?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘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 neo-soul singer Yayné.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    Hey I’m Yayné, I’m a neo-soul singer hailing from Chch and now based here in Wellington as of just over a year ago. Before this I was based in Auckland for 3 years, which was a great move in terms of the connections I made in the industry, and getting a feel for the different scenes. Wellington definitely takes the cake though! I released my debut solo E.P Simple Pleasure at the beginning of this year, and before that I featured on a long list of collaborations with some really talented local musicians. I have a degree in performing arts, and have been singing since before I could talk apparently!

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    Lately I’ve just been laying low, jamming with the band and working on some original music. Ideally we’d like to release an EP early next year!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Either Facebook, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes, Tumblr.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Alicia Keys – Songs in A Minor
    Christina Aguilera – Stripped
    Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

    Yayné ft. MeloDownz ~ IDFWU ~ Live at Cassette 9 (4.2.17)

    Here's a snippet of 'IDFWU' ft. MELODOWNZ from Saturday's gig in AKL… Thanks to everyone who made it along!! & Madcap for hosting us ~ was a dope night. Cheers to Chelsea for capturing this x You can download the whole 'Simple Pleasure' EP for FREE via Bandcamp/Spotify/iTunes… Go get! yayne.bandcamp.com xxx

    Posted by Yayné on Sunday, 5 February 2017

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    Mara TK / Electric Wire Hustle
    Troy Kingi

    What ’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    So far the Rogue and Vagabond!

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band ’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    It’s so deferent every time depending on the inspiration and when it strikes but at the moment with the band, we start with a jam, without thinking too much about it, see where it takes us, see if any solid ideas form, record what we can and go from there :). See what strikes us listening back and what we can build on, maybe go away and work on parts on our own and bring it back to the next practice.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Saturday September 30th at Rogue and Vagabond ~ see you there!! 🙂


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    New Album: Kariiiba

    14.09.17 | Permalink | Comment?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Wellington producer Clae Baxter aka Kariiiba, whose latest album ‘Hot Shower Muzak’ was released earlier this month.

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    The album was made over the last couple of years, at home in my bedroom!

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    I produced HOT SHOWER MUZAK entirely by myself! I have recently been sorting through a whole heap of unreleased music, and these particular 12 tracks came together as single project based upon a shared lush, bouncy, spicy aesthetic that I came to know as HOT SHOWER MUZAK. I have another couple of releases coming up that were created in the same way, sorting through my beats and grouping songs together based on their ‘vibe’.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    Making music is like a game to me, it’s my ideal leisure activity, so the album really just stems from me mucking around and having fun in my DAW in my evenings or on the weekend.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    HOT SHOWER MUZAK to me, is music that sounds like a hot shower feels.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    My Native Instruments Maschine is my baby, I make pretty much all of my music using that beautiful little thing.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    It’d have to be ‘garlic’ for capturing the overall vibe, though swisher and ‘whipper’ are two personal favs of mine.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    No physical copy, but you can get it pretty much anywhere online: Spotify, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, iTunes, a bunch of other places.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs?
    The whole album can be viewed on YouTube, though I wouldn’t call em ‘proper’ videos. Working on some stuff for upcoming releases though so watch this space.


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    New EP: Blaek

    12.09.17 | Permalink | 1 Comment

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New EP’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest EP release. Up next is classically trained vocal virtuoso Rose Blake (Ida Lune, Pales), who has stepped into new territory with her exploration of the electronic music world with new musical project Blaek.

    When/where was the new EP recorded?
    The EP was recorded in a few different places. The vocals were recorded in my home studio, while the strings were recorded in a larger space at my friend’s house. Other elements, including the analogue synths, and computer-generated sounds were recorded at home. I worked on the songs throughout 2015 and 2016.

    Who produced/engineered the EP? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    I worked with a good friend, Al Green, who co-produced the EP with me. I went to him with the written tracks and had some good sessions working through the sounds I wanted to create. It was a very honest process and if I didn’t like something he did, I felt comfortable to say so and vice versa.

    Does 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?
    Definitely, it was my first venture into creating this kind of music. I think writing in this format gave me the opportunity to play around with different sounds and take risks to find out what I wanted to create without it being too overwhelming.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    I was lucky to have access to some exciting synths such as a Juno-60 and a few other gems such as several Dave Smith synths. I was very excited to be able to manipulate the timbre of the sound to fit with the different moods of each song. I was also interested in manipulating my voice. This is something I’ve never done before and I found it fascinating to experiment with all the different ways you can manipulate such a personal instrument.

    Is there a particular track or theme that the EP was formed around?
    I never settled on a specific theme for the EP but I think there is a personal and restless quality throughout the work. I really wanted the listener to be able to make their own connections with the music without spelling out the meaning of each song directly to them. At the same time, I also wanted to express more personal and specific feelings or things that I have experienced in my own life.

    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?
    The EP has been released purely online, as this is my very first release under the name Blaek. it’s a crucial step in getting my music out there and making it available to a wider audience. I think this is a step towards an album or another EP. I feel like this has been a great way to find the initial sound of Blaek and now I can explore it further. I have also been working with a new local Wellington label called Ball of Wax – they have been great at helping my release and promote the EP!

    Which digital platforms is it available on?
    The EP is available to listen to or purchase on Bandcamp, Soundcloud, iTunes and Spotify.

    Are you doing any gigs or promotion for its release?
    I have now done a release gig but I’m planning to perform more gigs in the future!


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    New Album: Starving Millions

    05.09.17 | Permalink | Comment?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Starving Millions, whose new album ‘V’ was released late last week.

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    We recorded this album in July/August mostly in our rehearsal room at Toi Poneke. A few parts were added at Dave’s house and all the vocals were done at our friend Jimmys as he has vocal booth set up.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    We produced the album ourselves, we had complete control over every step of the process and could be quite flexible with how we did things. Throughout recording we shared the tracks on dropbox to give feedback on the mix and sound.
    Peter recorded his guitar parts first so that Sam could write lead lines at home and then bring to recording. Sam created the first half of the intro track on his set up at his house and then set to Dave for Mixing and mastering.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    Dave has had these songs written for quite a while, so after he wrote the backbone of the songs, it was a case of taking it apart, adding/changing parts and putting it back together. Pete had most of the lyrics completed before recording with only a few changes made on the day of recording.
    The lyrics are mainly taking a look at the state of social and racial divisions in life and politics but trying to look with hope for improvement the current low we are in.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    We wanted to stick to the dark and heavy sound of our last album but we also wanted to look to where we can branch out into our music. We shared a lot of other bands with each other and talked about what aspects we liked and wanted to play.
    Dave based a lot of the guitar riffs on the drums and then worked into a song strong structure. We approach the songs based on the fact that we will be playing them live and we want to catch the vibe. The drums were tracked live with minimal touch ups, so that we can get that sense of live sound.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    There’s no secret sauce to our recording gear. It’s the type of equipment that normally find in a hardcore punk album. Lot’s of high gain distortion, amps, Sans amp on the bass.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    ‘Us and Them’ really highlights the sound that we were aiming for in this album. It’s a bit more melodic and mid tempo than our previous album, but it shows that progression in style that we wanted.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    Physical copies will be available on CD and Cassette, via Good Times Records and will also be available digitally via Bandcamp, iTunes and Spotify.


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    The Eighth Note: Hault

    01.09.17 | Permalink | Comment?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘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 Sean from heavy rock group Hault, who have just released their debut EP.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    Consider us a Gen X band! We are a Wellington based 3 piece playing original heavy riff based stoner rock with a grunge rock twist! The band consists of myself, Sean Fitzpatrick on bass, Grant Lister on drums and Mike Cole on guitar / vocals. Mike is responsible for penning most of our current songs though we are all now actively making contributions.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    We have just released our first studio EP with 4 songs entitled ‘B Side’ It was recorded here in Wellington at Blue Barn Studios with James Goldsmith (same place and man who did the Beastwars album) and then mastered by Mike Gibson at Park Road Post.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Our website. Music is available on our Bandcamp page. We are currently waiting for the music to be confirmed for Spotify, iTunes and so forth, so it will be available there soon.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Speaking for myself (Sean) I was a massive fan of The Who – especially the Face Dancers album, believe it or not. I was later really taken with progressive bands like Rush – Hemispheres sticks out there for me. Later I would say the King’s X album Dogman – especially in terms of using 8 and 12 string basses…I use an 8 on some Hault songs.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    It is a shame Beastwars have essentially retired as their audience and ours would be very similar. We have had the joy of playing with many other brilliant up and coming local acts that people really should pay more attention to. Ultranauts for example are writing brilliant songs – also Electric Goat and Greene King have a sound that works with ours. Captured Kings are a band of young guys who I enjoyed playing with – they do old school European Power Metal – not like our sound at all but those guys are going to go far. The important thing is playing with bands who have a similar audience to yourself – that way you know you are going to deliver a good night for the people who paid at the door.

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    We play at Valhalla a lot – it is about the only decent place in town for a band like ours. It has the right vibe and Ben has always been a huge support for Hault.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    We were lucky when the band came together that both Mike and I had a lot of songs we had written previously. Some were complete, some just ideas – but we have been playing mainly Mike’s compositions until recently when a few of mine were added to the set. Trick has been to find songs one has written that suit the style of the band.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    We are playing in the first heat of the Battle of the Bands at Valhalla October 11. There is also a 99% chance of a gig at Lovelands, Porirua on October 7th so stay tuned!


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    New Album: The Emptys Response

    29.08.17 | Permalink | Comment?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Jamie Scott Palmer, whose solo project is called The Emptys Response. A prolific musician he has recorded 11 albums & 8 EPs since 2011, and is also a member of new group Dreams are like Water. His latest (11th) album is ‘Love is the Answer’.

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    In my bedroom in our very musical flat in Berhampore, over the course of the last week and a half and finished last night though I need to re-bounce and re-upload one track ’cause I noticed a glitch when I listened this morning as I drank my coffee. I’ll get onto that immediately after answering these questions.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    I produced and engineered it myself DIY style at home.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    I’m pretty spontaneous and tend to fly by the seat of my pants though I always have ideas, usually a theme, and moods which I bring to my albums, EP’s or single tracks. My plan was to have the album start off quite heavy, and fast. The album has a Taoist type Yin Yang aspect to it starting off dark and heavy with electronica elements to it. The 2nd half of the album is the more Yin/effeminate part. Some of the album was improvised. In fact most of it was.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    Kind of but it does relate a bit to my 2nd most recent album recording called Caffeine and Painkillers in the sense that it has similar electronica elements to it. That was another quick recording, finished within 4 days while I had time off work due to a fractured clavicle injury, hence the title ‘Caffeine and Painkillers.’ I was consuming a lot of that stuff during the making of that album.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    Yes, Redrum in Reason 5.0, Reason effects, Pro Tools plug in effects, a MIDI keyboard
    (emulating various synths, basses, strings, distorted guitar loops,) my cello, a melodica, some very shy vocals saturated in effects, a Fender Squier Jaguar, Takamine acoustic guitar, a beaten up old punk rock bass guitar with wires dangling out and taped up to keep the body intact, and some other stuff.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    Not really, no.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    Nothing tangible/physical and no plan to do that either. It is available here.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs?
    No. However I do plan to write up a screenplay, music vid trilogy, maybe aim for some funding via a grant for this recording of mine which is the fully finished soundtrack to the aforementioned music vid trilogy I plan to make one day, maybe next year. Here’s the link to that soundtrack.


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    The Eighth Note: Jef Minus

    25.08.17 | Permalink | Comment?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘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’s are Jef Minus who have just released their debut EP ‘Live at Building N’.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    We are jef minus…we are simple men with simple pleasures.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    Yes! we have just released a 6 track EP recorded live in Newtown. these were the first tracks we learnt as a band. We have 14 songs now.

    Jef Minus The Fright Alone

    The Fright Alone Jef Minus demos building N

    Posted by Jef Minus on Wednesday, 8 February 2017

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Facebook. iTunes. Or get down to a gig and see for yourself.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Matt….. Specials/The Specials
    Dave…. Supergrass/I should coco
    Mick…. Rancid/And out come the wolves

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    Matt…. Grace and Gilmour
    Dave…. doesn’t get out much!
    Mick…. happy with the current line up

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    Old Bodega

    Your Blackened Heart Jef Minus

    Your Blackened Heart Jef Minus demos building N

    Posted by Jef Minus on Wednesday, 8 February 2017

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    Scrambled eggs lyrics (see Paul McCartney) followed by a hook, if no hook abandon song. once song written dissect then layer accordingly. Do not tighten until happy with end product. Release to masses hotly followed by inevitable disappointment!

    Where/when is your next gig?
    At the home of rock in the Hutt the mighty Angus Inn. 25th august. Free entry.

    Jef Minus – Smile demo's building N

    Posted by Jef Minus on Saturday, 15 April 2017

    Jef Minus Infatuation

    Infatuation Jef Minus demo building N

    Posted by Jef Minus on Wednesday, 8 February 2017


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    New Album: Too Many Chiefs

    24.08.17 | Permalink | Comment?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Andrew London from new group ‘Too Many Chiefs’, which comprises the joint talent of Laura Collins, Rob Joass, Andrew London and Wayne Mason.

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    The Surgery, Wellington,

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    Lee Prebble engineer. Produced by all four members of Too many Chiefs. We had three tracks each and oversaw the production of our own songs.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    Songs all written by four songwriters individually; some recently, some many years ago. The songs represent our live show where we select our favourite originals and contribute to each other’s songs; sometimes swapping instruments. The oldest song we perform is Wayne Mason’s ’Nature’ from 1969.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    We wanted the recording to represent what happens when we perform live.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    No; just our own acoustic instruments.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    The first track is fairly representative. Wayne Mason wrote it around 2015 and plays acoustic guitar. Rob Joass plays bass, Andrew London plays lead guitar (arch top Hofner) and Laura Collins adds vocal harmony.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    Physical CDs and digital downloads available from Bandcamp.com.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs?
    Not yet.


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    New EP: Meech Brothers

    22.08.17 | Permalink | Comment?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New EP’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest EP release. Up next are indie folk-pop band Meech Brothers, whose 3rd EP ‘Brown Owl’ was released earlier this year.

    When/where was the new EP recorded?
    Mostly recorded in Clint’s study with the exception of Diving Bell which was mostly recorded at Toi Poneke Arts Centre when we use to sub-lease a studio there.

    Who produced/engineered the EP? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    Engineered by Clint with a laptop and a good microphone or two. In terms of production, we worked together on the overall sound. Chris Winter (Eb & Sparrow) Mastered it out at Avalon.
    Sometimes one of us would bring an idea – or an almost finished song – along to a session which we would then develop together. Some songs were truly collaborative – being created out of jams during writing sessions.

    Does 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?
    The shorter EP format has always appealed to us – mainly from a practical point of view due to the quite slow way we write – an album would probably take us over 5 years to make based on our track record! But equally, as a statement, it’s nice to focus a few songs on one theme or mood without feeling the need to divert too much from that core proposition – something that you could be tempted to do with an album (out of fear that you need to “mix things up a bit” – which is of course a nonsense – but a trap, nonetheless).

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    All songs were built on a foundation of piano and acoustic guitar. On top of that Gareth has added some lovely electric guitar parts with his Telecaster Thinline (previously owned by a member of Bailter Space) played through a very vintage Fender twin amp. Clint used a Nord keyboard for Wurlitzer and Rhodes electric piano and organ sounds, a MicroKorg synth, a thrift shop Casiotone and a 90’s-era Korg Electribe drum machine. He also even resurected his trumpet – unplayed for years – for one song. The motto throughout the process was to exercise restraint. To not over do it. Most of the contributions of the extra instruments are pretty subtle and intended to add some colour only. Mostly. Hopefully.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Is there a particular track or theme that the EP was formed around?
    Diving Bell was the first song recorded when we were still using studio space at Toi Poneke – it’s the song that bridges the gap between our previous EP, poco and this one – and it’s the song that inspired us to make another EP. I use to think that it was centrepiece song, but as time has gone on, I’ve concluded that Edge of the Earth really is the heart of the EP – both musically and thematically. It is a song that morphs from acoustic folk to something more unusual. Lyrically, it touches on loss and the acceptance of loss, and this is a common theme throughout the EP. Loss, being lost, and being found are all subjects that surface throughout.

    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?
    To my ears it should appeal to people who like that indie folk stuff like Iron and Wine, Bon Iver, Beirut, Advance Base or even Beach House. Connecting with that audience is the trick, though. We recently signed a publishing deal with Jan Hellreigel’s “Songbroker”, so there’s a hope that they may place our music in a film or TV show which of course could have a huge impact on growing an audience. I see the EP as a work in it’s own right. There are no plans for an album in the near future – but never say never! The next goal is to get out there and play live more.

    Which digital platforms is it available on?
    Just Bandcamp at the moment.

    Are you doing any gigs or promotion for its release?
    Official EP release gig will be held at Le Maquis in Wadestown on Sunday 1 October (in the afternoon).


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