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    New Album: Secret Knives

    10.12.19 | Permalink | Comment?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘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

    05.12.19 | Permalink | Comment?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘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?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘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?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘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?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘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

    01.11.19 | Permalink | Comment?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘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

    31.10.19 | Permalink | Comment?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘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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    The Eighth Note: Loner and the Nobody’s

    25.10.19 | 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.

    Up next is Grayson from new band Loner and the nobody’s (featuring members of Macho Macho), who have just released debut E.P Bowie’s Dead.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    We’re loner and the nobody’s. Comprised of Loner, and Milhouse and Cone, comprising the nobody’s. We write songs about being lonely, and a nobody – we guess our genre is somewhere between punk and new-wave. We put ourselves under the umbrella of no-wave but I’m sure some music geek out there will kindly explain to us why we’re not.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    We’ve been trying to add to our set. We used a bunch of loner’s old songs as well as writing some new ones, but now we’ve run out of the old ones and so we have way more freedom and wanna mess around with way different sounds.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Right now all we’ve released music-wise is our EP on Bandcamp. We’re going to release on Spotify when we are more organised and are certain on what we want to do with distribution stuff. Boring really. You can also find us on Instagram and Facebook – just our name.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    At least for this project, 1st would probably be Violent Femmes’ self titled debut. One of the greatest projects ever, really builds this world of loneliness and corruption of the mind and all that good stuff. It’s a concept album which is based 100% in real life (in my opinion) and I think that’s really inspired what we do with this project. 2nd would be Weezer’s Pinkerton. It’s one of the first album’s we really bonded over, and the vulnerability Rivers Cuomo lyrically has on that project, as well as that dirty, dirty mix, just too good. Third would probably be Talking Head’s 77 – that album just defines new wave – one of Loner’s favourite records of all time – David Byrne playing the smirking idiot throughout that record is just too funny, and the music’s amazing.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    There’s really too many to count. We already collaborate with members of other bands with jams etc – Loner’s even got a project in the early stages with quite the prolific welly musician, a young legend we would say. Cone and Milhouse already have multiple other projects so they’re pretty busy – we’re also really shy so we don’t wanna spill the beans on our welly music scene crushes haha – Harris and Plaines already know we love them anyways – I guess the answer is all of them really haha.

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    At this point we’ve only played one – so couldn’t answer. There’s something extra special about a dingy Wednesday at Valhalla – there’s something so magical and wholesome bout that place. Same could be said for Sanny’s too – we’re playing a show there tomorrow and we’re pissing ourselves with excitement haha.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    For the stuff we have out now – Loner writes them as slower folk songs, and then the band comes in and fries them in some radioactive waste. Same message but different sound type thing – if Loner had his way he’d probably just write 8 minute long ballads about a rat slowly dying in a sewer – However, we’re getting more collaborative because we want to have our music be a lot more complex structurally and sonically.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    This Friday @ San Fran. Free gig with Miss Cressida and The Stogies. We’re on at 9:45, come die with us.


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    Gig Checklist: Blue River Baby Band

    04.10.19 | Permalink | Comment?

     

    ‘Gig Checklist’ is a new feature where a band or artist answers some questions about an upcoming live performance. Up next is Ivy Padilla, lead vocalist for Blue River Baby Band.

     


    How often do you rehearse? How does the band prepare for a gig?

    Depending on availability, we aim to rehearse once a week. We go through the setlist and any sections of the songs we want further refined or changed.

    Does any of your live performance equipment differ from your rehearsal/studio gear?
    Wherever we go, we take our own instruments, sometimes even some backline gear. As for my particular instrument, I alway carry my in-ears and microphone with me.

    Do you record your performances regularly? If so, why do you record? And what do you use to record?
    We record all our rehearsals so we can listen to it afterwards on our own time or during the rehearsals. It’s a good opportunity to step back and listen to the music as a whole – which parts are needing more ‘oomph’ or more dynamics. As for videos, I personally use it to objectively assess my movements on stage – where I can tone it down or if they match the songs.

    What is your favourite venue in Wellington? Why?
    It’s my hometown so that in itself makes any venue in Welly a favourite. It’s a plus when there’s a green room so we can, as a group, get our game faces on and do a group hug before we go on stage.

    Do you have any new material lined up for this gig?
    We have a couple of songs which were written after we recorded the album so they’ll be for the next one but we have played them in some gigs already. Who knows, if the people want more during the gigs, we may play them. The theme on these two songs are more emotionally heavy but I always see that as an opportunity to embrace the experience and learn from them. One in particular, which I have written, ‘Blood I lost’, I surely get the drive and motivation from as it talks about inclusivity and compassion – caring for all other beings, not just humans, and how we can improve on our presence on this earth.

    Of your original compositions, which is your favourite track to play live? Why?
    Walk of Shame. I like the groove and it has a lot of kick to it. It’s really where I throw myself out there to ‘just be’ and enjoy the moment. It may be interpreted in many ways, but I see the message as being responsible while having fun.

    When/Where is your next gig?
    We’re currently on tour and have playing the Yot club in Raglan and Galatos Auckland, it was so cool as we had amazing receptions at both venues. Our homecoming gig on the 5th October at Jack Hackett’s in Wellington.


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    New Album: Blue River Baby Band

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    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Cam from Blue River Baby Band, whose debut album Blue River Baby ALBUM came out in July. They began an NZ Tour in September, as the album debuted at #1 on the IMNZ charts & #8 on the NZ album charts, and will be back in Wellington at Jack Hackett’s on October 5th.

     

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    We recorded this over several days in May and October 2018 at the Surgery Studio in Newtown Wellington.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    We had Lee Prebble mix and engineer the album live in the studio. For us as a larger group recording live and together was the way to go, we’d been playing a bunch of live gigs and practicing and workshoping the songs so we felt it was the best way to bottle the energy.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    In most cases the songs seeded from Jams or one of us would bring lyrics or a melody to the table. We’d then workshop them and record each the practice room as we go. Once happy we’d then head out and test them in our live set. Most of the songs reference the human condition, love found and lost, addiction etc.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    This is our debut album so our focus was to play together live and capture each song as best we could.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    Lee has some pretty cool gear, objective ears and loads of pencils on hand. We turned up with most of our own instruments and baking so that once recorded we could easy replicate the sound on stage keeping it real.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    For me it would be between ‘Walk of Shame’ and ‘Blackyard Town’ the others in the band would tell you ‘Closer’ or ‘Blue River Baby’ I guess.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    Yes for sure our CD’s are on sale at Gigs, and from our Bandcamp page. You can also pick up a copy from Slowboat Records or Rough Peel in Wellington, Real Groovy and Flying Out in Auckland. All CD’s are released by FireFlower Records in 100% re-used jewel CD cases, saved from the WCC Landfill tip shop, then reconditioned by FireFlower. You can also follow us up on Spotify, iTunes, Apple music, Soundcloud & YouTube.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs? Are you doing any gigs or promotion for its release?
    We’re currently on tour and are bringing our filmmaker/artist/musician friend Phill Simmonds along for the ride, he’s filming moments as we go and projecting live over the band in Nelson and Christchurch so we’ll see what develops. We’ve recently released videos for ‘Blue River Baby’ and our Parody tune ‘Vigilante Panda’.


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