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    The Eighth Note/New EP: Rose Lubransky

    24.04.18 | Permalink | Comment?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘The Eighth Note’ is 8 quick Questions with Wellington Musicians, and ‘New EP’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release.

    It’s 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 punk-pop singer/songwriter Rose Lubransky, who has just released her debut EP.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    I am Rose Lubransky. I am an Onslow College student who has been into music since before I can remember. I grew up listening to Avril Lavigne, Maroon 5, Fleetwood Mac and Foo Fighters. My music captures some of that. My music is quite intense at some points but quite sweet in others. I believe the genre of my music is pop rock, more on the pop side.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    I have been working on building my original song repertoire up and I have just released an EP on the 20th of April.

    When/where was the new EP recorded?
    My EP was recorded in January of 2017.

    Who produced/engineered the EP? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    My EP was record by a good friend called Jake Stokes. He put it all together but then we chose to send it to Australia to be mastered.

    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?
    No, I didn’t really write songs specifically for the EP. I had been writing songs for a while beforehand. There were a few songs that I would have loved to have put on here but they didn’t make the cut. Maybe they’ll be on a future album.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    Not on this EP but I’ve been experimenting with some cool things lately like a Koauau (Maori bone flute.)

    Is there a particular track or theme that the EP was formed around?
    No there isn’t. It was just how the songs and selection formed.

    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?
    I definitely see this as a progression towards an album. I have more songs that would complement the already existing songs.

    Which digital platforms is it available on?
    It will be available on almost all platforms. It will be on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon, YouTube Music and over 150 other platforms.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    I have a Facebook page where I post about all my gigs and an Instagram where I post gig photos and YouTube videos. I also have a YouTube channel. My music is also accessible on all music sites – Spotify, iTunes etc. All you have to do is search Rose Lubransky.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    The three most influential Albums I had growing up were Let Go by Avril Lavigne, The Dance by Fleetwood Mac and One of the Boys by Katy Perry.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    I would love to work with Fat Freddy’s Drop. They are an amazing band and I grew up going to the Jazz services at St Peters watching some of them play. It was mesmerising and inspiring!

    What is your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    I haven’t played many venues around Wellington yet, but I have to say I love playing at Valhalla. It’s been such a supportive place and its very good for someone who is just starting out, and for those who aren’t!

    In your song writing or composing (or the bands song writing) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    I find that I like to write my lyrics first. It’s not often just “Hey today I’ll write a song”, although sometimes it is. It’s more like “oh that’s a cool idea,” and expanding from that. Sometimes I start singing and shape the lyrics and music around that one melody line. I can go weeks without writing a song and some days I can pop out more than one in a day.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    We did a gig on April the 20th at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, for the release of my EP. I was joined by three bands that have supported my journey and have looked up to as I’ve gone through this process. They are Lucifer Gunne, Phat Krunk and MISHAP.
    More gigs to come!


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    The Eighth Note: ABRZY

    19.04.18 | 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 local rapper Abid Rahman, who records under the name ABRZY, and whose string of consistently quality singles led to him being tapped to open for Lil Yachty’s Wgtn gig last year.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    My name is ABRZY pronounced Ay. Breezy. I am a 25 year old rapper born in Bangladesh and currently residing in Wellington. I have been rapping for many years releasing a slew of singles and performing at different venues across the city. I was blessed enough to have opened for Tinie Tempah, Kid Ink, Lil Yachty and Bliss n Eso all last year. I like to make music with passion, soul and meaning. I love to spit heavy bars and have deep understanding appreciation for the culture and roots of hip hop. At the same time, I love creating atmospheric vibes, singing in melodies and trying different things with my voice. Lyrically, the content of my songs are based on my life, my experiences, everything that I’ve been through, going through and aspire to. My relations with friends, enemies, girls, love, life, this city, my home town, my goals and dreams are all common themes in my music.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    I have been working on releasing the best music of my life this year and I have a new song called ‘Top Down’ coming out 29/4/2018. After Top down I plan on releasing more singles and really flood the streets with great music. Eventually I want to release an Album or EP, but want to create a strong single first to support it and then we will see how we go.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?:
    The best place people can follow me is on all streaming services. Simply type in ABRZY on Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud and I will appear. Also YouTube. I’m also very active on Facebook and Instragram so they are great places. I can be found everywhere by typing in ABRZY.


    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?:
    1 – Lil Wayne/Tha Carter III
    2 – Drake/Take Care
    3 – Eminem/Encore.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?:
    I would love to work with Louis Baker or Estère, I think their singing is incredible and I am so confident we could create some magic together if I was ever lucky enough to get the chance.

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?:
    My top two venues in Wellington to play is at Meow and Valhalla. I’ve had some great memories at Valhalla where I’ve hosted gigs there.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?:
    I have to listen to the beat first. The beat immediately dictates which direction the song is going to go, i.e. will it be a hard rap song with heavy bars, or a smooth more melodic tune or is their room for both?. Once I understand the tone of the song I wish to create, I start freestyling over it and just see which verses, rhymes and melodies naturally come to me. I will record that as a draft version and listen to it over and over again. This is when I really hone in on the lyrics and actually put pen to paper and put my words in. I take a long time to write a song and can range from a day to weeks or even months. Once I have the lyrics set, I will record the final vocals over the instrumental and then begin to mix and master. Throw some adlibs in and tighten any loose ends and done.

    Where/when is your next gig?:
    Unsure where and when my next show is, however I will keep you updated for sure! Just focusing on putting out great music first and then will perform it to the world.


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    New EP: Duo Alias

    14.04.18 | Permalink | Comment?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New EP’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Duo Alias, who have just released new EP Stabber through Berlin-via-Wellington dance label Margins.

    When/where was the new EP recorded?
    The EP is mostly tracks from Mid 2017. It was all recorded at our home in Lower Hutt. Margins had hit us up to talk about putting out an EP with them. We sat down with Joe from Margins and basically had the EP selected after an hour listening session of about 12 tracks that were done and mixed down. A few tweaks here and there and we were ready to go.

    Who produced/engineered the EP? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    We have super varied ways of writing our music, but it all comes out in a similar style. Some tracks started with both of us in the room and one finishing, others were done together and some solo.

    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?
    It did allow us to focus on quality over quantity, with a hard limit on the amount of tracks which can be hard when doing an album. Its also good having the label owner pick from our collection of material. It’s validating and makes you think about the whys of why something didn’t get picked and what you can improve on next time.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    This EP was done in 100% Ableton live, some filler elements probably came from foley packs we recorded or things we have sampled from hardware. A lot of it is sample mangling with distortion and filters, with some Native Instruments Reaktor and Massive thrown on top.

    Is there a particular track or theme that the EP was formed around?
    ‘Stabber’ was chosen as the title track for this EP. Its one of our gruntiest tracks yet. Having Keepsakes (normally known for his heavy music) do a more chilled out take on the track was awesome and we were blown away by the direction he took. We really wanted to make a bit of a statement with this EP and kick it off with something nice and heavy, to show people we aren’t messing around with our sound, which can be quite removed from the techno most people hear over here.

    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?
    EPs are a great way to get material out there. For electronic producers, ideas tend to come fast and take less time to record/make than a band. Being able to trickle stuff out over time keeps you in peoples minds, as opposed to the possible once per year hype and push of an album. We want people to be able to hear what we are doing and not hold on to it on hard drives forever.

    Which digital platforms is it available on?
    Margins exclusively release via Bandcamp.

    Are you doing any gigs or promotion for its release?
    It’s not specifically for this release, but we are playing at E=MC2 at Valhalla on April 14th with Luke Colleran, Paul Dockery, Balkstar and OBTM. We’ll be doing a DJ set for this one as opposed to live, and we’ve got a lot of things we want to hear on a big system outside of the studio.


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    The Eighth Note: Mus-ic

    10.04.18 | 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 Musonda, a Zambian now living in Wellington who makes music under the moniker Mus-ic.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    My Name is Musonda, and I am of Zambian origin and a recent graduate from the Victoria University. I like to make/produce various music and not stick to one type of rhythm or style, but I make my music more for an educational purpose (apart from trying to entertain); in the sense that I want people who listen to my music to learn something new and hopefully be inspired to make a real difference especially for the next generation.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    Lately I am working on music that I can finally put on paid platforms such as iTunes, Spotify and other similar platforms/outlets. I have been working on doing this for a number of years and this year I feel that I am ready to follow through with that plan. Also I have been working on a Mixtape/EP called “Honestly, I have…”, in which I try to talk about my fears, try to inform the listener, entertain the listener, and ultimately, I try to illustrate to the listener – through my diverse rap styles- that such a thing as conscious rap does exist.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    I’d say the best place for people to find and follow my music would be through my Facebook page, Soundcloud, and or my ReverbNation page.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Dance with My Father – Luther Vandross.
    Emotion – Papa Wemba.
    All Eyez on Me – Tupac Shakur.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    A friend of mine known as TAMA would be the other Wellington based artist I would like to continue to work with, as I have already worked with him on my Mixtape and earlier projects.
    Also I am not that knowledgeable of the Wellington music scene, thus I am not aware of many artists based here thus I have made it one of my goals to investigate further.

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    As I have not yet performed any shows I wouldn’t have one, but one of my goals is to maybe one day perform at Westpac Stadium- even though a big dream I am determined to one day achieve this dream.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    I don’t really have a set way of composing my songs as it varies. Though most of the time I usually start writing lyrics first, which inturn reflect the mood I am in, and then try and fit them to a track or backing track and edit the song as I go, and usually the songs I really like I usually finish in a day or two but if I find myself really struggling to finish a song that may mean I may not finish it and then would usually discard that project.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    At the moment I am in the process of going around Wellington and seeing where I can perform and thus put my name out there, thus for now I have none lined up.


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    New Album: April Fish

    09.04.18 | Permalink | Comment?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Katie from April Fish, who have just released new album An Alien Invaded the Circus.

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    I spent some time recording at New Zealand Pacific Studios (a gorgeous artists’ residency in Mount Bruce, where I wrote two of the songs that ended up on the album), and the rest was at my home studio in Wellington.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    I did the engineering. It was mixed by Vince Welch, who is in Boston band Bent Knee. They’re one of my all time faves and he did an amazing job, I feel so lucky to have him work on this album. We communicated online, sending tracks back and forth until we were all happy with the result.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    As with the previous album, this is a collection of songs I had written over the years, that felt like they belonged together. The title comes from a comment my niece made about a moment in our first album, Blurred, that she described as sounding like an alien invading a circus. The image stuck with me and it seemed fitting to name this song collection after such a bizarre turn of phrase. I wondered about who gets to decide who the aliens are at a circus, since the word could easily be applied to both the performers and the audience. A lot of my lyrics are from the point of view of a concept or a personified feeling, so it felt fitting to have a title that could also flip around.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    With our previous release I was fairly new to recording and under time pressure, so it all happened very quickly and I was learning on the go. With this one I really took my time and didn’t compromise at all, so I think it sounds closer to the version in my head. I’m still learning how to make that happen, and hope the next release will be even better at capturing the sound I’m after!

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    Not exactly. I wanted to see what I could achieve electronically since we didn’t have a budget for session musicians so I programmed all the instruments except John’s Warr and double bass, and the accordion and ukulele on ‘The Main Attraction’.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    I think ‘Silver or Sulfur’ is the one, for me, that gives the best impression of how I hope the album comes across as a whole.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    Yes! Physical CDs come with a hand-cut mirror feature, with gorgeous artwork by Zephyr. Physical and digital copies are available for purchase on Bandcamp, and the album can be streamed on Spotify.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs?
    We shot some footage for Axident, but being DIY it ended up not being particularly useful in the end. We do have a cool lyric video on the way for The Question, though!


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    The Eighth Note: Iraia Whakamoe

    28.03.18 | 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 Iraia Whakamoe, drummer for The Nudge.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:

    Kia ora, my name is Iraia Whakamoe. I am a drummer originally from Hastings HB, of Tuhoe descent. This year marks my 10th year living and playing in Wellington.

    I’ve been fortunate enough to play alongside some amazing musicians here, but my main outlet is with The Nudge. We are a 3 piece psychedelic rock outfit that fits into blues, desert rock, krautrock vibes.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?

    This summer saw me playing drums for The Nudge, Ria hall, Fly My Pretties, and alongside Fat Freddys Drop for their main show of their 2018 shows. This schedule coupled with my day job (Weta Digital) and family life doesn’t leave too much time elsewhere to be honest. There will be some new music this year that I will feature on, but at this stage I’ll keep that low key.

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

    The Nudge

    Fly My Pretties

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?

    Hmmm, great question, I think I’d prefer artists then albums.

    I was lucky to have a dad that loved music, and had a massive vinyl collection.

    Jimi Hendrix Experience : Are you Experienced : Axis Bold as Love :

    Jimi Hendrix : Band of Gypsies

    Bob Marley : Legend the best of (1984 release)

    The Beatles : Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?

    So many amazing musicians here in this city. I remember when I turned up 10 years ago, all I could see was drummers and musicians I could have only ever dreamed of and now in many ways, I am honoured to share the stage or in fact play with so many of these cats. Huge special mention here to my brother Sage Kamaru for always believing in me. Some of the heaviest jams I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing have been with Sage.

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?

    Id have to say there are so many amazing venues here, but for me you can’t fault San Fran. Seriously amazing hospitality, production and vibe. Big Up Ziggy, Tim and Bernie.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?

    It depends on the collaboration at hand, but generally with The Nudge, Ryan often comes with a demo or an idea and then we slowly craft those ideas out, both within the studio and live environments. It’s about finding what ticks for the vibe amongst ourselves but also how its transpires to the audience.

    Other collabs are far different in process, where I enter the song stage where most all ideas are there or at least a solid version of the arrangement has been found. I then proceed to play along and see if something clicks, that makes everyone feel *that spot!

    Where/when is your next gig?

    Um, I think early April, now summer has been done. The Nudge will be performing at the new school of Massey as both James and Ryan have been working there for the last few years on the build and also in the classroom.


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    The Eighth Note: OddJive

    26.03.18 | 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 guests are Nick, Jared & Chiz from OddJive, a Progressive-Funk band originally from Christchurch who relocated to Wellington last year.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    Nick: We are your ironic, high-energy funk-agressors collectively known as OddJive, bringing Progressive-Oddtime Funk-Punk Jazz-Hop ta those brave enough ta groove it.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    Chiz: I suppose releasing the album and working on new material.
    Jared: Got a few new tracks, yep.
    Nick: We’ve been in an odd state of flux since moving tae Wellington from Christchurch in 2017 – we had ta recruit a new drummer (Chiz) and teach him the old catalogue which ate intae my songwriting time. We also finally got our debut album released which took waaaay longer than anticipated so that ate up valuable creative time too. But I’m excited ta say that, after a burst of productivity, we’ve got plenty of new tracks in the works and I think an EP should be a viable project sometime this year or next. In the meantime you can hear our debut album, ‘More Trouble Than Funny’, ta hear some of our jive.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Chiz: Facebook – are we putting the album on Spotify?
    Nick: We have a Facebook page and a swanky Website, as well as our album and tracks being available on Youtube and Bandcamp. I’m nae a social-media bhoy so I leave all that jazz tae Jared. Although I do havta make sure I remind myself tae promote our social media when we gig.
    Jared: Yes, I’m the social media guy. We also have an Instagram account that gathers dust… Please like us.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Nick: Hmmmm, that’s a tough one, mostly because what I listened tae in my youth is not what I listen tae now. But I guess the ones that have stayed with me are Smash by The Offspring, Vs. by Pearl Jam and Rhythm and Art by Mahlathini & the Mahotella Queens. Weird.
    Jared: Yes, this IS hard. The real question is what is the real meaning of influential? Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland; Jaco Pastorius’ debut solo album: Soundgarden’s Badmotorfinger are what come to me. I’m gonna cheat and throw in Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders as well.
    Chiz: As a drummer, BloodSugarSexMagik – I learnt the drum parts to every song and would spend hours in my room playing along. I guess the other two albums would be Appetite For Destruction and whatever Beatles compilation album my uncle used to play every time we went fishing.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    Nick: There’s a whole bunch of mega-talented soul/funk/jazz groups in Welly that I’d wanna play with but at the same time am intimidated by. But I guess Chocolate Thunder, Sky Canvas and the indomitable Brockaflower are up there. If Funkacyban were still around I’d be their opening act-fan boy.
    Jared: Wellington is a pretty amazing place musically, it’s pretty much why we came here. We’d play with anyone, really. If Estère ever wanted to have us play with her that’d be amazing! I saw a great act at Newtown Festival, Wallace, if she was around I’d love to open for her. We’ve got some mates around the scene that are pretty different from what we do, but we love anyway. We’ve got a family connection with girlboss, and our buddy George plays as the Human Peeb. He came with us from Christchurch and he’s really our spiritual brother, you must check out his album Peebulum!
    Chiz: The Human Peeb – but he’s impossible to get in touch with.

    What ís your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    Nick: We need space tae thrash out and get our audience moving. We also need tall ceilings because Jared is a behemoth. So anywhere that can provide both is a venue I’m thrilled ta play at.
    Chiz: I like Nick’s response.
    Jared: Nick said enough, anywhere with a high ceiling!

    In your songwriting or composing (or the bands songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    Nick: I write pretty much from no theory knowledge whatsoever; I have a basic understanding of musical theory but haven’t bridged the gap where I’m conscious of said theory whilst writing so my writing comes from either a huge emotional expression or bizarre concept (such as our track ‘Tuck Pendalton’ which was written as a funk-stomp theme song to a character I made up with a friend, or ‘Bear Trees’ which is an exploration into one of my closest friend and I’s differing perceptions.) I usually come up with a key riff and then several enveloping parts (A section, B Section, Coda etc.) and then throw it at the bhoyz and see what parts stick. Also, a lot of our writing comes from spontaneous jams that I record and listen back to, picking out key parts which are strong and then writing around those parts. It’s all pretty mish-mash but we’re lucky that our unique sound always seems ta be a connecting aspect of our music. The only thing I always try to place in our songs is an aspect of oddtime, be it large or small.
    Jared: Nick normally comes with ideas and they grow pretty organically in a jam setting. Little refinements made here and there. I’ll typically write my own lines around what Nick’s doing. I’m much more jam oriented, love a bit of improvisation and getting ideas out of the ether.
    Chiz: The normal process and sometimes stuff from jams.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Chiz, Jared, Nick: April 21st at Moon in Newtown. We’ll be opening for the mega-talented Pencarrow on their North Island tour alongside Sheeps. It’ll be a night of progressive music indulgence.


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    New Album: Eb & Sparrow

    23.03.18 | Permalink | 2 Comments

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Eb & Sparrow, who have just released new album ‘Seeing Things’.

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    In January 2017 we stayed for twelve nights in Ahiaruhe, which is a really special place for us now, its east of Carterton in the Wairarapa. We drove all over the place and planned it out so we all stayed on site, having 6 rooms really helped, in this 1870’s house, surrounded by land, quite stunning on all accounts. We beg, borrowed and bought everything studio-wise, and I’d just checked before hand to make sure there was good power, the option to ‘dampen’ rooms etc. Send is so weird for the outside world to understand in a recording process, its really important to be totally shut off from external noises and complications. We did lose 2 x days to a noisy crop-duster on our previous record, so we scoped out the local farmers plans before recording!

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    Brett Stanton who we had used on Sun/Son came over especially from Melbourne to record and we did the mixing between NZ & Australia, in the end it was easier to finish it off by me flying there and just sitting in a beautiful ABC radio production suite for 2 full days to finish it. As a band we’d practiced for about 3 months previous to work out styles and songs, but at least half are road-tested, the other hand are pretty fresh.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    I write really privately, its not something shared until they are closer to completion, then I take them to the band and we play them a couple of times around in amongst our normal songs, and over time they stick or they don’t. Death seems to be a theme (tragic aye) but you know, death can be so many things, like death of a former life plan, or a person, or feelings, there’s also just the ‘noticing’ of life, that’s pretty much my favourite thing to do as a photographer and songwriter, just noticing life, and somehow it comes out through music. Really the full band find a way of bringing that sentiment to light.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    Yes, we didn’t really think about it until later, but there are no acoustic guitars on the record, I really fell in love with a telecaster and couple of different amps, and the whole point was to get a lot more space in the sound, but create the same weight to the songs. Its pretty important to everyone in the band to keep growing, otherwise we’d just stagnate. We all love a wide variety of music and bringing a production element really helped think about it differently, and also being aware not to lose the humanity behind the songs, because that’s the connector.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    Awesome old mics, a couple of beauty old amps, a new Supra amp, and playing around with a heck of a lot of pedals between 4 people on guitars. Our drummer Justin brings a different element too, as he joined us permanently about 1.5 years ago, it was really important to make a record with him, creating a sound together.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    That’s a really tricky question, its a pretty diverse album, ranging from indie-ballads to old vintage soul. Probably Mt Vic is my most favourite, it’s quite different than the others.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    Its all being released on 23 March, available on CD and thanks to Slow Boat Records it’s on vinyl as well, available in all record stores in NZ. You can also pre-order on iTunes and eventually I’ll update the other online platforms. [Spotify here]. Of course your local library can buy one for you to take out, that’s where I listened to the most music in my whole life, a brilliant option I always think. We’ll also have everything with us at shows, including special merchandise.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs?
    We’ve released “To The West” as a single last year, and this week we released “Working” and here’s to a fingers crossed for a third on its way! A visual representation for music is so important these days, and as I love visuals its kind of an extension of the music we make, an added bonus really on all front, however nothing beats a live show.


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    The Eighth Note: Jason Nolan

    22.03.18 | 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 Jason Nolan, a UK musician new to Wellignton.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    I’m Jason Nolan, originally from London, now based in Wellington.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    I have been working on a handful of ideas which I want to turn into an EP which will be about leaving London again, also have a live session which should be out in the next couple weeks.

    https://www.facebook.com/jasonmakesmusic/videos/1671057309629394/

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Anywhere really: Spotify, Soundcloud, Youtube – there are some old demos out there in the dark corners of the web too! I’ve recently started using Instagram a bit more too as I have a functioning camera phone so go there to see my movements.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    That is a really tough one……
    For now i ll go with Remain In Light – Talking Heads, Walkmen – Bows + Arrows, and Gold Panda – Lucky Shiner. But it could be any of about 20 on another day.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    I’ve only been here for a minute and have already seen some amazing music so really looking forward to playing with some musicians over here.

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    None yet!

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    Pretty much just starts from an idea in my head or something that pops up out of messing around with some samples I would have made.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    In wellington and sooner than later!


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    The Eighth Note: Andrew Masseurs

    20.03.18 | 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 Andrew Masseurs who was the lead singer with the now defunct band AMMP, and who has just released a new solo debut called Origins.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    My name is Andrew Masseurs. I’ve been writing and making music for a long time. Since I was 15. Released an album in 2011 with Wellington band AMMP, called From the Back of the Sun and an EP last year called This Chaotic Symphony. We managed to get quite a bit of radio play. Plus support from NZ on Air, Play it Strange as well as some TV work with Vodafone and TV Programmes. Ammp have since disbanded. I love writing new music. That’s my passion. Now I have the freedom to write, record and mix my own stuff. It’s fun, scary, lonely, angry, crazy, pulsating, depressing, uplifting and so many other things. That’s why I love it.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    I’ve just finished my first solo album called ‘Origins’ (Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes). Recorded over the last year or so. It’s a combination of work I’ve had lying around over the last 10 to 15 years. I’ve done pretty much everything on the record and have taken on mixing duties. Mixing is my new passion. So enjoyable. I’m releasing a couple of singles this month from it. The rock single ‘So Violent’ and the atmospheric track, ‘Ghost’.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Facebook, best place to get the latest info as it happens.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    1. Anything by the Beatles. But probably my favourite is Abbey Road.
    2. Anything by U2. But probably my favourite is Achtung Baby.
    3. Radiohead – OK Computer.
    4. Runner up, Crowded House – Woodface.
    5. Runner Up 2, The Exponents – Something beginning with C.
    6. Runner up 3, Elvis – Aloha from Hawaii via satellite 1973.
    7. Runner up 4, Dave Dobbyn – Twist.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    Any of them. We are a talented bunch.

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    A sleep out in Upper Hutt. That’s where magic happens oh so often. My studio is in it.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    So many different ways. The most popular for me is to just write a huge amount of ideas without thinking. I’ll then come back fresh and weed out the crap before working on the best. From there I whittle it down to an albums worth or more of around 16. I’ll demo them. Leave them again. Than come back fresh and spruce em up for release.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Being a solo act I’m not altogether sure. Seems to be the way most acts are making their money these days. At the moment my passion is in the writing. I’ve got enough material now to put on a solid show. Family comes first and work. Right now I’m already heavily into writing the next album. My goal is too have the second one out by this time next year.


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