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    The Eighth Note: Owlet Nightjar

    20.11.17 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘The Eighth Note’ is 8 quick Questions with Wellington Musicians.

    A chance for us to catch up with people & see what they’re up to, or introduce you to a new musician/band and their music.

    Today’s guest is Tim Key, guitarist for Newtown Rocksteady, who has a new music project Owlet Nightjar.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    I am Tim Key, frontman/guitarist/singer/songwriter for Owlet Nightjar. I also play guitar for Newtown Rocksteady.
    Owlet Nightjar is a project I started just over a year ago while living in the forest in Reikorangi, near Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast. I was inspired to make an album, wrote the songs and recorded demos in a wee garden shed/studio amongst the trees, then put a band together and came to town to record at the Blue Barn with James Goldsmith.
    It’s a concept album about the principle, or tattva, embodied by the Hindu god Shiva, told through the allegory of the life cycle of a tree. Musically it’s a mix of soul, dub and blues with elements of pop, psychedelic rock, reggae and hip-hop..

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    We just released our debut album, The Regenerative Principle!
    It’s available exclusively on Bandcamp for now, pre-order CD’s shipping from 1st December, and all other online platforms (iTunes, Spotify, etc, etc…) from 1st December.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Follow us on Facebook and find our music on Bandcamp.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Ooo that’s a tricky one… depends on when I ‘grew up’ and I’m not sure I have yet! But assuming we’re talking about childhood, I’d have to say:
    Jimi Hendrix, Live at Monterey – We had it on tape and Hendrix is one of my earliest musical memories. Almost definitely heard it from the womb! Both my parents are huge fans. They actually met to a song of his being covered by kiwi band Ticket at a dance in Christchurch. He’s the reason I wanted to play guitar since before I can remember.
    John Mayall, Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton – Such a great album! One of my all-time faves. Another massive guitar-playing inspiration.
    Roy Buchanan, The Best of Roy Buchanan – You might notice a bit of a theme going on here. Another wailing guitar hero! My first musical love was (and more-or-less still is) lead guitar. This guy was an absolute master of the form. He can literally make your spine tingle with a single note. Amazing tone and technique.
    So many more but these three stand out as really early formative influences.

    Which other Wellington musician(s) would you most like to work with?
    Not sure if he still counts as a ‘Wellington musician’ (since he doesn’t live here anymore) but I’d love to work more with Imon Starr. His vocal delivery, freestyling and musical ability are all phenomenal. Heaps of the best gig-memories from my early days in Wellington (early 2000’s and on) involve Imon in one of his incarnations (Rhombus, Olmecha Supreme, Afronesia, The Eggs, etc., etc…).
    I’ve been fortunate enough to jam with him a few times here and there but to actually collaborate on something would be awesome. We were neighbours for quite a few years so you’d think it might have happened then! But I think we’re both a bit shy! Some day I hope bro!

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    That would have to be San Fran. Great production, choice crew, classic green room and big high stage to make you feel like a rockstar! (Haha but I do have a soft-spot for the intimate, no-stage vibe of Southern Cross too.)

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    This particular album/project started from a core concept that I wanted to explore so I began by sketching out a conceptual framework for the album. From there it was mostly jamming/noodling and coming up with little musical ideas (usually on guitar but a few on piano and sometimes just a bassline or groove in my head) that I would jot down (record on my phone). Then it was a matter of going back through these little jotted down fragments and thinking “right, where does this sound like it might fit into the framework?”, then fleshing out these little ideas by writing lyrics and shaping the songs to fit the conceptual mold. It was actually a pretty efficient process!
    I had set myself the challenge of getting the whole album done from start to finish in a timeframe of 3 months, so I was really motivated! I allowed a month for the songwriting/recording demos phase, which meant no time for second-guessing or over-working ideas. It was a first-in, first-served kind of situation!
    In the end the whole thing, from the initial decision to make an album to receiving the final masters, took around 3 and a half months.
    (Although I must admit: the original crazy-ambitious plan was to actually release the album within that 3 month timeframe, and that part has ended up taking a lot longer. I do think it could’ve been done but the goalposts shifted somewhere along the way…)

    Where/when is your next gig?
    A very good question! I’ll have to get back to you with the specifics… but let’s just say somewhere in Wellington… later this summer!
    Keep an eye on our Facebook page!


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    The Eighth Note: STELLARIZE

    17.11.17 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘The Eighth Note’ is 8 quick Questions with Wellington Musicians.

    A chance for us to catch up with people & see what they’re up to, or introduce you to a new musician/band and their music.

    Today’s guest is Dee Corcoran, a singer-songwriter from Canada, who is currently based in Wellington and records under the moniker STELLARIZE.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    My name is Dee, My artist name is stellarize. I am a female singer songwriter from Canada. I am a bit of a gypsy, wanderer and dreamer… I have been writing for as long as I can remember. I began writing poetry when I was quite young which naturally lead to songwriting. My music has definitely been a ever changing journey for me, I can write really happy quirky pop songs and then I can go into a really dark place and write something grungy and raw, real opposite to my quirky love/pop songs.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    I have been working on a record for the past year now, I have been working with the amazing Toby Lloyd, using his house studio and we also have had some recording sessions using Park Roads studios. The last 2 years I have really been working on a certain sound and capturing the kind of songs I want for the next project I release. I am really happy with where the songs are heading. I will be doing more recording beginning 2018 and I hope to have the album fully completed mid 2018. My next single will be released in a few months with a awesome cute video along with it! I can’t wait

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music
    My Website is linked to all my social media tags. Youtube is a good place to find me and I now have 1 song on Spotify which I released this year.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    The cranberries – No need to Argue
    Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
    Dr Hook – The Best of

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    Hmmm I feel like I am really lucky that I get to work with the people I do now.

    What ís your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    I really love Meow, Ive played there once for a charity gig but I would really like to head line a show there one day!

    In your songwriting or composing (or the bandís songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    I have many methods of writing. It’s never usually the same. I make little voice notes on phone of melodies that come to me and I’ll go back to them sometimes months to years later and work on them. Or I’ll write lyrics then one day have a guitar riff and just piece them together. Or I’ll sit with the guitar and something will just naturally flow out. Its so different every time!

    Where/when is your next gig?
    I am playing Nov 18th at the Seatoun Bowling Club, opening up the show for The Rodrigo Brothers and Martin Andrews.


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    The Eighth Note: Monty Bevins

    16.11.17 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘The Eighth Note’ is 8 quick Questions with Wellington Musicians.

    A chance for us to catch up with people & see what they’re up to, or introduce you to a new musician/band and their music.

    Today’s guest is Monty Bevins.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    I’m Monty Bevins. The last fixed abode I had was in Wellington November 2012, and since then I’ve been touring full time throughout NZ gathering stories/inspiration/experiences as I go, and writing/performing them in each cranny on my acoustic guitar. Other than sharing a moving story, I like to write folk songs that often focus thematically on time being a very precious commodity, and how lucky we are to even be alive. I’m still urged to remind people of these simple but often forgotten notions…that it needn’t take the death of a loved one or a divorce or a heart attack to ask yourself: “are you happy with your life, anything you’d rearrange? is there something you’re not doing just ’cause it requires change” (from the 1st verse of ‘What We’ve Got’).

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    Yes! I had a decent song writing chunk up north in May, I wrote a bunch of new ones and it looks like 5 have come through the peer feedback/live reaction/’can I get in behind them each night’ filters and so I’m getting all prepared to record them in a couple of weeks at The Surgery (end of November) – yeeha!

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    The most current representation of my music is a video of one of the aforementioned ‘newbies’ called Lovers Again, filmed on the Raglan Wharf last autumn. It’s a song about the empty nest syndrome, inspired by a beautiful family I met in Arthur’s Pass a few years back who I’ve since become good friends with. In that time their 3 daughters have all grown up and are out doing their thing in the big wide world, out of that family home where they took their first steps, measured their heights on the door frame, and talked through some big ones on grandad’s hand made furniture. When I visited one day, Guy & Uschi were getting set to move out, south to a smaller place for themselves, and scared witless about it.
    Otherwise, my last EP’s at montybevins.bandcamp.com, or facebook/instagram to follow ‘the tour’.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Well, I still am, but…
    Mum used to play 2 CD’s on the long drives to her parents farm in Whakatane when I was a young fulla. Kris Kristofferson and Kenny Rogers! So, though I didn’t know it at the time, maybe the folk/troubadour seed was sewn right there on those Matata straights!
    As a 15 year old I still hadn’t sung outside the shower or even picked up a guitar yet, so Jack Johnson’s ‘In Between Dreams’ was incredibly useful/influential in its accessibility (melodically and lyrically) to set me rolling down this path and establish a strong desire for wanting to learn how to play acoustic guitar and sing in the first place.
    Ben Howard’s ‘Every Kingdom’ was just as grabbing with more subtle/developed/alternative tuning instrumentation and less literal lyrics…and on it has developed as I get more entrenched in the subtleties of songwriting.

    Which other Wellington musician(s) would you most like to work with?
    So many incredible musicians in Wellington are deep in their work as well as just good non egotistical people. I’m inspired by lots of ’em but well… Rick Cranson always gets my nose scrunching and rib cage swirling when I hear him play, Nikita Tu-Bryant‘s quite the creative force, very active and infectiously enthusiastic/passionate, I hope we can create some music together. Though not strictly Wellington anymore, I admire the depth to which Warren Maxwell goes for music/song writing/delivering a message, sitting down with him and my pad and pen one day sure would be great. Oh man, I could go on… Thomas Oliver’s quite obvious dedication to detail/intricacies/quality from a song writing and performance perspective is very inspiring. Haven’t specifically met any cello players in Wellington, but I would like to work with one of those…!

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    Though not strictly a music venue, I’ve had 2 ripper gigs at Bicycle Junction, they’re very supportive and ‘get it’, and I’ve found that any venue that can open doors exclusively for the concert that night is a good start at maintaining an attentive intimate environment. The first of those Bicycle Junction gigs was part of a 20 date 3200km nationwide tour I did… on my bicycle. Yeah. Don’t ask.

    In your song writing or composing (or the band’s song writing) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    Usually, I’ll pair up a guitar riff / chord idea that’s come up from an inspired noodling session with a suitable lyrical idea that’s come up from a particular conversation/event/reflection/strong feeling. From there on, for me, it’s a slow painful nutting out process involving lots of artist child/censor battles.
    I like to roll newbies out unfinished during an often more heightened ‘performance state’ to have live feedback/reaction shape the eventual song too. I love that my supporters notice that the songs have developed each time I come round.
    Rarely I’ll get into a state where there’s an undeniable urgency to blurt out a full length lyric/poem that I can then just put music to… but sometimes and when it does it’s all a bit easier (the song Come Back Here was like that).

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Well… it’s a secret ACTUALLY Alistair… but it’s WITH Nikita Tu-Bryant, Myele Manzanza, and Matt Mulholland on Sunday November 26 as part of the Songs By Twilight series, pairing rad local independent companies with beautiful music in an intimate setting.
    If there’s any tickets left for ‘Songs by Twilight No.3’ you can grab them by emailing: music@nikitatubryant.co.nz


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    The Eighth Note: Zero Cool

    10.11.17 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘The Eighth Note’ is 8 quick Questions with Wellington Musicians.

    A chance for us to catch up with people & see what they’re up to, or introduce you to a new musician/band and their music.

    Today’s guest is Scott Maynard (Fuyuko’s Fables, Pales) who is in a new band signed to Ball of Wax Records called Zero Cool.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    My name’s Scott Maynard – I’ve been playing in bands in Wellington for the last 10 years.
    I grew up in Gisborne playing in punk and metal bands with my brothers and friends but since moving to Wellington I’ve played mostly in jazz, folk, and rock ish scenes.
    The main projects I’ve been writing for over the years have been Fuyuko’s Fables, Pales, and currently Zero Cool. Right now I’m also playing in Black Spider Stomp, Seamouse, and Blaek.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    Lately I’ve been working on the release of a 7 track album for Zero Cool – It’s a 3 piece indie-rock thing with my brother Matt and friend Symon. The album has taken about a year to get the whole thing together (kind of slow going as I’ve had zero budget). It has just been released actually!
    I’m definitely keen to do a follow up album for zero cool. We have a few songs that were written after I started recording that I’d like to get down.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Everything is available online on Bandcamp. Zero cool is also on iTunes and Spotify.
    Facebook is probably the easiest way to check out what we’re up to – we post articles, releases, and upcoming shows up there. I also keep a Soundcloud account that has all my music from different bands on it.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Hmmm. I always find it difficult to do rankings and know what has influenced me.
    Some of my earliest memories of listening to music were of Louis Armstrong, Edith Piaf, and Bob Dylan on my parents’ cassettes.
    I’d say more of my more influential musical experiences have come in my adult life or not from albums. Studying with some amazing people – Alison Barclay, Roger Sellers, Dan Ryland. Seeing local an international bands live – Seth Frightening, Meth Drinker, Groeni, Grizzly Bear, Ornette Coleman! I think live music and personal interacts have more of an impact on me.
    Sorry – a bit of a cop out answer.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    There’s so many! I’m lucky to already work with some of my favorite musicians.
    I’d like to do more with Al Green (Groeni/producer), Emi Pogoni (sonic artist), Lily West (Mermaidens), Te Atawhai Ponga (3ch∆in$&a†∆•nga), Anna Wooles (Ida Lune)
    There’s too many talented people to list and I’m definitely holding back so I don’t look too creepy.

    What is your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    Anywhere you can get a decent soundcheck! That’s the difference between feeling happy or bummed with your set for me. It’s pretty slim pickings at the moment for venues for original/alternative music, but the main ones (Meow, Caroline, San Fran, Moon) are all good!
    I really enjoy playing smaller but full spaces though, private venues and house shows are my fave.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the bands songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    Usually I’ll start with one basic idea – A melody or a guitar/bass riff/chord sequence, and as that idea develops there’s normally a few alternative ways to approach that idea so you can use that to flesh out the rest of the song. I try not to ram in to many ideas when writing to give each piece its own flavour. I also like to really let the melody guide the song’s direction. With lyrics, I just go with whatever theme the music leads me towards and try to stick with that. I figure if nothing else it’s sincere. With Zero Cool there has definitely been an deliberate simplifying of parts to keep it raw and give the music a bad attitude.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Zero Cool are playing our album release show this Saturday, 11th Nov at Caroline with Heavy Chest, and Bad Friend.
    We’ll be in Christchurch Saturday the 25th of November at Darkroom with Wurld Series, and Brian Tamaki and the Cool Aid Kids.
    Aaaaand Auckland at Whammy’s Backroom on Friday the 1st of December with Milk, and Hagseed.
    We’re also doing a day time house show on the 9th of December as part of a showcase for our record label Ball Of Wax.


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    The Eighth Note: Blue For Noon

    09.11.17 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘The Eighth Note’ is 8 quick Questions with Wellington Musicians.

    A chance for us to catch up with people & see what they’re up to, or introduce you to a new musician/band and their music.

    Today’s guest’s are Sonya & James from new electropop duo Blue for Noon.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    We are 2 people making it up as we go. We’re inspired by what we listen to as well as what’s going on around us. There are a lot of really exciting things happening in Wellington which drive us to be more creative.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    Currently working towards an EP, so we have enough new songs to play a live set!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    We are on Facebook, Instagram & Bandcamp!

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Sonya: I listened to a lot of Russian music so I would have trouble referencing, but I guess there was a lot of electronic music a.k.a TaTu as well as 80’s rock bands that took off back home like Kino.
    James: Daft Punk – Discovery, Common – Resurrection, Gorillaz – Demon Days.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    We are big fans of Fazerdaze and wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to record a song with her.

    What is your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    We haven’t actually played a live set anywhere, but we would be stoked to play a few songs at Caroline!

    In your songwriting or composing (or the bands songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    We are very collaborative in our process, but both have clearly defined roles when writing & recording. We work on progressions together as well as additional lyrical and instrument parts which we occasionally develop separately. At the end of the day we are super considerate of each other and what each of us want out of the project.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    We are looking at playing an intimate show at a friend’s house in early December, more details to come!


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    The Eighth Note: Leilani

    08.11.17 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘The Eighth Note’ is 8 quick Questions with Wellington Musicians.

    A chance for us to catch up with people & see what they’re up to, or introduce you to a new musician/band and their music.

    Today’s guest is Bay of Plenty Singer-song writer Leilani Taula, who recently moved to Wellington to study and has begun gigging around town. Having begun performing at a young age she won a Tauranga Search for a Star contest at 9, and followed that up with singing at a New Zealand Netball World Cup game, being a finalist in the TVNZ Good Morning Show Find a Star Competition, winning the David Feehan Trophy for Most Outstanding Vocalist at the Tauranga Jazz Festival, releasing a debut album when she was just 15, and forming a sibling duo with her brother that went on to win an award at the Parachute Festival 2014 and perform on the X-Factor. So while she is not new to music, we caught up with her to find out what direction she is heading in now.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    My name is Leilani and I am a local muso originally from the sunny Bay of Plenty! I have dabbled in a lot of different genres but these days I do a mixture of acoustic singer songwriter kind of music and production based pop. They might seem like an odd combination of things to work on but ultimately I think a good song should work in lots of different genres and there’s so much that can be learned from trying new things.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    This summer is certainly going to be a creative one. I’m teaming up with some really awesome people to try and work on some more poppy bangers to play out and about. Follow me on my socials and I’ll keep you posted.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    You can find all my music on sound cloud at Soundcloud. Otherwise follow me on my socials: Facebook & Instagram.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Brooke Fraser – What to do with daylight, Regina Spektor – What we Saw from the Cheap Seats, Kimbra – Vows.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    Honestly I’m pretty new to the Wellington music scene and am excited to try and work with as many people as I can! But some people who I think are just absolute legends in their field are Drax Project. Seriously good quality music, amazing performers, all round wonderful to witness.
    Another is the incredible Leo Coghini. Brilliant musician. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for him. Hopefully one day we can have a proper jam together. Lastly (and this may be cheating as I have already collabbed with them) Speaking in Tongues. These guys are wonderful. They’ve got so much going for them already and are a dream to work with.

    What ’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    Honestly my happy place is busking in the tunnel at the train station. You get to see so many interesting people, the acoustics are lovely, and you can be really creative with trying out new things.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band ’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    Songwriting is super chaotic for me. Its like a weird game of tag where I have to chase after it and get it down on paper before they disappear.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    You’ll have to follow me on Facebook to find that out 😉


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    The Eighth Note: Sky Canvas

    06.11.17 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘The Eighth Note’ is 8 quick Questions with Wellington Musicians.

    A chance for us to catch up with people & see what they’re up to, or introduce you to a new musician/band and their music.

    Today’s guest is Sam, the guitarist from Sky Canvas, who have just released their debut EP.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    Hello I’m Sam Nakamura and I play guitar in Sky Canvas.

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

    We’ve just released our debut EP! We’ve been recording and mixing at Surgery Studios in Newtown and mastering at Park Road Post over the last month or so. We’re feeling pretty elated to be able to have our music floating around now.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    On Facebook. And you can find a whole bunch of links through the Website.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Toughie! For me I’ll go with:
    The Mars Volta – Frances the Mute
    Jeff Buckley – Grace
    Tool – Lateralus
    Ah is 4 okay?
    Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie, too hard to leave that beauty out.

    Which other Wellington musician(s) would you most like to work with?
    So many beautiful musical minds around town that I’d love to make sounds with. In terms of who Sky Canvas collabs, our friend Kirim sometimes features on our gigs and lays down some massive raps over some of our instrumental originals. Check him out, his energy is striking.

    What is your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    The Rogue & Vagabond, San Fran, Moon are some of our favourites that we’ve played so far.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band ís songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    So far the process has usually been someone bringing in an musical idea or some beats they’ve made, which then would be put into a full band arrangement when we’re all together. The lyrics mainly come from myself and the lead vocalist, Katelin Little.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Well we’ve just had our EP release party at Rogue & Vagabond and will be out of gigging action for the rest of the year, but we’ll be fluttering around playing local festivals early next year, so follow us online to keep in the know!


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    The Eighth Note: Harris

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    ‘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 harris, who has just released his debut album ‘Bed Bugs’.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    I never know what to say, or how to speak for the music, maybe. Im Harris? I write songs.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    Yeah, my first LP, ‘Bed Bugs’, is coming out Monday 6 November. It’s been finished for a few months now, so I’ve just been writing to see what comes out. There’s a bunch of new songs since then – right now I’m just playing them at shows.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Stream/download on Bandcamp.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Ah, I don’t know if I could choose just three. Although I remember listening to the White Album over and over when I was a little kid. Nirvana is probably the first band that got me writing songs, I guess. This sounds super cliche but I was around a lot of music growing up, I like all sorts, and it all feels important to me somehow.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    I really admire a bunch of Wellington musicians. I’ve worked on a few tracks with Nik Brinkman (Physical), and those sessions are always heaps of fun. And Matthew Watkins (St. Bartholomew) and I are playing shows together lately. They’re both good friends of mine. Collaborating is kind of rare for me, but I’d work with anybody if it felt right.

    What ’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    I guess Caroline and San Fran? I love them both, although we need more venues in Wellington. RIP Puppies.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the bands songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    Every time it’s a different creative process. I don’t follow a method, but I am chasing a new way to disconnect from the writing of a song, or whatever you might call it. That’s consistent, I suppose. I find when I remove myself from the drivers seat and just let the music go where it wants to, that’s when it sounds best. You don’t want to write the same song twice, you know?

    Where/when is your next gig?
    The release show for Bed Bugs! Friday 3 November at Caroline.


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    New EP: Neil MacLeod

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    ‘New EP’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest EP release. Up next is Neil MacLeod, who has just released his latest EP ‘Sonder’.

    When/where was the new EP recorded?
    The Ep was recorded this year. Though the songs themselves had been in the works for quite some time.

    Who produced/engineered the EP? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    I produced and engineered the EP myself. Initially I had just made all the tracks at home, (this was in 2016). The project was initially about 10 tracks long, but after some guidance, I refined it down to 4. After that decision was made, I went home for a couple weeks and rerecorded everything from scratch in my old high school studio.

    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?
    Mostly, the shorter format meant that I could deliver a much more digestible body of work. As far as song-writing was concerned, the shorter format meant I had to make really ‘tight’ songs. I am very interested in experimental/ electronic music, and I make a lot of it. However, it’s still early days and I have a long way to go still… so this EP offers a taste of both where I come from and where I’m headed.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    For the most part, the EP was made in the computer. I would start with my instrumentals; laying down guitar parts and such, before moving into synth work and percussion. The studio I was in was full of great gear, so everything could be recorded at a good level of quality. After all those things were done, it was a matter of laying down vocals. Then I had a period of experimentation. I would re-arrange, mix, overdub until I could hardly stand it. After I felt the songs were ‘there’ I left the studio and mixed on my headphones and personal monitors for a few weeks, before sending the project off for mastering.

    Is there a particular track or theme that the EP was formed around?
    The EP’s theme is in it’s name, ‘Sonder’. This was a word I came across online. It’s definition is: ‘the realisation that each random passer-by is living a life as vivid and complex as your own’. This was something that I could relate to, and I was interested in the idea of installing this feeling within my listeners. So, with that in mind, I set about making a project that was highly personal. My hope, is that listeners will experience something similar to flicking though someone’s journal… except the journal is auditory and they have total permission to listen.

    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?
    It is definitely a progression. Although I’ve released a lot of music in the past, I see this EP as my first, ‘real project’. I want it to set a standard for myself and lay the foundation for my audience. I think this project will speak for itself, but it also plays a part in a longer scheme.

    Which digital platforms is it available on?
    It’s going to be on Apple Music, Spotify, Soundcloud and Bandcamp.

    Are you doing any gigs or promotion for its release?
    I recently played a gig at San Fran, which I hope got some people excited. There’s a few more gigs in the works too, but I can’t confirm any right now. I think for this EP, I’m just going to let people take it how they want.

    'Needed' – Live at San Fran Venue, 2017

    Here's a live version of 'Needed' – taken from our performance at San Fran, sorry for the grainy footage, – I'd click the HD button 😉 xAudio mixed by James

    Posted by Neil MacLeod on Friday, 20 October 2017

    DONT LISTEN – Live Session @ RDU

    Excited to share this live session of "DONT LISTEN" that I did at RDU 98.5 FM last week. Got some exciting things coming up but hope you enjoy this. Thank you for the love and support recently. Thanks to James Murray for filming this one. Neil.

    Posted by Neil MacLeod on Thursday, 29 June 2017


  • General

    New Album: Matt Hay

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    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Matt Hay who has just released second full length album ‘Something Blue’, following on from his 2007 debut album ‘Inside Stories’, and his 2012 EP ‘Where do we go from here?’.

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    The album was recorded between July and November 2016 at the Surgery, with a bit recorded at home.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    I produced the album with a bit help from Andrew Downes, who engineered and mixed it. With the exception of one track, ‘Love that I had’ which turned up late in the piece, the tracks were all tunes that I had been playing live with my band, The Makers, for the last few years. One of the tracks, ‘Too much to ask’ goes back about 20 years.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    I wrote all the songs, and they all came to life at different times and in different ways. I’m not a very disciplined songwriter. I don’t sit down with the intention of writing a song and work on it until one comes. For me they either come or they don’t. Sometimes they come fully formed, and other times they need work. The album doesn’t really have a theme – just a bunch of songs about life’s little ups and downs.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    I wasn’t consciously going for a different sound, but the album has a bit more of a blues feel to it than my previous releases. In terms of approach, one thing I wanted to achieve with this album was to add some more colours/textures to the songs, make them sound a bit different from what they do live.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    Yes, I played a bit of lap steel, dobro and electric guitar on some of the tracks.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    Not really, but the lead track, Last Jubilee, is probably the one that would be the single, if we were to release one.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    CDs are available at Slow Boat Records, via Bandcamp and at gigs. Downloads can be purchased from Bandcamp and iTunes, and it can be streamed via Spotify.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs?
    No plans for a video at this stage.


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