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    The Eighth Note: Seismic State

    20.09.19 | 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.

    Up next are Nicole & Liam from Seismic State, whose debut E.P is out today.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    Nicole – I’m Nicole, I’m the singer of Seismic State, our music is good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll, we also like to challenge ourselves with changing time signatures and adding funky instruments to our recordings.
    Liam – I’m Liam, I play bass. The other members are Matthijs on drums and Sai on lead guitar. And Nicole forgot to mention she plays guitar also.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    Nicole – Our EP is due for release on the 20th of September, there’s four tracks on it but we have a bunch of other original tracks we like to jam at our gigs, we also have two new originals in the works right now.
    Liam – yeah, we’re always working on new stuff. Pretty excited about the upcoming EP release!

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    NicoleSpotify, Spotify, Spotify
    Liam – and did we mention Spotify? haha

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Nicole – There’s so many! Green Day – American Idiot, Paramore – All We Know Is Falling,Jet – Get Born and anything Beatles, Eagles, or Elton John
    LiamAlice in Chains – Jar of Flies, Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream, and probably a best of Queen compilation

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    Nicole – There’s a bunch of amazing Wellington bands floating around at the moment, we’re really excited to be playing with Archie The Brave on the 20th, Pale Lady are definitely a band we loved playing alongside.
    Liam – can we still call Shihad a Wellington band?

    What is your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    NicoleCaroline, Valhalla, we’re yet to play at the Cavern Club or San Fran or Meow but we’re super keen to do so!
    Liam – anywhere with a stage and a good crowd.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    Nicole – Sometimes it starts with someone coming up with an idea and we all build on that, I do the lyrics and melodies, and we build from there. Or we have a google drive of random recordings of our jams at practice and sometimes I’ll find a piece of a jam and start writing a melody and fitting some lyrics to it.
    Liam – yeah, we’re pretty collaborative. Some of our jams are pretty fluid, but there’s magic in that. Other times someone will present a relatively formed song idea which we all then build on. And when Nicole adds her vocal magic it goes to a whole other level!

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Nicole20th September at Caroline for our EP release! 🙂
    Liam – see you there!!


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    The Eighth Note: Ras Judah & Culture Embassy Band

    18.09.19 | 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.

    Up next is Ras Judah who is the head of the ethnically diverse Culture Embassy Band.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    We are known as Ras Judah & Culture Embassy band. We are a Wellington-based (mostly nine piece) band. But sometimes we do play as a ten or eleven piece. We started back in 2013 as a five piece band and grew into a 9 piece over the past six years. We came up with the name culture Embassy to reflect the band members’ cultural diversity. Whilst we all call Wellington our home, the membership of Culture Embassy band consists of Kiwis of diverse ethnocultural and musical backgrounds. We like to describe our sound as Afrocentric world music. Most of what we play is based on African rhythms (which is where myself and our drummer, Ato originally came from. Botswana and Ghana respectively), but evryone in the band contributes the own culturally inspired sound. which makes Culture Embassy band’s sound uniquely distictive. Other band members include ethnocultural backgrounds from Cuban, English, Kiwi-born Kiwis, Indian/Malaysian, Japanese and Greek backgrounds.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    We recorded our first full album as a band in 2015. We spent the past six years gigging around Wellington and else where, including the South Island. We continue to write new material. Currently we have plans to record new music at the end of September which will be ready for release by end of spring of early summer 2019.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    People can follow us and find our music, upcoming gig dates and videos on the following platforms:
    . Our Website.
    . YouTube channel.
    . Our Facebook Page.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    The three most influential albums to me when growing up are:
    . Two Sevens Clash (Joseph Hill & Culture, 1977 – Jamaica)
    . Fundisa Umlomo Wakho (Devera Ngwena Jazz band, 1983 Zimbabwe)
    . The Wisdom of Forgiveness (Vusi Mahlasela, 1994, South Africa

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    There are quite a few very talented Wellington musicians (a bit too many to list) that I would be very happy to collaborate with. I quite like artists such as Mayele Manzanza, Carlos Navae, Bohemian Thami [Bohemian Thought], TK Paradza [TAKUDZWA] etc, and bands such as; Newtown Rock Steady, Tunes of I, Phoenix Foundation etc.

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    Our favourite Wellington venue has to be The Rogue & Vagabond. But there are a few others that I personally enjoy playing at in terms of ambiance and audience demography, including Moon Bar in Newtown, Havana Bar and Southern Cross.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    My personal composition style two key processes: sometimes I start with playing a chord progression, creating some sort of a grove, then often suitable lyrics would follow. Other times, I start with writing my thoughts (often in poetry from), and then quite often a suitable groove and melody follows. As a group it’s usually through creating grooves and adding melodies, then lyrics.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Our upcoming gigs are:
    . Friday, 20 September at The Rogue & Vagabond.
    . Friday, 4 October at East Street Cafe, Nelson
    . Saturday, 5 October at The Mussel Inn, Golden Bay


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    The Eighth Note: Pass the Peas

    13.09.19 | 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.

    Up next is Kurt, singer/guitarist for new band Pass the Peas.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    We are Pass the Peas, Wellingtons first gender diverse boy band. Down in the swamp I wrestled with the apathy, this resulted in ballads and blues with a cynical lyrical content. It’s a five piece (Tiho on drums, Jamie on Bass, Alice on lead guitar, Ben on keyboards and Kurt on vocals).

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    We just released our first EP ‘Greek Heat’, this is largely based around an arm wrestle my older brother had with a massive Greek barman (he lost). We also have several tracks that we are working on currently that explore the inner most workings of the human mind, such as; ‘Selling feet’ which deals with the inner most workings of selling smut on the internet.

    Where is the best place people can follow you and find your music?
    I’m not too sure about that as I don’t really do social media. But we do have social media, so people can just follow us there. We’re on Spotify and Bandcamp, probably other services including but not limited to the aforementioned.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    I can’t speak for everyone, but ‘Raw Power’ by Iggy and the Stooges lit me up from opening tip. I was drawn to this record in my Dads collection by the album art, I was trying to understand the androgyny as a 12 year old boy from a small town. It was only a few seconds before the blistering solo at the start of the opening track (Search and Destroy) absolutely blew me away and I grew my hair. Pretty much the same thing happened to me with Black Sabbath’s ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’, some psycho looking album art drew me in and I never left. ‘Never mind the bollocks’ by the Sex Pistols hit at the right time for me too (mid-angst/puberty).

    What other Wellington musicians would you most like to work?
    Dartz and Ingrid and the Ministers.

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    I honestly like playing in my garage. I can do this nude and I don’t need to arrange any transport.

    In your songwritting or composing (or the bands songwritting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    In our time together we half learned ‘Do you think I’m sexy’ by Rod Stewart, but when Alice joined the band she vetoed that right off the bat. So we currently have no songs other than our originals, which come from all sorts of different stages in our lives. I’ve brought songs to the table that have all vocal parts and chords determined from back in my University days (6 plus years ago), yet when everyone comes together and does their thing it becomes the first time the songs sounds how I imagined it. We’re quite lucky how easy it is for us to play together. Alice has only recently joined the band, but all the material she has contributed fits so well that it feels like it was always there. Jamie has a very Miami Heat Chris Bosh way about how he plays, extremely steady (like a locomotive) yet capable of carrying the offense for extended stretches (good touch for a guy his size also). Tiho is a lawyer/drummer. He has a very mathematical way about him, wears a suit to practise and goes by the ‘Bosnian Document’ in certain circles. I know very little about Tiho, he’s an excellent drummer with plug and play ability (comparable to Lou Williams). Ben is the Brian Scalabrine of keyboards, extremely skilled and very intelligent but severely lacking in athleticism. I give Ben about 10 years before he suffers a heart attack. I’m Kurt, I play guitar and sing (you could liken me to Vince Carter if you look for similarities).

    Where/when’s your next gig?
    This Friday at Caroline with Dartz and Ingrid and the Ministers.


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    The Eighth Note: ARLS

    03.09.19 | 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.

    Up next are Alba & Bravo from new trip-hop influenced band ARLS, who have just released debut single LUCKY.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    We are a collaboration. I (Alba Rose) am a singer/songwriter. I (Bravo Bonez) am a musician, songwriter and producer who has recently come back to the industry after a long absence. We came together as a result of our mothers suggesting we should meet up to chat about music, and the industry. Both of us were a little reluctant, thinking it might be a bit of a waste of time, but we finally met up in a cafe in Wanaka. The chat was surprisingly good so we decided to keep in touch. We later discussed maybe doing some music together as we both have a love of 1990s acid jazz, neosoul and trip hop. Some musical ideas were exchanged and that formed the basis of our “MELD” EP which is being released in early 2020.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    We are currently finishing off our EP in Norway. Bravo is here to record two 4 track EPs for his solo project, LearningToDive, with Alba featuring as both a backing vocalist and vocalist, and is co-writing one of the tracks. Alba is also using the opportunity to write and develop some new material. We’re excited to be recording at Ocean Sound Recordings which is situated in a stunning location on an island at the end of a fjord near the town of Alesund where many notable artists have worked in the past, such as Arcade Fire, Sampha and Travis.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Our debut single “LUCKY” is available on all global streaming platforms. Those interested can follow us on Facebook and Instagram. We also have a YouTube channel at ARLS Official.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Alba: Zero 7 – Simple Things, Florence and the Machine – Lungs, Lily Allen – It’s Not Me, It’s You.
    Bravo: Massive Attack – Blue Lines, Portishead – Dummy, The Verve – Urban Hymns.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    Really too many to name. Lord Echo would be awesome. We would definitely like to work with James Goldsmith as a producer.

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    We love Meow! Also San Fran.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    Both of us come up with ideas, with hook development being shared, but with most of the verse lyrics being written by Alba, and the instrumentation, arrangements and production being handled by Bravo.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    No gigs planned at the moment, but we are looking into an EP release party early in 2020 with a live performance there 🙂

    String arrangement teaser from the song TREASON, along with some footage from Roundhead studios. At the desk is Simon Gooding, who recently worked with Pink on her latest album.


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    The Eighth Note: Low Key

    29.08.19 | 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.

    Up next is DJ/Producer Lachie, who records under the monikers MyEARS & Low Key.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    My friends know me as Lachie. I produce and DJ under MyEARS & Low Key. My music is geared primarily for the dance floor.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    I recently finished my first album, Functions, under the alias Low Key. I’ve been finding myself drawn to the techno side of things lately, so the new moniker is for exploring that. I’ll be continuing to explore everything else with MyEARS. Currently I’m working on some heavy stuff for a Low Key EP.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Bandcamp & Spotify. [MyEARS on Soundcloud].

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    I grew up listening to Computer World by Kraftwerk. Was grooving to that stuff in my nappy. It still stands the test of time today. When I was 8, the first generation iPod shuffle was released. Demon Days by Gorillaz came out around the same time as well, and quickly became my go to. A couple years later, The Album by Project One was released, and I had just gotten into shuffling. The trancey melodies really captured me and I became obsessed.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    I’ve been living with Field Enhancement Unity this year, and seen him throw down more than once. Would love to play some more with him. Joshua B has played some killer sets around Wellington but recently moved to Europe. I’ll be doing the same next month so hopefully we can team up again soon. Paul Dockery strikes me as the first Wellington based DJ to really pull me into a techno set, so I have to mention him, too.

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    I love the intimate space at Valhalla. So many great memories have been shared there, both behind and in front of the decks.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    Most of my compositions happen spontaneously, I rarely ever sit down with an idea in mind. I prefer to experiment with the software and try to break it / use it in ways it was not intended for. Through this trial and error I usually find a sound I can work with, and the inspiration begins to flow.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    I just played my last Wellington set at Vertigo III the other week. Currently I’m packing up for Europe next month, where my musical journey will continue.

    Lachie: My partner and I made a music video with footage we got from the Wellington underground scene and a track from Functions.


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    The Eighth Note: Arjuna Oakes

    21.08.19 | 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.

    Up next is Arjuna Oakes, originally from Auckland but now based in Wellington.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    My Name is Arjuna Oakes, I am a 20 year old musician originally from Titirangi in West Auckland, but am now based in Wellington. I’ve been playing piano for 14 years and singing my whole life. I create music that is inspired by many different musical genres, mainly Jazz, Soul, Folk and world music. My music is often about social issues but told through a personal lens. I enjoy subverting conventions with my music and keeping the music interesting and meaningful but still entertaining.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    I have an E.P being released in September.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Instagram, Spotify and Facebook. [Also Bandcamp, YouTube, Soundcloud]

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    In our Nature by Jose Gonzales
    Based on a True Story by Fat Freddy’s Drop
    and Astral Weeks by Van Morrison.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    H4lf Cast, they are mates of mine and such amazing performers! They have that perfect mix of exciting stage presence and topical/meaningful music that I think will take them far!

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    Caroline is fun! Also have played in San Fran with a band called The Shambles, that was wild!

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    I will start with the music, usually just chords on the piano and then will start singing to flesh out a melody. The use of harmony in the chord progression will usually provide me with the theme/mood for the song. Then I’ll find a line that informs the lyrical content. Often, I will only truly understand the meaning of a song half way through writing it, or even not until it is finished.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Not playing for a little while as preparing for an E.P launch. I’ll be playing at the MOON birthday gig on 31st of August and then touring in October, possibly playing some low-key gigs before then. [Arjuna Oakes Single Release at Caroline to celebrate the release of his single “Lost”, which is the second single off of his upcoming E.P].

    VMorg LTD chat with Arjuna Oakes about his experiences in the New Zealand music industry with both The Shambles and Arjuna Oakes Music.

    From the Radioactive.fm Orcon Live Room, July 2019.


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    The Eighth Note: Uber Driver

    16.08.19 | 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.

    Up next is DJ/producer Uber Driver.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    I go by Uber Driver, a dance music specialist playing a range of genres spanning techno, bass and beyond. There’s an affinity for club music that has become deeper through amazing domestic and global experience.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    Currently I have some tracks circulating from EP ‘…Arriving Soon’, released on August 9 on Auckland record label Heat Rockers.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    To keep up with the journey and bad memes, I’m most active on Instagram and for streaming music, catch me on Soundcloud or Spotify.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Growing up, Hip Hop was my first love and was definitely shaped by Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III, 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Trying and definitely Illmatic by Nas.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    Borrowed CS, Riki Gooch and Alexa Casino. Incredibly talented musicians I’ve had the privilege to brush shoulders with but not (yet) create any magic with!

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    When the right crowd shows up, Club 121 on Cuba Street. Super intimate basement that’s perfectly suited for gritty and emotive techno.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    More often than not, it begins the drum tracks. The rhythm is predominantly the focus for me but recently I’ve been trying to build the drums around atmosphere or a melodic idea and yield more interesting results.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    On the day of the EP release, Aug 9, I played a show at Galatos Basement in Auckland. Otherwise you can catch me banging club tracks at Club 121 on Aug 16 for Satellites.


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    The Eighth Note: Sam Cullen

    09.08.19 | 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. Invercargill born pop singer/songwriter Sam Cullen, played upwards of 60 gigs across New Zealand in 2018 and has quickly established himself as one of the country’s hardest-working young performers. Sam placed 3rd in New Zealand’s SmokefreeRockquest competition in 2018 out of over 800 acts while having been named Southland’s Junior Entertainer of the Year in 2017. He performed at the NZ Parliament (Beehive) in August 2018 and also played at Cromwell’s highly successful River Range Music Festival in 2019. Now based in Wellington he released a new single & video earlier in the year.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    My name is Sam Cullen, I’m a solo alt-pop singer/songwriter bought up down south in Invercargill and now based in Wellington. My music focuses on emotional intensity, based on anthemic guitar-based hooks combined with dance music grooves and some songwriter flavour.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    I’ve got a bunch of new tracks in the works that I’m really excited about. They’re all very close to being ready to go so I’m looking forward to throwing them out there and following up my last single ‘Shut The Door‘.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    My Facebook page is my main output in terms of socials along with Instagram and Youtube!

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    I was bought up on Fleetwood Mac’s The Dance on family road trips. Classic! Discovering Radiohead’s OK Computer when I was about 15 was also a bit of a turning point. More recently, The 1975’s A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships has been my go to.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    I’d love to sit down with my friends Arjuna Oakes and Connor Moore (who I adore) to see what comes out. I’ve been lucky enough to spend some short time with Neil Macleod who is an exceptionally talented and forward-thinking dude. I went to see Solomon Crook play a gig a couple of months back which blew my mind as well. I feel privileged to be rubbing shoulders with so many great musicians.

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    Playing at Caroline was a super cool vibe. It’s such a unique space and has had some fantastic musicians through in the past.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    For me it’s never the same. Sometimes the music comes first, sometimes the lyrics do. It’s nice to have a couple of different ways of writing. Lyrically, things can often come from a personal space and musically a lot of the time it’s happy accidents where something will spawn from a certain moment in time. I’ve found lately that sitting down with nothing but a guitar and stripping things right back has been really productive.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    I’m opening for Auckland act Menino at Caroline on August 9th along with singer/songwriter Sofia Machray.


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    The Eighth Note: Marin Esteban

    08.08.19 | 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. Up next is French ambient musician, record producer and film composer Marin Esteban, who has been travelling around New Zealand for a while, and is currently based in Wgtn where he has been playing some gigs.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    I’m Marin, a French musician currently in Wellington. In music I use to compose and play on my old Guild acoustic guitar which is treated with some digital effects. The result is a mix between sound texture and sweet melodies. I like to think music like a process. It depends of the context, the acoustic of the venue and the state of mind, of course. I’m pretty much into the melody. There is something mysterious in the melody. A kind of thing with no name which is connected with the infinite.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    I was touring New Zealand last month with a solo act. This period make me thought about my first record. My work is often close to a journey, or visual arts. I usually work on movies soundtracks and I have published a music video showing some Fantails flying above the misty lake at Kerosene Creek. I should start a series video on the water element and why not continue on every elements.

    Video recorded at Kerosene Creek, New Zealand, 2019

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    People can find my music everywhere on the internet [Bandcamp] but I’m sure the easy way is on Youtube.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    When I was child, I was listening Marqueen Moon by Television in a loop. I got the album on tape that I have erased the recordings cause of several listenings. There is a bridge on the eponyme song Marquee Moon were guitars sounds like seagull. I thought music were very close to the nature. After that I felt in love with the live album, which is mainly a movie, Live at Pompeii by Pink Floyd. I have discovered how poetry and philosophy could surrounded the music. The album Ronrocco by Gustavo Santaolalla is one of my latest big influence in music. I was bringing a small speaker during tramping in the Pyrenean mountains in France to listen it at night. The album’s title is the name of the instrument recorded on it, also call Charango. It’s an eight nylon string wooden instrument. This intimate sound connected to the wilderness feeling during the night was quite a revelation.

    A horse trekking journey in south island’s high country of New Zealand during summer 2019.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    Motte alias Anita Clark is one of my favorite music project in Wellington. Her music is coming from outer space. I don’t know how to define it and I’ve talked to her only few words but her music is pretty close to my universe.

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    I’ve attend a lot of gigs in Wellington and playing some opens mics as well. Each place have it’s own personality but Valhalla is the high quality sound system I guess and the Pyramid Club is a good place to experiment as the audience is quiet and open minded.

    Live recorded at Valhalla, July 10th 2019 (Wellington, New Zealand). Support Tower Of Flints + Secrets Of The Sun.

    In your songwriting or composing how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    Working in the studio is mainly improvising and recording. When something happen, it’s recorded. Sometime, when you are playing, you don’t realise what you are doing. Recordings and listening is a great part of the composing’s process.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    I’ll perform at the Pyramid Club on August 8th with Todd Luffa an American musician. I’m very excited to perform in this venue and to share the stage with this artist.

    Video recorded at Huka falls, Taupo, New Zealand, July 2019.


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    The Eighth Note: Lord of the North

    07.08.19 | 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.
    Up next is Lord of the North, an instrumental project formed by cebuano guitarist Jiji Aligno. The band was finally materialized on 2015 when Jiji a.k.a. “Lord of the North” was invited to play for the album launch of another rock instrumentalist, Dave Gonzales. Ron Garcia (ex-Stabwoundz) and Xyril Taran (ex-Burning Culture) was then invited to play in the band. They band stuck with the name “Lord of the North” and has been playing in gigs ever since. Richard Ricky Flores (Three Legged Men / Stellarskin) then took over the drummer duties which led to completion of the debut album called “MVRCK”.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    Friends call me Jiji. My music goes under the name ‘Lord of the North’ which is a long story. But to make things clear, the name is not referencing the famous TV show with the dragons and all that. It’s actually an inside joke that my friends used to call me back where I come from, since I used to live in the northern part of Cebu, which is in the Philippines. I’ve moved to Wellington (for good) and have tried to perform and share my music in the Welly scene as much as I can. I really love Wellington and the arts scene here. As for my music, I write rock instrumental music with a huge focus on guitar melodies, catchy riffs and with huge attention to arrangement and story telling. I guess you can say it is progressive instrumental music highlighting a lot of guitar work.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    I’ve been working on a new album and have just released a new single and a music video called “Apollo” which features one of my best friends Seth Jackson (Scorn of Creation). Very excited with the way this new album is headed since I’ve recently gained a huge interest in cinematic scoring and am trying to apply new ideas to express certain motiffs. Still in the writing process though and might even do a bit of singing in some tunes. I’m also writing music for a funk project called BuzzSaw.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    The music is available on Spotify, iTunes and other digital outlets. The first album, MVRCK, which I released in 2016 can be found there. My music is also lurking in the bowels of the internet like Facebook, Instagram and Youtube where I like to post guitar vids and exercises on top of the music I write.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Growing up as a punk rock kid, I’d say the biggest influence to me is Rancid’s “And Out Come the Wolves”. Marty Friedman’s music is definitely a huge influence to me as a guitarist and in how I see instrumental music especially his album Loudspeaker. And very recently, bands like Vulfpeck. So I’m going to say, Vulfpeck’s “The Beautiful Game” is a killer of an album. Obviously there’s a lot, but those are the top 3 that I can think of that I always listen to from a day to day basis.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    I’ve been working on another project with Seth (the same guy who featured in Apollo). Seems like we have a lot in common in terms of interests so will be definitely involved in a few projects with him or his band. Other Wellington acts that I really like are bands like Chocolate Thunder, Ghost Who Walks, General Vibe, Scorn of Creation, Dark Divinity and Into Orbit. I’m quite into a wide and various range of music.

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    Moon Bar and Valhalla. I really enjoy taking part in the jam nights there as well.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    I pretty much do most of the songwriting and make adjustments from there with the band. I usually start with a rhythmic idea and then chord progressions. That is where the rest of the elements take place, based on the rhythm and the direction of the song chords-wise. I write the guitar melodies last since I like to take time in coming up with the best melodies to my ears considering it is instrumental music.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    As of the moment, the band is still doing rehearsals, writing songs and will definitely be playing out there soon. However, I plan to perform some of these songs in Valhalla’s open jam night which takes place once a month. There’s one just around the corner which is on the 7th of August. I’ll be filling in bass guitar duties for Scorn of Creation on the 15th of August at Valhalla opening for Disentomb.


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