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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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    The Eighth Note: Paperghost

    02.08.19 | 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 Sonorous Circle artist Paperghost.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    Hey, my name is Zach, I play music under the name Paperghost and release music with the Wellington label/collective Sonorous Circle. The music is really varied in terms of genre but often contains collaged sample material along with acoustic and synthesised instrumentation. I’m really fascinated by texture and like to put disparate elements together to create complex sonic spaces, but then I also enjoy pop music so often try to marry these elements.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    I have just released an album of instrumental music inspired by West Coast synthesis and hippy cult documentaries, of which I’ve been watching too many, called This Is a Miracle Village. I’m also slowly releasing music in a kind of incremental album that will grow a track every now and then when one is ready. Beyond that I’m starting to do a little soundtrack work on some independent film. And on top of this I’m going to release a music video soon with my music set to a terrible horror movie my brother and I made when we were really young.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Sonorous Circle (label), Bandcamp, Spotify & Facebook.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Firstly, maybe a bit obvious but Kid A by Radiohead was really important to me. It was one of the albums that actually got me interested in music, coming out when I was about 15 I think and I was totally blown away and obsessed with it. I’m still looking for albums that tread that line between incredible pop and genuinely interesting art music so well so I guess I never really got over it.

    Another one soon after was Portishead’s self titled album. It was dark and spooky and also a gateway into hip-hop and sampling for me. It also taught me that if you actually embrace production as a creative part of music it’s no less important or less expressive than melody, harmony or any other factor.
    Quite a bit later but right before I starting releasing Paperghost stuff I was making music sampling from an old turntable, room recording piano, and singing along with a very untrained voice. I loved making the music but it didn’t sound like anything I listened to, which should have been cool but when you’re first making music it just kind of feels like you’re doing something wrong. When I heard Ether Teeth by Fog I heard someone with a shaky voice, a room recorded piano and cut up samples making some of best music I’d ever heard. And what’s more, all the things I thought I was doing wrong this album had embraced and made them a feature. Not only did I love this album, it taught me to trust my creative voice more in the future.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    I’m incredibly lucky. I’m terrible at networking but somehow I get to work with the most amazing musicians. Right now Motte is going to record me some violin and if you haven’t seen her play she’s really incredible, easily one of the most exciting artists in New Zealand. And other amazing musicians have always been really generous, I’ve had massively talented Wellington musicians such as Grayson Gilmour, Thomas Lambert (Thomas Arbour/I.Ryoko) and Reece McNaughten (Big Flip) contribute recordings and talent and the list goes on. Almost all Wellington musicians I’ve met have been cool and generous. There are still more I hope to work with but right now I’m still buzzing that Anita (Motte) is recording some material for me.

    What’s your favorite Wellington venue to play in?
    Probably Pyramid club, an awesome bunch of people running it that seem to really love music and you never feel like you’re an inconvenient side hustle like you sometimes feel at a bar.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    Really in a variety of ways, at times I build music around samples or field recordings, at other times I build things up from harmony or melodies written on a piano or other instrument.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Actually nothing planned, my partner and I are going to have a baby soon so gigging may have to wait a little!


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    The Eighth Note: Will McClean

    30.07.19 | Permalink | 1 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 new Hip-Hop artist Will McClean, who has just released his first E.P Prelude.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    My name is Will McClean, I’m a nineteen year old, Wellington born and raised musician. I’m currently submersed in hip hop, in particular the rap aspect of hip hop. I’ve been making music since I was around five when I learnt guitar but have only recently started refining my hip hop skills over the past year really. I just write about my experiences, thoughts and whatever comes out of my brain onto the page. There’s nothing that can’t be written about.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    I’ve been working on a few mixtapes, EP’s and various collaborations. I’m aiming to have another project out in the Summer of 2019. But plans can always change so we’ll see what happens from now until then I suppose.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Most likely Instagram or Facebook, as I’m an independent artist the only form of promotion and communication is through my social media handles (which has its ups and downs, cause I’m trying to submerse myself in the real world and not my phone). My music is available on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp and Soundcloud.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Home Brew – Self Titled Album. Hearing a New Zealand accent is one thing but hearing Tom Scott speak about real life problems, especially problems in New Zealand that nobody talks about, was the first inspiration for me to start writing. I can pinpoint the moment when I first heard this album as one of the main reason I’m doing what I do.

    Logic – Welcome to Forever (Mixtape). Logic was always getting played in my headphones and speakers throughout my time at high school, which is really the time people start working out who they are and where they fit into this crazy world. Hearing Logic preach positivity through his music always fuelled my fire to spread as much love possible while I exist in this place, to everybody no matter what race, religion, colour, creed or sexual orientation.

    The Vacuum – From the cottage. The Vacuum was the band my father was in. Although my Dad never made it big as a musician, he was a proud musician and ever since I was a kid I saw that he wasn’t doing it for any reason other than because he enjoyed it. Which inspired me to start making music, because I enjoy it and so I will continue to do so because when it boils down to it, life is short so we have to enjoy it while it lasts.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    H4LF CĀST
    Thomas Oliver
    Innocent Max
    Dr.Reknaw
    Simloco
    Pretty much anybody who wants to have a jam and see what we end up with after.

    What is your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    So far I’ve only played a couple of small gigs here and there, but I jumped up and had a jam with H4LF CĀST at St. Peters Village Hall in Paekakariki, which was heaps of fun so I’d probably say there!

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    I’ll just either hear or make an instrumental and catch the vibe, and it all just kind of flows out onto the page or notepad on my phone in ten minutes or so. Or ill be going about my day and one rhyme or line pops into my head and I write it down and then either finish the song then, or come back to it.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    My next gig is at Valhalla, alongside the insanely talented Cam MacLean and Simloco. The gig is on Wednesday 31st July and is the first gig I’ve organised myself so fingers crossed it goes smoothly!! Come along for a mid-winter boogie everybody x.


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    The Eighth Note: Ashley Alexander

    11.07.19 | 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 Ashley Alexander.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    My names is Ashley Alexander, I’m a funk soul singer songwriter/producer from Paraparaumu, currently settled in between the smoke and suburbia of Auckland. My music is soul music for those who need a green light, skipping the noise and traffic of 9-5 life.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    So much music to come. The Debut EP “Staring at the sun for too long” will be released later this year followed with a bunch of shows around New Zealand this summer.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Spotify, my Website, Facebook, Instagram, and Soundcloud.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    I was an moody teenager..
    A rush of blood to the head – Coldplay
    Black gives way to blue – Alice in chains
    Lost & Found – Mudvayne

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    My boy Louis Baker would be a great musical mind to explore.

    What is your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    San Fran bathhouse was a trip.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    I gravitate to the keys or guitar to create a base to work off, from there I form a whole track. Melodies and chords always come first.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Announcing some end of year locations soon!


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    The Eighth Note: Severed Beliefs

    08.07.19 | 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 new metalcore band Severed Beliefs.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    We are Severed Beliefs. We play metalcore inspired by acts from the late 90s and early two thousands (Poison the Well, 7a7p, Unbroken).

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    We’ve recently put a lot of work into our Debut demo which is out now on elimination records as well as writing and improving our craft with new tracks for a later release.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and you can find our music on Spotify and the Elimination records Bandcamp. We also have our debut live set shot by Caspar Kneale photography up on his Youtube channel.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Fergus:
    Scribe – The Crusader
    Mob Deep – The Infamous
    Rage Against the Machine – Evil Empire
    Ian:
    Nevermind – Nirvana
    Alive or Just Breathing – Killswitch Engage
    Hybrid Theory – Linkin Park

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    A split with Coldxwar would be real cool

    What is your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    Aro Valley Hall for sure, All Ages hardcore forever.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the bandís songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    Ian: The first EP all the music was written by me and Fergus wrote the lyrics. After that we asked Jasper and Josh (Guitarist and Bassist) to join the band. Now the process is becoming more collaborative.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Our next gig is up in Auckland playing at the penrose underground. You can find the event on facebook titled Auckland Will be Laid to Waste.


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    The Eighth Note: Yorke

    17.06.19 | 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 Billy Ridgway, who records under the name Yorke, and has just released his multi-genre debut album Nü Yorke.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    My name is Yorke, I’m a 24 year old musician living in Wellington, New Zealand. The name Yorke originated when I first moved to Wellington because of my resemblance to the great Thom Yorke. Yorke became my nickname and who I was known as around the city. It’s also homage to my upbringing in Yorkshire. The title of my debut album “Nü Yorke” stemmed from the idea of bringing a new face and sound to my fanbase. Also being inspired by great artists from New York, I thought the play on words was perfect.⁣
    ‘⁣Nü Yorke’ has no specific genre. It brings in an array of sounds all the way from RnB to alternative rock. I wanted to create an album that isn’t just relatable to my peers in New Zealand, but is able to be translated worldwide. What better way in doing so, then using the language of love. With this album I have portrayed my stories in a way that will make you feel we have once walked in the same shoes. I hope I am able to give people temporary relief whilst they work their way through their own journey of life and love.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    I have a few new music videos in the works with the great Connor Pritchard. We only met for the first time late last year but the energy we have when we work together is truly magic. Connor is a very humble guy, who really cares about the art and shares a very similar vision with me. It works like clockwork every time.
    I’m also in a six man band, which will be performing the “Nü Yorke.” album with in the next few months. Every member of the band has been around during the beginning of my journey of becoming Yorke, so performing my first ever album with them will be something truly special. You won’t want to miss out on this one.
    Lastly, new music is on the way! I have an EP on the way with my best friend/audio engineer/very talented vocalist, Sparrow. We’ve been making music together since 2013, so our collaborative nature is very natural and unforced. We know each-others sounds so well that its very easy share the same vision when we’re writing a song together in the studio.

    Where is the best place where people can follow you & find your music?
    I would say my most active social media account would be my Instagram. But you can find me on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter. Pretty much everything. Honestly you’ll find everything you need on my Instagram.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    This is an extremely difficult question, but if you want to know the three most influential albums that help me grow int my sound, I’ll try box it down for you.
    T-Pain – THR33 RINGZ (2008)
    So this came out when I was 13, before I even started making music. I was always very much into hip-hop, but this album mixed the qualities I loved about RnB with the bounce of Hip-hop I lived for. The album very much opened my eyes up to the importance of melodic sentences, as every song was such an ear worm. Every chorus had a futuristic tone to it, and would grab your attention. I think this is the first album I ever put on my MP3 player and I would have it on repeat. Anyway, this album is the only reason I started making music. One day I was bored and home and googled “How to sound like T-Pain.” That’s the first time I downloaded a DAW and I’ve been recording myself ever since.
    Chance the Rapper – AcidRap (2013)
    So this album came out on my first year out of high school, I had just moved to Christchurch to study audio engineering at MAINZ. I had already started a small fan base living in Blenheim, collaborating with artists such as Octobr and Tapz. As much as I loved RnB at this point, I was only making rap music as I hadn’t found my voice yet. This album changed everything. It brought me back to that old school feeling of hip-hop I loved, intertwined with Jazz that my Grandad had brought me up on as well. Most importantly, it had a brand new sound of melodic rap. Just the thing I had been looking for. Chance taught me you could still be conscious with your words, while using your voice to paint melodic strokes of art. This was the first step of infusing my work of hip-hop into something more melodic.
    Bryson Tiller – Trapsoul (2015)
    The final album that really pushed me in the right direction of where I wanted to take my music. This album was the perfect blend of the trap era of music, and the futuristic RnB I was so desperately trying to make. Over everything, the relatability of the album was all there. I had just gone through a rough breakup the same week this album dropped, and he spoke to me about my stories. This album really brought my passion into play. I wanted to make music for people who go through relationship issues, but don’t know how to express it. This album spoke to me in a way that made me feel like my situation was being listened to and validated. I can only hope my album spoke to a few people, the way this album spoke to me.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    Luckily I’ve already managed work with my favourite artists out of Wellington! But right now I can’t stop listening to George Young’s Mental, PT. 1 EP. I used to hear George DJ once a week at the restaurant I work at. He’s very passionate about music and you can hear that come through his EP, along with his character. Hopefully we can tee something up for the future!

    What is your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    I’ve only played at a couple! But I would have to say my favourite venue to go see a live show would have to be San Fran. Excellent floor layout, a balcony to get some air over looking Cuba street. And when that floor is full, the acoustics of the room is absolutely incredible.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the bands songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    I started out making music alone in my bedroom, as most of us do. It was a fun way to pass the time and also very therapeutic to be able to express myself. I do enjoy collaborating today, but if I want to get to the core of my music I usually have to be alone with only myself to converse with. Every day is so different from the last, so depending on how I’m feeling will define the outcome of the track. I work with a lot of producers from all over the world, so I usually have a few beat catalogues to dive into before I even get started. I’ll search for a beat that is in sync with the feeling I have in my stomach. I then set up the mic and get out how I’m feeling by free styling across the production until I’ve found some key melodies and lyrics. Usually at this point I’ll find the hook and it will become the heart of the song. After that its pretty easy, I’ll write around what the hook is focused on, and go back to my favourite melodies I kept and rewrite around them.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    This is undecided! I have a few venues that are keen to put on a show, I just need a bit more time to organise the band so I can put on the live show you all deserve!


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