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    The Eighth Note: Tom Ashman

    22.11.19 | 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 Tom Ashman, a musician and songwriter from Scotland, now based in Wellington.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    Tom Ashman, I play grungey, rocky, punk/folk.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    Mainly my latest album ‘Degenerate’ availible on Spotify and all the other platforms.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Probably on Youtube, Spotify or on my Facebook page.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    By The Way – RHCP
    Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against The Machine
    Nevermind – Nirvana

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    Anyone with cool tunes!

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    The tunnel at the train station or Cuba Mall!

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    I tend to just start out playing afew chords and then the melody and word just kind of pop into my head. I don’t usually sit down with the intention of writing a song, that rarely works, in my experience.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Wellington Night Markets – 23rd November
    The Boathouse Nelson, Opening for The Warratahs – 29th November


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    The Eighth Note: Sports Dreams

    15.11.19 | Permalink | Comment? | 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 Shannen from Fruit Juice Parade, whose new Wgtn/PN band Sports Dreams have just released their debut E.P.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    My name is Shannen Petersen, I’m the singer and guitarist in Sports Dreams.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    We just released our first EP, also called Sports Dreams, and two singles from it called Drive and Sports Dreams. We reeeeeally seem to like our name. We’re also working on a few more songs that we’ll end up playing later in the year, but no plans for more releases just at the moment.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Facebook, Instagram, Bandcamp and Spotify!

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Oh this is a hard one!! I listened to a lot of Taylor Swift when I was first learning to play guitar, so her album Fearless has to be pretty up there. Another one – one of my friends used to be in a band called Man in Rug and they released their EP in my first year of high school, at that point I’d heard nothing like it in my life and thought it was the best thing ever! So Man in Rug by Man in Rug definitely gets a mention. The last one would have to be Lush by Snail Mail, I think it’s beautiful and heartfelt and is everything I ever want to achieve in an album.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    I’ve been really enjoying the new Secret Knives album, as well as the new Mermaidens one. I always love seeing Linen play too, so I’d be super happy to work with any of them!

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    I love playing at San Fran! We recently played there with Hans Pucket on their New Zealand tour, it was the most fun. The big stage is always a good time.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    I generally start by writing a guitar line, or editing some words together into vague song-form. I write a lot in the notes on my phone and find it easier to pull verses and lines together from that than to think of them on the spot at a practice! Then Fraser, my bandmate, and I get together for a practice and he adds synth lines, drums, pretty swirly things to the song.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    We’re playing in Auckland on the 23rd of November with Carb on Carb, at Whammy Backroom, and we’ve got one more show in the works for Wellington before then! [Zinefest midparty: Unsanitary Napkin, sports dreams, Hybrid Rose].


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    The Eighth Note: Oh Sweet Nothings

    08.11.19 | Permalink | Comment? | 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 Aeron, lead singer, guitarist and primary song writer of Oh Sweet Nothings, who have just released their debut E.P ‘Emergency Procedures”.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    We are a 3-sometimes-4-piece, indie/post-alternative/post-post-punk band called Oh Sweet Nothings and we write songs about life and shit… In their review of our EP, Muzic.net.nz said we sound “like a grungy, grainy punked up version of The White Stripes”. Clarrie’s Mum said we sound “pretty good ayy.”

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    We released our first EP late last month! We have a cheeky music video for “You’re So Special” coming out on the 8th November. We’re also sitting on a 12 track album, but there’s still a lot of work to be done on that one.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    We’re pretty much everywhere online – Spotify, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Bandcamp. And a bunch of other random places I’ve never heard of like Deezer and 7Digital. We’re most active on Facebook and Instagram.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Damn! Speaking purely for myself, if I’m limiting it to 3, I’d probably go with: Kid A, Songs for the Deaf and Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness.

    Which other Wellington musician(s) would you most like to work with?
    I/we’d be open to working with anyone who has an open mind and a good work ethic. But to name drop a few dream collabs: GingerKiss (which will 100% happen), Secret Knives, and Popstrangers, assuming they reform and come back to Wellington (please do).

    What is your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    Each venue has its quirks and charms. We love playing anywhere and we’ve never had a bad experience working with any of them. That being said, my answer right now would be Valhalla man. Ben and the team are so friendly, accommodating and onto it. Not to mention the rig they have there and the spacious stage. Moon would be a close second though!

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    It depends on the song – each one has its own story – but generally they start off as either an improv jam that someone records on their phone, or someone comes up with a riff or idea and that gets fleshed out in a DAW. Most of our songs were based off of ideas that either me or our old bassist Oliver (who is no longer with us – he’s kind of like the Syd Barrett of our band) came up with, and it would usually be me who fleshes them out and makes the call when they’re “finished.”

    Where/when is your next gig?
    8th of November at The Third Eye on Arthur St, with LOTU and Teresa the Rat. Come along oi it’ll be a sick as night.


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    The Eighth Note: Loner and the Nobody’s

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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    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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