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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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    The Eighth Note: Dewie

    11.06.19 | 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 Dewie, the new moniker of Sonya Ishimnikova who was previously part of duo Blue For Noon.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    I’m Dewie. I grew up in Russia, moved to New Zealand when I was young. The music I’ve been writing and am most inspired by is synthy, ambient and nostalgic.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    Sudden Venus, my first solo project came out a few days ago. I locked my self in my parents house whilst working on it, occasionally coming out for a cup of coffee and a chat with my mum.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Now, you’ll be able to find the 4 tracks on Spotify, Tidal, YouTube etc.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Not going to lie, 200km/h In the Wrong Lane by t.A.T.u, Blood Type by Kino, Techenie by Chicherina.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    I feel like I could learn a lot from Linen!

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    I previously played at Laundry but would love to play at Caroline in the future.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    There’s often a lingering feeling that ends up seeping into songs. Normally I begin with sound design then I’ll move on to the chords, melody and vocals. While arranging, I’ll add various components and mix as I go, which I feel like hinders the process but it’s worked for me so far.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    I’m currently away from home, so it will have to be once I come back in a few months time – in the meantime I’ll be doing a Björk and attempting to write music sans any music equipment.


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    The Eighth Note: Sofia Machray

    24.05.19 | 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 Sofia Machray, an indie artist originally from Queenstown but now based in Wellington.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    I’m Sofia Machray, an alternative indie artist originally from Queenstown but I am now based in Wellington studying a Bachelor of Commercial Music at Massey University. I draw a lot of inspiration from artists such as Tash Sultana, Daughter, and Ben Howard. My vocal style has been described as ‘uniquely raw and authentic,’ which is well matched by my ‘dynamic guitar playing,’ leaving audiences feeling ‘captivated.’

    “Sofia’s pared-back, acoustic guitar, and mellow folk/indie sounds have already made their mark regionally.” – Bethany Rodgers, Lakes Weekly Bulletin

    “Sofia shares similarities with Indie legends such as ‘Daughter’ and ‘Hozier’, she is not an artist to miss.” – Something Something

    Recently I’ve drifted away from my solo singer-songwriter projects and have been focusing on collaborating and performing with other locals artists combing aspects of moody folk and surf rock. I’ve always had a huge passion for music, from the early stages of my life I can remember dancing around the house to ‘Crocodile Rock’ by Elton John. I self-taught myself guitar by the time I was 7 years old and played in bands all throughout primary school, it wasn’t until high school where I kicked off on my own solo singer-songwriter career. From there I have been recognized in many competitions all over the South Island for my musicianship and have played at festivals such as Queenstown’s Winter Festival, The New Zealand Mountian and Film Festival, Wine and food festivals and have opened for New Zealand artists such as Anna Mac.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    Lately, I’ve been working on ways to incorporate electronic music into my compositions. I’ve been playing around a lot with synthesizers and seeing how I can incorporate random samples from field recordings, like birds and other random sounds into my music. I’ve been collaborating a lot with an Artist/Producer named LOTU on a few singles to which are expected to be released by the end of the year. We’ve been bouncing ideas back and forth all summer and I can see a lot of potential with where it’s going. Our genre would slide into the alternative indie electronica, which is a new path for myself, but I find the roots of my mellow indie style will always remain no matter how experimental it gets. Apart from this wee project I’ve done a lot of live takes with my band in the studio this year, that I might release later on in the year as well, so keep an eye out!

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    The best place for people to follow my music career would be my Facebook page you can find it under my name Sofia Machray as well as my Spotify, which is where you’ll find all my released music. You can also find my music on Apple Music, iTunes, Sound Cloud, and YouTube.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Amy Winehouse has been a massive influence growing up, it’s hard to pinpoint one album but I’ll go for Back to Black. Her vocals are so unique and brought such a quality to the Jazz/Blues scene like no other. I’ve always admired her songwriting and how upfront she was, she really had no filter throughout her career. She wasn’t afraid to tell the world about her experiences and the challenges that she was facing. I think that’s an extremely important quality as an artist.

    Daughter ‘If You Leave’ has always been one of my favorite albums growing up, the emotion that’s captured throughout this record is unreal. Elena Tonra’s mesmerizing vocals glide throughout the songs, before leaping in to a post-rock thrum led by brutal, jarring percussion. I love the amount of reverb used throughout the record, I’ve always been a big fan of that. If you listen carefully to the lyrics of the song they are truly striking, and touch on so many important ideas.

    Ben Howard ‘Every Kingdom’ has been the most influential album growing up in terms of my guitar style. He’s really helped me to push myself in terms of the various dynamic figure picking styles he uses as well as tunings. When I was younger I would sit down and spend hours trying to learn his songs of this album. He opened up a world of possibilities for me personally, I never thought that playing around with different tunings could lead you in so many different directions.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    Some Wellington singer-songwriters that I would love to collaborate with would be Connor Moore, Solomon Crook, and Seamouse. They all have such captivating qualities to their music, and style, I would love to work with them at some point.

    What ís your favorite Wellington venue to play in?
    So far I’ve really enjoyed playing at The Library Bar as it’s a really intimate spot, I’ve done a few solo projects in this space that have been really memorable. You can find some of the live sessions I recorded there on YouTube and listen to them on Spotify. However, with my band, I love playing at Caroline as you always get such a supportive and fun crowd there.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    When composing my songs I generally start off by jamming on my guitar and playing around with different melodies and fingerpicking styles until it sparks an idea. I often use different tunings when I’m stuck to help this process and avoid writing songs that sound similar to previous compositions I’ve written. During this process, I tend to hum melodies over the chords then write down particular words that come to mind. I often write about books I’ve read, things I see on the news, movies, as well as my experiences and others. When writing my lyrics I’ll come up with phases and write words next to them that rhyme, it’s like piecing a puzzle together. I will refer to my songwriting book which is full of ideas, poems, thoughts, feelings, and random words. I carry this book everywhere I go and take inspiration/ideas to write about from all around the place. When I’ve finally pieced together the lyrics I’ll then go off and experiments with ways I can rehook the listener’s attention, for example, by changing up the picking pattern or slowing it down. When I’m confident with the piece I’ll take it to my band and we will work on it for a week or so from there, sometime it’ll change completely to fit the bands set, rather than my solo/duo set which is more stripped back and closer to how I originally write the song. I generally write all of my music in an isolated space with mood lighting, so nothing can interrupt me and so I can have space to express my creativity.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    It’ll be in Newtown at Moon Bar on Friday the 24th, I’ll be playing alongside many other talented artists. The show kicks off at 9:00 pm, so bring your dancing shoes and come on down for a boogie!


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    The Eighth Note: Alma Leta

    22.05.19 | 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 California born, Auckland raised electronic pop artist Alma Leta, who has recently relocated to Wellington.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    Hello I’m Alma Leta! I’m 24 and was born in California, raised in NZ. I’m from Kaipara Flats north of Auckland and moved to Welly almost a year ago. I feel like my musical side has had the most room to flourish here! At this stage I write electronic pop songs. I want to explore and combine other genres in my work too eventually and hone in on raw instruments. I guess I’m still finding my feet with all this and refining my sound. I’ve been writing songs since I was 7 (mind you they were silly then) and properly got into it when I was 20 while I was living back over in the states for a bit.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    I have approximately 4 songs on the way, freshly baked and ready to pop out the oven! Then 2 others that are still in the works. I am very excited to share them!

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    The best way to keep up to date on new music is through my Instagram and my Facebook page. All of my released music can be found on Apple Music, Spotify and Soundcloud.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Lana Del Rey’s first album.
    All Florence and the Machine.
    Oh and all of The National.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    George Turner and anyone else who’s keen!

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    Yet to play anywhere! There’s definitely a myriad of places I would be honoured to perform at. I’m currently living in a big old warehouse and it might just be a great place to have a small intimate debut show.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    I feel like I’m a writer first and singer second. Words nibble me all day. While I’m driving, at work, while I’m trying to sleep! I wish melodies flirted with me as much. It’s frustrating having all these lyrics and not always a song to burst them to life. They kinda sit in my journals like kids waiting for their mum to get them from school. Clumsy poems sorta. That’s why working with Nik Brinkman is so thrilling because it’s like he has this secret garden of music in him that he’s kind enough to share with me! We make a good team.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    As far as gigging goes – nothing planned at this stage! I think I’d like to solidify my repertoire first before I dove into performing live. Singing in front of a crowd feels good to me though. Like ribbons coming from my chest. And sun out my belly. I do have so much to learn though. I’m so excited to see where music carries me.


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    The Eighth Note: The Wake Up

    15.05.19 | 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.

    The Wake Up are a Palmerston North based 3-piece band comprised of Laura (Vocals), Chris (Guitar, Backing Vocals & Aux Percussion) & Caleb (Drums, Backing Vocals). While the other two are from PN, guitarist Chris is from Wellington & works out at the Hutt City Rockshop. The band have just released a new single Counting Sheep. Previous single Pretty Little Caption came out in April with some good press, and they have more new music on the way. We caught up with Chris and Caleb for a chat.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    We are a female fronted, high energy, 3 piece alt. pop rock band called ‘The Wake Up’. Based up in Palmerston North but Chris treks his way up since he lives/works in the Hutt. Laura on Vocals, Chris on guitar, Caleb on the Drums/BVs.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    We are releasing a new track every month & working on an EP which will be available this winter.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    We are on Facebook & Instagram but you can find our music on the usual Spotify, iTunes and Youtube.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Paramore – RIOT!
    Fall Out Boy – Infinity On High
    The Rocket Summer – Life Will Write The Words

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    Lucifer Gunne, Curly’s Jewels, We’ve seen and heard some good things from those guys!

    What ’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    Caleb and I (Chris) have both played in several wellington venues in our previous bands, but we haven’t yet played in wellington with Laura in The Wake Up.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band ’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    I (Caleb) normally start with the lyrics first and melody tends to happen at the same time – over the years I’ve become quite proficient at the 3 chord Pop song structures so generally I will just whack a couple of chords underneath with a rhythm I make up in my head and Bob’s your Uncle. Chris adds the “sprinkles” – once he’s figured the madness that is my sense of time and rhythm with chord changes and pauses etc and then we create a demo of the track with hilariously tuned vocals for Laura to listen to so she can sing her sweet vocals on it.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Nothing scheduled at the moment. We hope to make it down to Welly at some point. Check our FB page for updates!


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    The Eighth Note: Elliot Vaughan

    03.05.19 | 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. Today we interview performer and composer Elliot Vaughan.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    My name is Elliot Vaughan. I am a composer, viola player, and performance artist apparently. Before moving back to Wellington I had a collaborative musical career in Vancouver which encompassed a lot of music for dance, experimental theatre, arrangements for pop records and having my own art-pop acts The End Tree and Iffy South. The last year in Wellington I have been really interested in the multi-sensory concert: writing music to look or smell a particular way, to be a particular temperature, to be tactile, alongside the sound of it. Sometimes this kind of thing can seem academic, but it is also important to me to always make something pleasurable for the players and audience.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    Right now I am doing string arrangements for Martin Reisle, a phenomenal Vancouver artist I have worked closely with for years. He has been sitting on some beautiful, unusual songs for a while, and the timing is finally right to make an EP. I am also putting together a one-night show called Minter with Antonia Barnett-McIntosh and Marcus Jackson at play station gallery on May the 4th. I am looking at May 4th deaths, events and billboard charts. Informed by this, the plan is to make a handful of absurd, imagistic vignettes that move through the space.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Find some pop music here:
    swarmofinfants.bandcamp.com
    iffysouth.bandcamp.com
    theendtree.bandcamp.com
    And one day my personal Website might one day reflect what I am doing.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Lodger by David Bowie.
    Third by Portishead.
    The Bartók string quartets were a revelation.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    I want to do string arrangements for everyone’s records. Everyone’s.

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    In January I did a large show in the Adam Art Gallery. We did ‘performed installations’ throughout the three levels, then a ‘staged concert’ in the long, narrow gallery of the bottom level. The unique space really informed the music. They are rarely able to accommodate an involved concert like that, so we were really fortunate to do that. Otherwise, I am really excited about intimate house shows.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    These days I need an instrument in my hand. It’s not that I have to hear it, it is that I have to feel it when I squeeze, rub, swing it. I’ll spend hours playing about, making a vocabulary of interactions with the instrument. Concurrently I will be thinking hard on concepts and structuring principles. Normally I do a first draft, get stuck, and ten years later accept that it is in fact finished.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Minter, May 4th at play_station gallery, with Antonia Barnett-McIntosh and Marcus Jackson. Come.


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    The Eighth Note: Mavericks

    24.04.19 | 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.

    Today’s guests are a dance rock trio, Mavericks.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    We are Mavericks, a dance rock trio from Wellington city! We use drums, synthesizers and guitars to play music that makes you want to jump around

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    We have just released our debut EP! (self titled) We are now playing shows and working on new material

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    ‘Mavericks NZ’ on Spotify/YouTube for music, Facebook/Instagram for antics + other news.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Captain: Muse – Origin of Symmetry
    Krash: Nirvana – Nevermind
    Nate: Led Zeppelin 1

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    We are currently doing stuff with ELK (we live together). We are pretty open to collabs, we all play in different bands and it just feels a lot like jamming with your mates

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    It has to be Valhalla! Ben and Spence have worked with us since the beginning and it’s always a great time playing there

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    Most of our songs stem from simple riff ideas. We find it really easy to improvise together and come up with stuff on the fly so a lot of our songs start from jams. We all have equal input into the composition, Captain usually writes the lyrics

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Our next gig is on April 25th at Valhalla!


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    The Eighth Note: X/VAYZ

    13.04.19 | 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.

    Today’s guest is Dom, who makes music under the moniker X/VAYZ.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    X/VAYZ is a concept I’ve been using since 2014 to describe when I create music that I’d never heard anything similar to. To give it a genre, It’s dreamy singer-songwriter. To give it my own description, it’s dedication to seeking out the most beautiful secret sounds I can possibly be inspired by, and pushing them through the filter of my life into guitar-based ambient soundscapes, tiny glittering details, and lyrics about connection, loneliness, nature, and a surprising amount of lyrics are about times I met dogs; If you really listen to the lyrics they’re mostly about dogs.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    Over the last 6 months I’ve written almost too many songs to deal with, and I’m gigging a lot of them currently, as a way of refining which ones go onto the album, which is coming this Winter, in June. I want to come out with something that is definitively and purely X/VAYZ, and makes a statement that beauty is most powerful in times of pain, and vulnerability to both makes your heart more full of good wobbles. X/VAYZ’s album is going to be the place where you’re encouraged to reflect and access those feelings.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Spotify. Youtube. Apple Music. Bandcamp. All the streamings. Even Deezer, apparently? Whatever that is. My debut EP, Tangelight, is an ambient instrumental guitar album, and was released earlier this year, independently. at the end of this month, I’m teaming up with Numbskull Records to put out a limited run of 50 tapes later this month, and they’ll have an unheard, never to re-released bonus track. Fo da fans. So look out for opportunities to get that. But if you want to hear the REALLY buzzy stuff that doesn’t go onto the albums or the live shows, Soundcloud is where I upload the most creative and unique stuff I come up with.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Bob Dylan – [anything before 1970]
    Penguin Cafe Orchestra – When in Rome
    GodSpeed You! Black Emperor – Lift Yr Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
    I could talk for hours about each entry in this list but you gotta catch me in real life for that yarn.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    Motte. Any day. I’ve only seen them perform once and it completely broke my brain with beauty. We both incorporate looping as a musical tactic, so I just think that would be great in a live context. Also, YOUNG GHO$T! We live in very different worlds of music. I’m all about quiet vulnerability, and he’s a gritty grime rapper. But I love trying to put impossible things together.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band ’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    Tangelight, my last EP was created in a very Jazz way. It was completely recorded in one improvised take, and edited down. The tunes were based off of ideas we’d already turned into other songs, but then those recordings were so powerful to me that they became the recorded versions. I still play those songs live and they have lyrics now. But my usual process is different. I’m never not jamming. It’s hard to keep me and the guitar separate. I’m constantly improvising and trying to make the nicest possible music for my flatmates, and a lot of it comes from there. The songs you hear in X/VAYZ most commonly come from a large intake of substances – I’ll take a long walk deep into a forest or walk to Island Bay and play guitar at red rocks for a few hours. That’s what I mean by substances, you know. Trees, the ocean, the birds – inspiration from of the material things I see around me. I seek out the most beautiful places I can find, until I’m lost there, and spend a few hours just being overwhelmed by the world, and usually I find a couple of riffs there that I like so much they evolve into songs (after many hours and days of just working away at it).

    What ’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    There’s the forest at the top of Holloway. I always go there to play by myself, or take friends there to jam, and I’m planning on hosting a massive nature gig out there, or maybe another forest. I have to get permission from the fine folks at Wellington City Council before I put on a forest gig, but in terms of venues that are buildings:
    Valhalla. I’m plotting to do a headline gig there soon. The sound there is so good it’s unparalleled, it’s easy to get to, Ben and the others who work there are consistently the goodest cats out there.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    MOON1. 13th April. In one weeks time. PLAINES, MISS CRESSIDA, and X/VAYZ. $10. Doors at 8:30. This one already feels like it’s gonna be a special one, so come through.


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    The Eighth Note: Happy Valley

    05.04.19 | 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.

    Today’s guest is Jack from new band Happy Valley WGTN, who released their debut E.P in February.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    We’re Happy Valley (Jack,Isaac,Hamish and Dan) and we’re a screamo/post-hardcore band that have been together since partway through 2018. We recently released our first EP a few weeks back, and if you’re looking for a quick description we play quite melodic but aggressive music in a similar vein to bands like Funeral Diner.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    We’ve been working on 2/3 new songs recently, not too sure what shape they will take up when they come out at this stage – could be anything really! Is a bit slow going cause our bass player lives up the North Island at the moment, but keeping writing going by distance is working. Keep an eye out, we’ll definitely be releasing more.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    You can find us on Spotify, Facebook and Bandcamp. Facebook is probably best for updates, but no so good for the actual music so take your pick really.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    For me (Jack), I found all the most influential bands to me nowadays in high school.
    If I had to pick three for influence (really damn hard) I would have to say Streetlight Manifesto – Everything Goes Numb (third-wave ska), Funeral Diner – The Underdark (screamo) and Maudlin of the Well – Bath (avant-garde metal). Each of these albums were pretty game changing for me when I found them, despite two of them not sounding anything like our music as a band.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    It would be cool to do something with our friends in ColdxWar sometime and we really like Stress too. Doing a split is something we’ve definitely thought about so who knows what the future holds really!

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    We’ve only played Valhalla and a house show thus far, so as a band our choices are a little slim to this point. Both were really awesome to play, and Valhalla really is the home of heavy music here so for the legit venues would have to say there.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    For our first release I (Jack) wrote almost all of the guitar before we got everyone together, but we then refined all the songs together as a band. This is changing with our new stuff though, as me and Isaac have been working a lot together on the music this time – then bringing it to Hamish and Dan to go from there.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    We have something in the works for June, keep your eyes posted for that! Hard at the moment because Isaac is away – but we’re hoping to get some more shows organised soon, as we are super keen to play a bunch. If you have any shows coming up a little bit out hit us up!


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    The Eighth Note: Khailana Kendrick Music

    27.03.19 | 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.

    Today’s guest is Khailana Kendrick Music, who are actually a duo consisting of Khailana & Michael Sutherland, who have just released their debut E.P.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    We are a Wellington based duo who independently write, record and produce psychedelic fantasy inspired music.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    We’ve just released a 4 song EP called Twisted Roots, and are working on taking what we’ve done another step further with an even more ambitious full length album.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Spotify, Bandcamp and iTunes.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Khailana: Push the Sky Away (Nick Cave), Rumours (Fleetwood Mac), All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend (Aurora)
    Michael: Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd), Axis Bold as Love (Jimi Hendrix), Led Zeppelin IV (Led Zeppelin)

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    Heaps of our friends are amazing musicians but if we’d have to narrow it down we’d say The Nudge, Trinity Roots and Model Motel.

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    Our favourite so far was playing on a boat in Wellington harbour.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    We often help each other with pre-written songs but sometimes we like to go into the studio without a plan and tame wild ideas from the ether, often wine is involved. We love using unorthodox recording techniques, found sounds and trying something new every time we’re in the studio.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    We’ve been recording as a duo but are setting up a small line-up to play some shows out of town to spread the word!


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