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NZMM: Favourite Wellington Music Moment – Beat Rhythm Fashion

For NZ Music Month the last couple of years, we asked bands/artists for a favourite memory of making music in Wellington.

It could involve a favourite gig, a funny story from the recording studio, a moment that led to the inspiration for a song, the fond recollection of a defunct venue, or the piece of music or lyric that they were most proud of creating.

We really enjoyed the stories people told us, so we are doing it again this year.

Next up is Nino from legendary 80’s post-punk band Beat Rhythm Fashion, who recently reformed after 35 years for a new album, Tenterhook, and tour.

… back in 81 when we were recording Turn of the Century for Bunk Records/Mike Alexander at Marmalade Studios. We had laid down the gat, bass and drums and we were deliberating on how to get the sound texture we wanted for the vocal. We wanted a sort of haunting echo/verb atmosphere in the vocal delivery and we liked the idea of getting this from surroundings and not an effects rack…so we ended up doing the vocal in the building’s concrete stairwell… cant remember who thought of it …maybe Michael mentioned they were there…or we had slipped out there a few times for a smoke and noticed the sweet reverb in there ha ha. Anyway the engineer had a chuckle and then thought ok..what the hell…so he ran a dam long mic lead and headphones extension down the hall and out a couple of doors and Dan sang the tune in a grey concrete ‘brutalist’ looking stairwell …the chamber was effect perfect;)…

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