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The Eighth Note: Nick Veale

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 Nick Veale.

Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
I am Nick Veale, a composer, producer, sound-designer, and performer based in Wellington. I am far too in love with music to fit into a single genre box, so as a creator I have come to accept my eclectic approach to music making, and as a result make anything that interests me. This ranges from intense experimental electronic jazz, to indie-pop, to EDM, to choral arrangements, and whatever else I am into at the time. It is a pandoras box of chaos and creativity every time I sit down in my studio, and I love it.

What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
With the lockdown period came the time to reflect on the tracks which have been building up over the past 2 odd years. After handpicking, polishing, and collating my favourites, they naturally fell into a few too many categories to be considered a single project, and as a result, I organised them in an indie-pop-rock EP, an EDM album, a Jazz Electronic Fusion album, and an ambient experimental texture album. They are currently being released slowly (in that order) with the second released in May.

Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
You can follow me on Facebook at Nick Veale Music, and on Instagram. My music is available on almost every platform, Spotify is my favourite, so follow me there by searching for Nick Veale!

What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
Here are the first 3 that come to mind:
Bombay Bicycle Club – I had the Blues, but I Shook them Loose
Mastodon – Crack the Skye
Deadmau5 – For Lack of a Better Name

Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
So many! The local musicianship in Wellington is massive and inspiring to be around. To name a few …
Sheeps, Opium Eater, Tuscoma, Name UL, Hans Pucket.

What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
Cuba Dupa if it counts as a venue!

In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
This is such a difficult question to answer, as it varies from song to song and track to track. Sometimes I’ll begin an idea and then wrestle with that idea for months. Sometimes, I begin an idea and the track is finished in a few hours. One way isn’t necessarily better than the other, and the only constant is that the relationship with each idea is always different.

Where/when is your next gig?
No gigs planned at this stage.


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