THIS YEAR OUR "MUSICIAN INTERVIEWS" BRING YOU A UNIQUE INSIGHT INTO THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE 2016 PROGRAMME.
Interviews by Renee Tanner. Photography by Sarah Allen.
HAVE YOU PLAYED IN TITIRANGI BEFORE?
I have played at two Go West Writers Festivals a few years back and enjoyed them. Both were solo shows involving talking about songwriting and performing new material. So I’m looking forward to playing with a full band this time.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT PLAYING AT A COMMUNITY VENUE SUCH AS TITIRANGI WAR MEMORIAL HALL?
I always think about what life is lived in community halls. They have a great feel to them which I love. The tea urns, the rolls and pies, tidy kitchens and stacks of chairs - not to forget the memorial aspects too and most of all, the locals.
WHICH SONG OF YOURS WOULD YOU CONSIDER TO EVOKE THE WESTIE SPIRIT THE MOST?
That’s a tough one. I’ve always loved playing ‘Blindman’s Bend’ off ‘The Islander’.
I wrote that one driving out to Te Henga and Kare Kare. You get a lot of thinking done driving and I get very inspired winding my way out there, knowing that the vista is going to hit me just as powerfully as the first time around. Any artist will tell you that your spirit is awakened out there. It’s magical.
DO YOU CREATE A SET LIST TO MATCH A PARTICULAR CROWD?
I do work on the set and change it to suit where we are. It’s a natural process and can change on the day.
IF YOU WERE TO DEDICATE A SONG TO AUCKLAND’S WEST COAST, WHICH ONE WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
It would be ‘It Dawned On Me’ off the ‘Twist’ album. I’d spent a lot of time writing at Te Henga (Bethells Beach) and that song was so cathartic for me. It almost wrote itself. I’m in love with those sunsets and after ten years in Sydney they represented my home coming.
WHAT OTHER EVENTS IN THE FESTIVAL WOULD YOU LIKE TO ATTEND?
The new art gallery at Lopdell House sounds great, so will check that out. Also, I believe we’re in for some street performers. It all looks like great fun.
WE’RE ALL LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR NEW ALBUM COMING OUT. CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT IT?
Yes, it’s called ‘Harmony House’ and it’s out on March 11th on CD and on-line, Produced by Sam Flynn Scott and Luke Buda of Phoenix Foundation. The vinyl release is April 16.
It’s produced by Sam Scott and Luke Buda from The Phoenix Foundation and I’m really proud of them for making it sound so good. Clever lads. The album has two halves really - the first containing hooky pop tunes and (hopefully) sing-alongs.
The second half has a darker more melancholic feel. The record spans 11 songs (12 on the LP) and I’m happy that the tracks are concise and memorable.
It was a collaborative recording process too. We worked a lot at the Phoenix’s Car Club studio in Newtown, Wellington, and at my Red Trolley studio in Grey Lynn. We mixed it at Dr. Lee Prebble’s Surgery in Newtown and mastering was at Metropolis Studios in London.
I’d love to make another album with Sam and Luke. We get on like a house on fire.
WITH SUPPORTING ACT HOPETOUN BROWN
- Saturday, April 9, 2016
- Titirangi War Memorial Hall
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