What can you tell our readers about you? How and where did it all begin?
Our Australian origins have different beginnings for each different member. Nicholas settled here during secondary education, wafting over from the battlegrounds of the most prestigious schools in Cape Town, retaining his accent like the Soutie he is. Fab and Hughs’ roots grafted with sunburnt soil when Australia enjoyed the garlicky smells of the waves of Mediterranean immigration. Half of Rob also made this entree, the other half stuck to the bottom of a Scotsman boot. With Chris, finally the East has joined forces. The mix, bringing the faux Australian West it’s true Pacific thunder.
What had you first interested in music?
Passed down through the generations. From father(s) and mother(s) to son(s).
Who motivates or influences your quest to make great music?
We motivate each other to put together the best music we can. We have a writing process that is extremely collaborative, where everyone bounces alterations of each other; consolidating our egos into one symbiotic mass so we can simultaneously fashion ideas into fully formed songs. Our influences are drawn from 70’s rock stuff like Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd & Funkadelic through to more recent pop like Kate Bush, Kendrick Lamar & Dave Matthews.
Do you have any planned tours coming up?
We’re in the process of locking down some dates at the moment. The plan is to play 60 shows before we go back into the studio next year.
What are some of your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?
To touch somebody; absolutely anyone.
What can fans expect from you in the coming months?
We have a launch for our debut EP, “Eukaria” coming up at The Evelyn Hotel, August 14, 2014.
Success, what is the secret to it and what has been your biggest career highlight so far?
Only Tony Robbins knows the answer to that question. I think it’s contained somewhere in his gigantic hands.
Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?
Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus for their selfless uncompromising assault on our children.
How would you best describe you and your music to your fans?
Progressive Stoner Soul.
What can you tell us about your latest album?
It’s a collection of four songs recorded by Dave Williams of Tigermoth Audio in the Dandenongs at the palace Garret (sometimes known as The Patch Mansion). The songs work together as a whole to create the world that is Eukaria. Analogous but separate life forms; punchy, progressive and poppy.
Are there any new exciting projects in the works?
The recording of the next HAA instalment next year and a few super secret collaborations with a diverse array of artists even we or they aren’t expecting.
The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?
As you said the industry is huge (way huge) so the only sensible thing to do is to buckle down and work harder than anybody else from now until a few years from now. And then beyond!!!!!!
Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists.
Hiatus Kayote, Kirkis, The John Steele Singers, Midnight Juggernauts, Purple Tusks, Gnaire, Lester the Fierce, Dorsal Fins, Shelley Segal, Steve Magnussen, Redcoats, Lamarama, Xenograft, Umlaut, The Presets, 8 Bit Love, Chet Faker… and the list goes on.
The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye?
We’ll I’d describe it as a constant fluctuation between the elliptical and hyperbolic conic sections of a graph that plots a correlation between the amount of social media undertaken against the amount of counselling required by the artist/musician’s staff. Surprisingly the results are looking good.
Thank you for the interview! What can you leave fans of theaussieword.com with here today?
Only empty words and false promises. Plus kisses. Thank you too.