Special Interview: Parlement

Parlement have an exclusive chat with theaussieword.com.
Give us an introduction. How did it all begin? What had you first interested in music? Hi! We were all interested in music from a very early age. I remember buying (Or asking for my mum to buy for me) my first albums and singles at the age of 4-5, The Who, The Police, …

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music? That drive of making something that will stand the test of time. Good music that will be listened to in 20 years time, regardless if you know who we are or not.
What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist? Well, what we answered in the previous question. Making songs and hopefully some albums that will be good enough so people will really listen to it, today and tomorrow.

What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour? We would love to tour all the time, it’s the only thing we want to do really, play live. That’s what you make music for in the end, to play it in front of people, and see the energy it produces.

Tell us a bit about your latest album and how would you best describe your music? Our music is a mix of a lot of different influences,… One journalist described it as classic UK compositions driven by very American type of guitar playing 🙂 🙂  We aim to make a pure rock and roll album, because that’s what we really are, a rock and roll band.

Success, what is the secret to it? We don’t believe that there is a secret to it. It’s hard work, being persistent, and hard work…. And a lot of hard work as well hahaha, …. But in the end, if you do in life what you’re passionate about, then the work is not really work, it’s more enjoying life and living your life to the fullest. And that’s the only path to follow. 

What has been your biggest career highlight? That we are working together now with people that worked with bands like Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, we find that pretty cool…

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring? There is a lot of people that are very inspiring to us, …. Dave Grohl, Noel Gallagher, Liam of course, Johnny Marr, PJ Harvey, Josh Holme, Neil Young, …. 

Any new projects in the pipeline? We all have side projects that we work on, other bands,…. We all think that a day should have at least 36 hours instead of 24, because we don’t get to do everything we want to, ….

The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now? We can only hope that we, in a couple of years time, can look back at having made one or two very good albums, that we can be proud of, … and then where that will get us within the industry, … well no idea, but that is not something that concerns us. Being proud of what we do, that’s the only thing we want to achieve.

Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists. The Vines is our favourite Australian band, and Wolfmother …. 

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? Wow, that’s a difficult question, …. It’s all a bit out of control,…. The industry tried to get the prices up when the CD came about, filling it with b sides, and obliging artists to make 15 song albums, and that was wrong. I remember in the early nineties CDs costing all the sudden between 15 and 20 dollars, … ridiculous, … In the meantime the internet rised up and music little by little became easy to get… for free. And between spending 20 dollars per album or getting it all for free, …Also wrong, but I think it was the normal reaction of the people, you can not fool people, …. The industry never really got an answer to that, and in the meantime several generations have passed, that don’t know and don’t believe in buying music anymore,…. That has to change a little,…. Maybe the Spotify model can be the answer, although the artists should get a little bit more than what they are getting from it now…. An artist gets like less than half a cent per play,…. That means that 250 plays get you 1 euro, and that’s gross, …. That’s not enough for the young starting bands that get only a couple of thousands of plays per song, if even …. 

Thanks for the interview! What final message do you have for us today? Live your passion, don’t do stuff just for money, it will only make you sad and frustrated.

Twitter: @parlement_music

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