Special Interview: Tales In Space

theaussieword.com’s special interview with Tales In Space.

What can you tell our readers about you? How and where did it all begin?
It all began a few years ago in the slums of a little Colombian town called Palomino. We wound up caught in the middle of an illegal coffee smuggling bust. Bullets were flying everywhere. We grabbed the stash and fled back to our hotel room and hid under the bed. We stayed under there for the next six months and wrote our first EP.

What had you first interested in music?
My mum and dad. I’ve always played music, ever since i was a tiny kid. My father came from Austria and had always played guitar in traditional German style bands over there. My mother is also a really great singer and growing up they’d often play and sing together.

Who motivates or influences your quest to make great music?
Anyone who i think is making great music is my influence. It changes all the time because i’ll hear new, amazing music being made almost every day. Another motivation for making music is the fact that it’s fun as shit and i can’t think of any better way to let your artist out….. except perhaps interpretive dance to poetry….. that’s probably better.

Do you have any planned tours coming up?
Yep, sure do. We’ll be touring all throughout March. The tour will be multi band, co-headline tour called ‘Mi Casa Su Casa’ and we’ll be playing alongside the likes of Yeo, The Pierce Brothers, Stillwater Giants, Blonde on Blonde and Gena Rose Bruce.

Mi Casa Su Casa Tour
7th Alhambra lounge – Brisbane
8th Solbar – Maroochydore
9th The Brewery – Byron Bay
14th Ding Dong Lounge – Melbourne
15th Torquay Hotel – Torquay
27th Brass Monkey – Cronulla
29th Upstairs Beresford – Sydney
30th Small Ballroom – Newcastle

What are some of your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?
I’d like to get so big that every rider will contain a six pack of Woodstock Bourbons and sandwiches cut into tiny triangles (crust off). Also I’d really like to perform on the morning show in front of Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies. They’re both heroes of mine and I’d try my best to not be awkward.

What can fans expect from you in the coming months?
They can expect us to be playing lot’s of shows promoting our latest single ‘All Messed Up’ and then releasing our debut album shortly after. It’s an exciting time to be a ‘Tales’ fan! I wish I was lucky enough to be one. Unfortunately it’s a super exclusive club that consists only of my mum, uncle Barry, Sharon from the fish n chip shop and Juan Carlos, who we met in Colombia.

Success, what is the secret to it and what has been your biggest career highlight so far?
I truly believe that the secret to success is to begin with reality tv at the age of 9, develop a severe drug habit by 13, and be married and divorced with at least one child by 20. This will set you up for a long and illustrious career in pretty much whatever you decide to do. Whoever said “Practice makes perfect” or “Stick to your guns” is a nerd and a loser.

As far as highlights go, my biggest to date would have to be watching our drummer Bart turn into a writhing mess, like some kind of uncomfortable octopus as he has no choice but to accept his own fate and prepare for death every time we board a flight. Needless to say he is not a good flyer and it definitely makes my flights less mundane.

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?
Bands like Dappled Cities and Bluejuice really inspire me because they’ve smashed it for so long now and to be able to stick it out and continuously write great tunes for that amount of time is a real credit to them.

How would you best describe you and your music to your fans?
It’s like somebody popping a bottle of Champaign right in your face and then pouring the rest of it down your pants.

What can you tell us about your latest album?
Our new (yet to be released) album is amazing. We’ve been building it for a few a few years and we love it. Can’t wait for everyone to hear it. It’ll be released mid this year and hopefully it’ll be better than the collaboration Christmas album we released last year with Nicky Webster “Silent Night, Holy Webster, feat Tales in Space”

Are there any new exciting projects in the works?
Yes, we’ve started a another band. It’s a 3 piece grungy punk outfit called Cock Pictures and it features all of the members of Tales in Space.

The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?
Hopefully sitting on a pile of money sipping cognac.

Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists.
Regurgitator, Art vs Science, Bag Raiders, Briscoe, Rufus, Little Fox, Dappled Cities, Yeo

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?
Social media is obviously a very important tool for self promotion. The music game in oz is a really tough nut to crack with very few avenues to take to be able to get your music heard by a decent number of people, so social media can be a great way to make your music available locally as well as far and wide beyond Australia. Sorry, not sure if I totally answered that question but i’m sticking to my answer.

Thank you for the interview! What can you leave fans of theaussieword.com with here today? “Enjoy yourself and try not to be a dickhead all the time”

Twitter: @talesinspace

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