theaussieword.com catches up with Aussie group The Winter Gypsy.
Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music? When I started playing guitar, I was very much already influenced by indie/rock music. Listening to Bloc Party, Two Door Cinema Club, Arctic Monkeys, Bombay Bicycle Club, Kings Of Leon; however I grew up listening to Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters and John Mayer, (John Mayer’s music was heavily influenced on me by my sister).
My sister was actually the guitarist in the family; I was the sportsman in the family. I was always out every day doing something active. In 2009, I got injured skateboarding and couldn’t do anything for a long period of time. I was bored out of my mind, and at the same time my sister had just quit playing guitar. I asked her if she could teach me a couple tunes to get me started.
I was playing guitar on and off until 2011, when indie music had completely taken over me and I decided to fully focus on the direction of music I wanted to venture into. This was the year I actually started to really focus on my singing. I ventured into artists/bands such as, Bon Iver, The Middle East, The Paper Kites, Sigur Ros, Jack Johnson, John Butler, Elliot Smith, Jeff Buckley, Death Cab For Cutie. These are the artists that truly inspired me to write the music I write today.
I’m a complete self taught guitarist and singer; meaning, I’ve never learnt any chords or notes. It’s not like I don’t ever want to learn; I just haven’t ventured into it yet. So to call me a ‘musician’, I’m not entirely sure that would be the right word for me. Not yet anyway. As stupid as it sounds, I just really enjoy the excitement of having 0 knowledge; there are no rules involved when I play and it gives me the creativity I need to form the sounds that I truly desire. Songwriting is definitely an awesome process for me.
What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music? My band members, Max, Dave, Isaac, Sean and Jonny. They’re my biggest influences by far.
What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist? Turn music into my job and to keep producing music for the rest of my life.
Success, what is the secret to it? As Cliche as it sounds, the secret is to do what you love. That in itself, is success.
What has been your biggest career highlight so far? Getting played on national radio and national Tv. Shout out to Triple J and Rage Tv.
Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring? Bon Iver. Watching this man evolve in all of his music endevours is so fascinating to me. Justin Vernon is one worth following.
The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now? Hopefully recording an album, possibly touring around Europe and enjoying our love for music!
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 are so new to the industry, since we’ve only been a band for literally one year. Majority of positive promotions have come from social media. We don’t actually use anything else. Just Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Triple J Unearthed. It’s the only way people know what we’re up to, and we have to constantly keep the pages updated so people don’t lose interest. It’s a hassle, but we all have to go through it when we start something new I suppose.
Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists. Holy Holy, Gang Of Youths, The Paper Kites, The Middle East, Tame Impala, Little May, Last Dinosaurs.
What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour? We are touring the east coast in August/September, covering Melbroune, Adelaide, Sydney and Canberra! Tour dates are located on our facebook page here: www.facebook.com/thewintergypsy
Tell us a bit about your latest record, how would you best describe your music? Our first and latest record, ‘Page I’, really shows the diversity of music that personally influence each member in the band. We’re all into different genres of music in terms of inspriration; and that’s why you get a range of different sounds and dynamics coming from each song. All six tracks are so individual.
We’re mostly an Indie Folk/Aternative band. Sounds that could describe us would probably be, Ambient, Eerie, Driving, soothing. Our main influences are, The Middle East, Bon Iver, Sigur Ros, The Paper Kites, Bombay Bicycle Club. There are more to name, but these are just a handfull of artists that influence us.
Do you have any new projects in the pipeline? Not at this stage; just going to keep gigging and writing!
Thanks for the interview! What final message do you have for us today? My bassist, Isaac, is a full blown hippie and we now have a baby Kangaroo living with us; that he’ll probably raise. I have no idea. He’s named him, Dwayne ‘The Roo’ Johnson. Everyone, get yourselves a kangaroo. Cheers.