theaussieword.com interview with We All Want To.
Give us an introduction. How did it all begin? What had you first interested in music?
I grew up in England, I was a kid after the Beatles split, and when punk came in I was just wildly impressionable. It was an exciting time, there was great music all around me, on the radio and the tv, friends were all discovering and sharing different new bands, and my Mum took me to marches and protests where I saw a lot of political music of the time.
What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music?
On the one hand I’m a fan, music still totally turns me on and lifts me out of the humdrum elements of existence, it excites me and inspires me in itself. And on the other hand it’s a challenge, always to be striving to improve songwriting and performing; and to a lesser extent singing and playing guitar.
What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?
Just to keep doing it and have a huge body of work.
What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour?
WE ALL WANT TO are touring our new album THE HAZE. It’s pretty exciting – we have new songs we haven’t played live before, and we have a new line-up in the band. These things together make for a bit of a volatile experience, in all the right ways. Everyone’s on high alert, and feeling pretty keyed up. We can’t wait to get out and play actually.
Tell us a bit about your latest album and how would you best describe your music?
It’s a rock album, with a lot of fairly traditional – for us – structures etc. The songs are shorter than our last album, where the songs were all 5 mins plus. Our aim with the songs and the music was to have them multi – layered, with catchy riffs and strong melodies, coupled with deeper themes and trying to portray some meaningful ideas for people to come back to and identify with.
Success, what is the secret to it?
Being happy with what you do, being satisfied with your creative output and having a good channel through which to do it. Making a living would be awesome too, it’s another type of success.
What has been your biggest career highlight?
Too many to mention, but playing in different countries is always a buzz, it pulls the band together really tight. Recording is often fun too, when the creative juices start really flowing. Nailing a big show, having unexpected things happen onstage and off, they all become memorable occasions..
Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?
Hm, good Q. I can’t really identify anyone individually, because I’d have to name 1000 people. But you know, the hangers-in-there, they dudes who just fuckin keep pumping out great shit: Yo La Tengo, low, Billy Bragg, Paul Westerberg, Dylan, You Am I, Dennis Lyxen, there are so many of them!
Any new projects in the pipeline?
Nah we have to get this one behind us first.
The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?
Ha! In our niche. We get up in the morning and continue the work of carving it out. All 5 of us. We’re carving a niche big enough for us all to live in for a few years to come.
Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists.
Tim Rogers, Halfway, Tom Morgan, Dead Farmers, Peep Tempel, Jamie Hutchings, Ben Salter, Drones, Nick Cave.
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?
The industry as a whole. I don’t even know what it is any more. We pay to record and manufacture our own records and cds, then we sell them to people via the internet and at gigs. I think the industry has become a lot more grass roots, which is good. More of an even playing field. But then there’s the whole “top 40” side of the industry, mainstream radio, tv, club music, etc. etc. I have nothing to do with it, I don’t listen to it, I don’t own a tv, I don’t ever hear top 40 music. Which is kinda cool.
Thanks for the interview! What final message do you have for us today?
Thanks to you too. My message: Listen to the Replacements.
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