Interview by Stuart Blythe
We caught up with AREA-7 Keyboardist DJ to chat about Soundwave Festival 2015, touring and the year ahead.
You’re playing at Soundwave 2015. What are you most looking forward to about the festival?
Oh that’s easy… touring, playing on huge stages, seeing other acts. playing to people who have never seen us and hoping to give our regular fans a highlight festival show.
What’s your favourite/least favourite festival experience?
Only ‘least favourite’ I can think of is not playing more festivals! Favourite’s are Main stage St Kilda Festival, sun setting over the beach as a backdrop and a sea of thousands’n’thousands of people out front. Also, as last band on at Warped tour on the Gold Coast, it’s pissing down and the show is running behind, they’ve gotta get everything to the next show so the crew are packing the stage up around us. We’re getting rained on, most of the stage was down before we finished and ran straight in to the bus to the next show.
Have you got any pre-show routines/superstitions?
Only to get changed. All the band does this.
What other bands are you excited about touring around Australia and sharing the stage with?
Generally within the band are looking forward to The Interrupters, The Aquabats, The Bennies, Ministry, Steel Panther, Atrevu, Millencolin and I’m sure being so many acts there’s gonna be plenty of surprises and lots I haven’t listed.
What is the most important thing you bring when you’re on tour?
Ha, that’s have to be Instruments. surely!
Does the band have anything special planned for Soundwave 2015 in particular?
Lets sees what happens..
What does the band have planned for the rest of the year after Soundwave 2015 finishes up?
No concrete plans, there’s been a couple of things spoken about but the future is unwritten.
Is there anything you would like to say to your fan base ahead of the tour?
We’ll be looking out for you…
—– Quick Questions —–
:: What track changed your life ::
Freedom of Choice – Devo. Heard and saw the clip at the same time. The first actual video I’d seen of Devo and the first video of skateboarding too.
:: Biggest influence ::
Artists & music that has questioned while entertaining… raising issues and subjects like, thinking for yourself, equality, indigenous matters, corporate greed, environment etc. Some artists do this deadly seriously, some with with less of a hit between the eyes approach.
:: Name a band or artist we should checkout ::
Checkout all sorts of artists & bands. Soak it all up from the now and keep going way back into the past, it’s all connected, follow the music passion. Think broader than an immediate circle of bands. If you want me to give a name I’ll say The Cramps, they’ll ya how rock’n’roll aint meant to be nice and teach you about all sorts of weird stuff!
:: Favourite Quote ::
This one’s about hypocrisy – “He who F@%#’s nun’s will later join the church”
:: Three words to describe the last few years ::
1. Twothousandandthirteen 2. forteen 3. fifteen..
:: Three words to describe the year ahead ::
Exciting times ahead!
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