Artist Interview with Josh

 

Here is the next artist interview, this time with Josh Earl - production assistant and camera on the new music video for what you want (doesn't exist)

what are some of the creative artforms and projects you are involved with?

Well for a very long time I've been a juggler and fire twirler and have travelled around a lot with my partner meeting people and performing world-wide. For a number of years we ran a festival in the Adelaide Hills called Common Ground that attracted jugglers and fire twirlers from all over Australia (and sometimes even from overseas). It was awesome but when we decided to have a baby, we had to let it go to give us a bit of space in our lives. Last year we worked in a team to produce a Blues and Roots festival called Common Roots which was also very successful. Musically I play bass and drums, although my skills are pretty low level :)

what was it like working on the video shoot for WHat you want (Doesn't exist) and can you tell us a bit about the filmmaking process?

Working on this shoot was great fun although having although having our star living interstate certainly made planning shoots a bit trickier! Simon seemed to have the aesthetics of what he was looking for pretty well sorted in his mind, and through dialog we worked up a bit of a narrative. Once we had worked through the narrative a bit, we spent a day wandering around the West end of Adelaide CBD taking a lot of photos and scoping out possible places to shoot. It took a while but we eventually decided on most of the spots for the outdoor shooting. Simon also contacted The Reading Room and secured it on a Sunday morning (I think) for the Piñata sequence. Eventually we shot all the outdoor and Piñata material in one epic day of shooting. Unfortunately we didn't get time to shoot all the material we needed for the Artists Lair/cut up preparation sequences, so we had to wait a while until we could go out and visit Simon's parents farm and shoot the last bits there. I'm glad we didn't rush it though, I think the result was worth it.  

what kind of camera did you use for filming?

We used Sony gear and for most locations we shot on two cameras at the same time to give us a bit of flexibility in the edit. Usually we had both the HVR-Z1 and the HDR HC9 capturing at the same time. The HVR-Z1 was most often tripod mounted, while the HC9 was handheld. I don't think we could have achieved the look we got without shooting in this way.

what is your preferred platform... Mac or Pc? 

It's been a long time since I've given Windows a proper go for video editing. I've been a Final Cut fan since version 4, and I still really like it in version 10.0.8 - so Mac is really the only platform for me. 

any advice for people making their own videos?

Just do it - get a team of similarly motivated people together. Don't expect it will happen overnight, be prepared to re-shoot or be flexible. Maintain a positive attitude and make sure you finish what you start. Things usually take a lot longer than you think, especially when you have to set up lights n stuff. Give yourself double at least the time you think it will take, and make sure you have a backup plan! Oh yeah - and time spent drinking coffee and talking through the ideas before running around the town with gear in your hands is time well spent (i.e. have some idea of what you want before you shoot).

 

 

Artist Interview with Jeremy

 

The next interview is with Sound Engineer & Producer Jeremy Conlon of Left Of Elephant Sound

I first crossed paths with Jeremy when he was working in a local record store (which now of course doesn't exist)... Jeremy would always order in cool vinyl records and overseas imports such as Three Imaginary Boys by The Cure and Blue Sunshine by The Glove (which I bought during Year 11 High School) and he was always really supportive of local bands and we ended up working together on Seesawtrace recordings (other band). Most recently Jeremy has lent his ear and contributed his engineering skills on the Stormset - Just Like Fashion E.p. A journey which began at his bushland studio (Berringa, Vic) and was then completed with mix-downs across the digital vortex between the new Left Of Elephant Sound studio (Darwin NT) and home.

Image Source: circus folk archives

Image Source: circus folk archives

Can you tell us how you started out in music and how you became a sound engineer?

I started by being exposed to great music early on, and great quality hi fi units, speakers, amps etc...so early on I had an understanding of what good music sounds like on a good system. I was lucky enough to work in record stores since I left school, got a head full of all kinds of music and genres, played in bands, The Violets, Cooperblack, and I became fascinated with the workings of a studio. I bought a simple set up, Tascam Porta 1  then the 244, did several courses in live mixing and music technology. I guess I just morphed into being a sound engineer, primarily by being a musician first.

what are you currently working on?

Analechi a new electro outfit with Lauren Day, very fun indeed, dirty electro stuff, producing some albums in the NT, Alice Springs and Darwin, meeting great musicians from all over Australia, very lucky.

Image Source: http://www.anelechi.net/

PC or mac?

Mac, because that's all I ever had access to...doesn't matter though, whatever tools you need to get the job done.

Any advice for people who are starting out recording their own music?

Get the best gear you can afford..read about gear and how to set it up properly and look after it..so much info out there

AND

Listen, listen, read about people's process and inspiration, read some more, listen, do, make mistakes, make more mistakes, make fantastic mistakes, meet other musicians, don't be a hermit, be yourself and do it for you.

 

This interview was originally posted on the old Stormset Blogspot in 2013. For a more recent interview check out Brother From Another Planet by Megan Spencer.

 

Artist Interview with Anee

 

This next interview is with guest vocalist Anee Burton - having previously worked with Anee as part of Seesawtrace, she has now contributed her ethereal voice on the songs 11M2, red steps and lazed and helped to bring the stormset sound to life

when did you first start singing?

I started singing from a young age purely for my own entertainment at around the age of 10 but got really interested in singing for others when I was 22 and met Simon and Chris through friends. I thought their music was really interesting and they inspired me to give it a go.

can you share with us something about the process of recording vocals for the stormset songs on the just like fashion e.p?

The process of recording was really relaxing and fun. I was pregnant at the time and loved that my baby could hear the music we were making, and it gave me a happy feeling every time we rehearsed or were recording.

who are some of your favourite musical influences?

My favourite vocalists and musical influences are many and varied. I love so many types of music but I would have to say Katie Noonan (the lead singer from the band George), Dido, Sia, Sarah Blasko, Tracey Chapman, Nelly Furtado, Missy Higgins, Everything But The Girl and Lamb. These are all some of my favourite vocalists and influences.

what inspires you?

My inspiration is the wonder of nature, beautiful music, firends, and food. But at the moment my biggest inspiration is my little boy, Mitchel, and how he interacts with the world and learns everyday.

 

The Picture Tour

 

The Cure | 1981

The illusion is shattered

This wouldn't be a true Stormset blog without including loads of stuff about my ultimate fav band The Cure - in particular circa 1981 'Faith' era. If I could zip back in time, my ultimate dream gig would be to see The Cure play during The Picture Tour, 1981. My friend Mary saw them play live in their early days at the Arkaba Hotel in Adelaide (back in her young pub rock days) and she used to tell me how she remembered Robert Smith asking the audience to please give back his old school blazer after someone had stolen it off the stage during their set. Everything else she recalled of her gig memory had been filtered through pretty hazy party mist.

I'd built up this whole picture in my mind of her story being about one of the early 'Faith' shows. After all, Mary's recollections had been sparked by the sight of my much loved hand painted 'Faith' t-shirt (a painting I'd done of the misty cover image on a black long sleeved top), and was proudly wearing while on a horticulture excursion to the Botanic Gardens... (the very same excursion where one of the other students who mostly didn't wish to be there, tried to set fire to a heritage listed tree filled with baby possums). Anyway, then many years later I found out the Adelaide Show of The Picture Tour, originally booked for Thebarton Theatre, had been cancelled due to the band being completely exhausted. So it turns out they'd never even made it to my home town on The Picture Tour (mind you, I wouldn't have been even close to being old enough to go in the first place)... It was actually the 1980 tour when The Cure had played at the Arkaba Hotel that my friend had seen (which still would've been an awesome show).

   - Ah the illusion is shattered.

The Picture Tour - Tour Brochure 1981 

The Picture Tour - Tour Brochure 1981 

Still, I definitely wouldn't swap that experience in a million years for the experience of having actually met RS and given him my very own hand painted 'Faith' t-shirt as a present (2000 Blood Flowers Tour)... Now that really was the ultimate Cure adventure story.

By the way, apparently Robert did get his blazer back.

P.S. Still glad I never purchased that overpriced Picture Tour t-shirt off e-bay on the rebound after missing out on tickets to the Vivid Live Reflections - Trilogy show last time round.

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Sleep, the dream, called Awake - Artist Interview with Lilaina

 

This weeks feature interview is with lyricist lilaina. laine first shared her poetry while we were studying visual art, and the ethereal imagery she creates through her creative writing became the inspiration for songs like blurred assumptions and bitch'n. laine sang on the original 4-track demo of lazed, a song which has been a live favourite for a long time, with its upbeat tempo and art-school aesthetic that perfectly suites the inspiration behind the stormset sound...

"sleep the dream, called awake"

when did you first start to write poetry?

I first started writing poetry at age 14, got published at 14 in a Goth Magazine.

what inspires your writing?

I am inspired by people and how we interact and our perceptions of one another. I love psychology and anything to do with human communication.

Can you tell us about some of the bands and other creative projects you have been a part of in the past?

In the past I have written and made a short film called 'Made My Bed and in 2000 I did stand up performance poetry at Sunset Strip in Melbourne. Before that I was production designer in a feature film called 'Radio Samurai'... I'm not sure if it was ever released?

DO you have an anthem song or all time favourite band?

The bands - The Cure, The Smiths, Cosmic Baby are favourites of mine. All time favourite bands are British India and All American Rejects. I also used to be a huge Ween fan as well.

Check out the orginal 4-track demo of lazed. The tape cover was designed by Simon and includes a black and white photo by Laine.