How would you describe your music to the world?
Daniel: An energetic blend of genres through which we think you can hear the fun we have playing music together!
When did you realise your musical potential?
Daniel: Peter and I formed a band out of year 12 and started playing originals at open mic nights in Elwood and Ormond. I think having strangers react emotionally to our music whilst performing at those nights gave us all the inspiration we needed to continue to play, write and get better at music.
Which single moment would you look back on now that makes you proud?
Daniel: Our album launch at The Hi Fi, having so many people their supporting us was unreal, the noise when we went onstage was awesome.
From where do you draw your inspiration to keep creating music?
Daniel: Every day experiences and also having people message us and tell us in person that they have our song as their ring tone/alarm or that one of our songs is their top played on their phone.
Pete: Jumping over a sprinkler in the middle of summer, the first time down a roller coaster, singing along to that track at the pub before it closes and you have to go home. These are the closest experiences I can get to describe the feeling I get playing with Better Than The Wizards. Studying music nearly ended my love of it, and Better Than The Wizards stopped me putting my sax under the bed, never to be touched again. Playing in Better Than The Wizards was the first time anything I’d done creatively has meant something, the first time anything I’d made has meant something to someone else. And I love that. I love making people dance, making them laugh, and seeing them fall in love with our dance floor. And I want to share that with more people. I want everyone to experience what it’s like to be in the crowd at a Better Than The Wizards show, to jump in a conga line, to sing along with The Lion King and find a dance partner they’ve never met before. Life’s made of experiences you tell the next day through dark glasses, or years later to kids who think you’re not cool any more. I want to be part of creating those experiences, I want to be the Snapchat story you show your grandkids.
Where do you hope to hear your music over the next 12 months?
Community radio, hopefully a little more JJJ air time and playing it live at some cool festivals!
How does your role in music contribute to your bigger picture?
That's a cool question. Music gives me a creative outlet, as well as a way to express those emotions and stuff we might not talk about so much! I can't imagine a life without music and sharing it and the energy we bring to it is a feeling I want to continue for as long as we can. (Daniel) I also love it when our music inspires other musicians, we have had some pretty cool moments when other bands have said they were inspired by our live show! I also work at a local high school and got to mentor a young band last year, they named themselves the 'Sons of Daniel', I thought they were taking the piss but when they said they were serious I definitely had a chuckle, but it is very cool.
ANY PLANS TO TOUR? RELEASE NEW MUSIC?
Some, Sometime, Somebody is our new EP featuring 5 tracks including the title track. We also have another EP recorded and are in the mixing phase of that. In terms of touring, we are currently staying local to Melbourne but we hope to get out to some rural Vic shows again in 2017. If we can make it happen with the 6 of us we'll play anytime anywhere!
WHAT’S ONE LESSON YOU’VE LEARNT THAT YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHER ASPIRING MUSICIANS?
Not to sweat the outcome of every launch you do, really see everything as a stepping stone. Build a mailing list and focus on your audience as they are what matters the most, take them on your journey with you and build a tribe!