Perhaps when I first started getting into bands such as Pantera. Metal and rock music really resonated with me in such a way that I still listen to that type of music on a daily basis. My dad owns a guitar store in Sandringham (Guitars Plus) and my mum is a music teacher, but it wasn't until I started developing my own tastes in music that I finally picked up a guitar and chose to start my own musical journey.
I hope to be able to bring a smile to the face of whoever is listening to our music.
That's a tough one. I think that really comes down to a personal level. One person's idea of success in the music industry might be totally different to the ideas of somebody else. You might be satisfied just playing your guitar at a local cafe once a fortnight, or you might define success as performing on multiple international tours every year. I personally endeavor to play as many shows in as many places as possible and have our music heard by people around the world.
There's probably two main highlights that come to mind. Holding a physical copy of our debut album in my hands out the front of the pressing plant is one of them. Playing onstage with Rodrigo y Gabriela is definitely another. Last year the Mexican duo, who are a huge influence of ours, performed at The Palais Theatre in St Kilda. Half way through their set they invited some young musicians in the crowd to join them onstage to watch the show from their perspective. It was amazing! Opportunistically, I nervously asked Rodrigo if we could borrow their guitars to perform one of our songs on the Palais stage. Remarkably, he barely bat an eyelid and responded with an instant yes! We performed our song "Black Cloud Float Pt.2" off our EP and the crowd roared with applause!! Definitely a highlight of my career.
We've got a tour in the works for October/November. We'll be hitting up a bunch of regional destinations such as Ballarat, Healesville and Albury as well as performing at a number of festivals including Wallaby Creek Festival in QLD and Bendigo Blues and Roots festival. The music for our next release has already been written, so we hope to record that before the end of 2016 and release it in 2017. We also hope to head to Europe this time next year for our first ever overseas tour!
Whilst there are many musical artists that we would love to work with, collaborating with an orchestra at some point is an absolute dream of ours. We are heavily influenced by movie scores and our music in turn tends to share some similarities with film music from an arrangement perspective. A good example of this would be our song "Etched In Stone", the finale of our debut album, which incorporates a lot of additional musical layers to offer a bombastic and epic sound. We think an orchestra would really compliment songs such as this.
Keep your head down, remain optimistic and work hard. Success in the music industry is measured on your own terms. The only thing that can possibly stand in the way of your own success is yourself.
There are a wide range of artists that influence us and our style. At its core, our music is Flamenco - akin to the Gipsy Kings, Paco De Lucia and Jose Feliciano. However, we then draw influence from pop icons such as Prince and Michael Jackson, to 60's rock bands such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, 1970s progressive rock bands like Yes and Genesis, and even modern metal bands such as In Flames and Opeth. We also draw influence from film score composers such as John Williams and Alan Silvestri. Somehow all of these influences culminate in our unique take on Spanish influenced acoustic music! Hahaha.