Interview

The Naked and Famous

The Naked and Famous

Monday, 9th August 2010 1:10PM

Been around since?
A year and a half - ish.

Current line up?
Live - Thom powers (guitars, vox, synth), Alisa Xayalith (vox, synth), Jordan Clark (drums), Ben Knapp (bass) But in the studio it's Thom, Alisa and Aaron Short - who will, by album time, most likely be a live member. Ben Knapp played Bass on Serenade and Spies and Jordan Clark played drums on Serenade, Spies. The Post drum track is a loop of Jordan practicing at studio 203.

Where are you based?
Auckland at the moment.

Musical history?
What were you listening to back in high school
(thom) - lots of 90s - Tricky, Portishead, Massive Attack and I really got into Nine Inch Nails. Aaron's always been a NIN geek but got into lots of electronica quite young. Alisa listened to lots of The Smashing Pumpkins,PJ Harvey and Bjork during high school.

What are you currently listening to?
(thom) - Today - Fionn Regan, These New Puritans, The Dresden Dolls. I have also been thrashing the new M83 album.

The state of music in NZ is..?
I don't really know. I'm not old enough to have the knowledge and experience to comment. We've met lots of people in the industry and we're still learning but from what I can gather it's very different now and keeps changing.

What's your favourite place to play?
Not sure yet - ask us again in a year.

What was your favourite show?
Our EP release - being the main event gives me a kind of figurative emotional 'support' that helped me relax and enjoy being on stage. I really appreciated the audience.

What is your recording process?
It's a little all over the show at the moment. Lots of transferring files and protools sessions between computers. Generally - we do most of the recording at home and a bit at studio 203. Sometimes the writing, producing and engineering all blend into one and the whole process becomes more progressive and complex. The more we learn - the bigger our canvas gets... am I making sense?

What's been your best recording experience?
Hard to say... every song has it's moments. Sometimes it can be a very tense process. It's more of a self discipline. For us - writing is the exciting part. Sometimes we can get fully creatively focused and the song pretty much writes itself. Then we have a demo to play around and get comfortable with before deciding it's time to start recording it for a release.

What's been your worst recording experience?
We haven't had a really bad recording experience. Sometimes things don't work and that can be disappointing but we can always find some way to compromise. We only follow through with a song if we're excited about it so it's hard not to feel compelled to keep working at it.

Favorite radio show/station?
We all listen to BFM. It's good radio - you have to listen. Average Northshore suburban jocks wouldn't get it hah, which is a good enough reason for me to think it's got a point. Things aren't pushed, they're presented. You have to have more than half a brain to like it.

The Future holds…?
A tour. EP2 - soon, which is going to be really exciting to have the 'second half' finished. It's directly linked visually and more importantly musically to the first EP - a plan we had from the start. Kinda like a sister to 'This Machine'. That and some overseas expeditions.

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