Working earlier in the bands career with Ball Park Music’s Sam Cromack and Legendary Brisbane producer Magoo (Powderfinger, Midnight Oil, Regurgitator, Kate Miller-Heidke), the band quickly attracted national radio play including rotation on Triple J. Having spent the Australian summer working on their forthcoming sophomore album – the follow-up to 2016’s CRASHING INTO THE SUN, the band are all set to unveil an ambitious and radical departure from their live shows of the past. Hey Geronimo are all about the good times and writing party tunes and that’s never more evident than in the bands latest single “MUTANT”. Inspired by frontman Pete Kilroy’s experience of embarrassing himself in front of Milk Records founder Courtney Barnett, Pete decided that it made for a pretty good story. Never taking themselves too seriously, Hey Geronimo’s writes soundtracks to have fun to. The band are currently gearing up to head out on their ‘BRAVE NEW WORLD‘ tour, spanning Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney throughout June and July. We caught up with Pete to chat about tour essentials and getting a “real” job. This is Hey Geronimo’s Savvy Seven!
Who was your first musical inspiration? Why?
Mum got the Beatles red compilation album for Christmas when I was a junior. Started with the best! Until then it was all commercial radio and “100% hits”… *shudder*
What advice do you have for someone who is planning and setting off on their first tour?
Take a plastic bag. It’s the most important part of your touring kit. Can’t let the gross sweaty clothes mix in the clean ones! Oh, and try to save your voice after the show. It’s very easy to find yourself in a loud venue post show, yelling the night away. But that, combined with no sleep, will make the next day’s show much tougher. Took a while to learn this one… ☹
What has been one of your most defining moments in your career?
TBH it was probably our last show in Sydney. We filled the room at Newtown Social Club and played our best ever show. Felt like a great result from many years of hard work!
How has your music practice changed over time?
Half the band lives in Brisbane, and the other half in Sydney, so it’s a bit of a struggle now actually. We’re tracking an album currently, so we try to squeeze in practice around those sessions.
My top business tip for new artists is…
Argh… unfortunately it’s “get a job”. That way you can initially afford to record and tour!
My biggest career mistake has been…
The line-up was in a bit of limbo for a brief period and there wasn’t really any urgency to get it right. A big fail in hindsight.
In my opinion, the most important issue facing the music industry is…
Funding for bands in lieu of physical sales going into the toilet.
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