SAMMY SEEKA: My yr 5 trombone teacher, Mr Baker. Got me hooked on blues and since then blues scales and rhythms feature heavily in my writing process.
What advice do you have for someone who’s about to record and release their first album and go on their first tour?
BOO: Well we haven’t even released our own first record yet so not sure what to say about that, but keep the recording process as fun as possible. Walk away from it or move on to a new song if you are hitting a wall and come back to it. Trust me it works
SAMMY SEEKA: enjoy it, you’ll only get one first tour so go out there and make some memories.
How do you record your initial song ideas?
BOO: The initial idea can come from anything. Writing on napkins, cereal boxes, whatever you can get your hands on to capture your thoughts, and recording a shit load of voice memos on my phone so I don’t forget a melody idea. That’s what works for me but something completely different may work for you.
SAMMY SEEKA: Anything from spending a shit load of time in front of a computer, mucking around on instruments or singing into my phone while I’m high in a mates bathroom.
How has your music practice and performance changed over time?
BOO: I use to overthink the process to much (some would say I still do) but now I just let myself go with whatever feeling I have at that current time. Being in the now is pretty awesome on stage and in the studio when you learn to do it.
SAMMY SEEKA: I tend to use whatever instruments are needed at a certain time, so whilst once it was a guitar, now it’s synths, electronic drums and sampling machines.
My top business tip for new artists is…
BOO: Always listen, learn, digest, and take what you feel is needed for yourself from every situation in life.
SAMMY SEEKA: relate to your audience.
My biggest career mistake and highlight has been…
BOO: highlight = getting to play music everyday for a living Mistake = forgetting sometimes that I get to play music everyday for a living.
SAMMY SEEKA: playing splendour in the grass was pretty awesome. Some of our biggest musical mistakes have turned out to be strokes of magic so embrace mistakes. As Flume calls them; happy accidents.
In my opinion, the most important issue facing the music industry is… What do you think can fix/change it?
BOO: Music isn’t a competition, building business relationships and respect in this industry goes along way. Let’s not screw each other over. Move forward together
SAMMY SEEKA: music becoming one dimensional and robotic, made for the purpose of appeasing those who convey to the audience (radio/blogs etc), rather than for yourself or the audience directly.