Much loved Aussie hip-hop legends Thundamentals are about to drop their much anticipated fourth album, Everyone We Know. These have some serious runs on the board, including nominations for ARIA Awards, AIR Awards, J Awards, FBi SMAC Awards and The Australian Music Prize as well as multiple appearances on the Triple J Hottest 100 and international festival appearances, so we figured they would have some excellent Savvy Seven advice for emerging artists and aspiring industry workers. We asked to DJ Morgs to shed some light on the mysterious world of professional touring and recording bands.
1) What is the best part about being a musician, for you?
I just want to get rich and famous and act like I don’t know nobody.
2) How has your music practice changed over time?
I think generally when I first got into production in high school, I was all about sampling records and looking for breaks etc. Although this is still a huge part of what inspires a lot of my productions, there is just an abundance of free to use samples and synthesisers out there I have been exploring. As well as trying to meld the ‘golden era’ style with the more contemporary music I am into these days.
3) What advice would you give to someone who is about to head off on their very first tour?
Ask for heaps of rider, you may not get it every time, but sometimes you will and you’ll thank me. Also, remember to take any left over rider/platters at the end of the night. It’s amazing how quickly you can build a home whiskey station of 1/3 full bottles.
4) Do you get nervous before you perform? How do you manage that?
For sure I do. I feel like it’s often a technical anxiety like “I hope my mac doesn’t do that weird thing it sometimes does” or “did I close all those conspiracy videos running in the background?”. Some people manage it by drinking a lot. I used to try, never really worked for me. I try and just stay pretty low key before and settled, then let it out after the show.
5) How do you record your initial song ideas?
Usually I’m messing around with a bunch of song ideas in the one project on the computer, then I’ll get them all going a little and choose one. Fender Rhodes 73 is where I’m usually starting these days, either into phone or straight into cubase.
6) My top business tip for new artists is…
Take yourself seriously, if you are becoming an artist, you need to represent yourself as any business owner would. And just be Gung-ho.
7) What was your biggest career mistake/regret?
Falling over coming back on stage for an encore in my home town, where I probably knew about 500 people there. I’m sure they won’t let me forget it.
The band are launching their new album with an touring art exhibition titled “Everyone We Know: Exhibition Tour”. The band have engaged Sydney artist and graphic designer April77 Creative to create a conceptual exhibition inspired by each track from the new album. Each song will be represented by a different character or person which will make up the works of the 16 piece graphic art collection.
The “Everyone We Know: Exhibition Tour” will travel around to all capital cities starting in Melbourne on Tuesday Feb 7th at The Church of Bang Bang Boogaloo and finishing in Perth on Thursday Feb 16th. FREE for EVERYONE to enter, venue capacity will be capped so best to arrive early. While viewing each work, music and art lovers will be able to hear songs from “Everyone We Know” as well as purchase a limited edition bundle which includes a numbered high quality print of their favourite artwork and a copy of the album. Each night Thundamentals will be putting on an after party – DJing with a line-up of special guests.
TOUR DATES FOR EVERYONE WE KNOW: THE EXHIBITION
Featuring original artwork by April77 Creative inspired by each song on the new album
- Art Exhibition from 7 – 9pm
- Thundamentals DJ sets after each exhibition plus special guests & DJs from 9pm
- Free Entry
Tuesday Feb 7th – The Church of Bang Bang Boogaloo – Melbourne. 361 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday – Feb 8th – The Elephant Bar – Brisbane. 230 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD
Thursday Feb 9th – Lord Gladstone – Sydney. 115 Regent St, Chippendale, NSW
Wednesday Feb 15th – The Wheatsheaf Hotel – Adelaide. 39 George Street, Thebarton, SA
Thursday Feb 16th – Wolf Lane – Perth . Rear 321 Murray St Perth