Stoods Newsletter Interview
30 May 2005 // An interview by Shade
Thanks to Phil Stoodley for answering the following questions for us.
1) Which NZ artist/band do you think will be a huge international success one day?
So many to choose from... that should be.... but if I had to choose one... Opshop
2) Who would you most like to tour with?
Beastie Boys could be a bit of fun.
3) What is your most embarrassing concert moment?
I was playing a gig in a bikers bar in Wellington when I was about 18. A couple of girls pulled me off the stage in the middle of a song and they were being pretty brutal about it too. One of the girls hair got tangled up in the head of my guitar. When I pulled away I saw there was a huge clump of hair left on my guitar. Yes I was a little embarrassed but I'm sure the poor girl I scalped with my guitar was a little more than me.... and very sore!!
4) What are you planning on doing during 2005?
We'd love to tour...
... also working towards recording our debut album. We've recorded a bunch of demos and have more than enough songs for an album. Just working on the financial side of it and sending demos out locally... and overseas to record companies. James Reid (the feelers) will be producing it if we can nail him down. He's pretty busy at the moment.
5) How did you come up with the name Stoods?
I moved to Auckland at the end of 1999. When I started doing solo gigs around town I went with the name Stoods. This has been my nick name since I was a kid. Comes from my last name "Stoodley". When I got the band together we pretty much just kept the name.
6) What is in your CD collection at home?
Mental... to many to name.... To be honest I dont really listen to my CD's often, unless I'm driving long distance. I'm listening to the new Kiwi FM at the moment which is really cool!
I'll just break it down to the first 10 CD's I see.
Rage against the machine
7) What advice would you give other budding musicians/bands?
It doesn't always come easy and you may get frustrated at times but just remember... what you want to be you already are. Just keep pushing!
In a relatively short period of time, Stoods have received acclaim and recognition from respected industry individuals. Their sound has been described in the media as beautifully crafted rock ballads, along the lines of Jeff Buckley, Coldplay, Travis, with their heavier numbers reminiscent of Muse and early Radiohead.
Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Stoods
2001 New Zealand National Battle of the bands winners. Phil Stoodley has also received awards for 'Best Singer' and 'Best Songwriter'.
To date, STOODS have performed with notable acts such as Jimmy Barnes, Pacifier, The Feelers, Fur Patrol, Augustino and Zed.