28 Aug 2006 // An interview by Shade
The Equuslive Collective is a grouping of Christchurch based musicians writing, recording and performing their compositions. Abandon, Desk, Design Floor, Equus, Hardfill and Intermission are all bands who have recorded under the auspices of the collective.
Current performing members are; Lisa Tui Bainbridge, Diego Hariswara, Jeremy Burgess, Tony Millar, Reuben McNabb, Michael Russell, Blair McCaughan and Ben McNabb.
See www.equuslive.co.nz for more information.
Who are your favourite NZ bands and artists?
Gramsci, Trillion,Straightjacket Fits/Dimmer, Dave Dobbyn,Supergroove.
up and comers I'll go Ishtar, Odessa, Tragedy of the Commons, Knife Party, Pig Out and a quite sensational young group from Christchurch called Mustard.
What is your favourite NZ venue?
much lamented Gluepot and Gladestone. Dux de Lux in Christchurch for its continued support of original music scene.
What is the best live gig you have ever been to?
I really enjoyed the Straightjacket Fits supporting the Jesus and Mary Chain. Memory is a bit hazy but I think it was 1987... defientley at the Theatre Royal. Michael has toured the globe playing, I think seeing Prince at a club gig would be his high point, with having Red Hot Chilli Peppers as their support band a close second.
Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?
Phew... still writing, recording and playing. Hopefully still attracting and retaining A Grade musical talent in the collaborative process.
How do you keep in contact with your fans?
I wasn't aware we had any. We have the obiligatory forum on our website, by far most corrospondence is through "private" email. We are not particulary interactive, this is as much to do with the generation we are from and technological issues as laziness. I hope...
What rumour would you like to start about yourselves?
that we actually take ourselves seriously.
What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?
stay positive. figure out not only why you play, but what it is that you want too say.
The ability to say sorry and thank you.