Adi Dick Newsletter Interview
23 Apr 2007 // An interview by Shade
1) What is your greatest achievement?
I think it's hard to pin down a greatest achievement as a single event because every step along the way for me has been crucial. Being accepted into the Red Bull Music Academy in Seattle in 2005 was a big one for me because that single experience redefined my direction in music and gave me a sense of validation of my music on an international level. Other things like playing sold out shows in theatres around the country with Fly My Pretties were good moments, having my parents in the crowd finally seeing "what it is I do for a living"! Performing solo before 2000+ on the OE Brasil Tour at St James in Auckland and having the crowd sing along with me.
2) What do you think could be done to make NZ music even better?
I think it's up to the musicians to make NZ music better. Music is an art form that you have to study. Anyone can make music now with the way technology is growing so it's up to musicians to present music in it's best light. In terms of the industry getting better continued support from venues and bar owners to provide places for musicians to play is always neccessary. I think the more places people have got to play the better they will get as musicians. Also support from local councils and government departments is always going to be vital in the uplifting of NZ music - keep it coming Helen!
3) Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years I will be settled into my own house somewhere in Europe with my partner. I will have a nice little simple studio set up and would have released many albums under different aliases worldwide.
4) What is the best thing about making music?
The best thing about making music is making the ideas in your head come to life or creating things you weren't expecting. Pushing the boundaries on a regular basis and surprising yourself. It's a great way to express yourself and be an individual without worrying about what others may think - satisfy yourself.
5) What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musician?
Remember how you got into music and remember what it is you love about music. I remember singing and dancing around the lounge to the Jackson 5 when I was a kid and that feeling has never left me. I didn't know what it was I loved about it I just loved it. Some things just don't need explaining and to me music is like that, I just love it so I'm compelled to get better at it and learn more. To me music is my life so I'm constantly studying it. Always study music, don't be afraid to check out things you wouldn't usually check out, there's always something to be learnt from all styles of music and the way people play it. Enjoy it, music is fun!
About Adi Dick
Adi Dick is a singer/songwriter/beatmaker/producer from Wellington.
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For the last 6 years Adi has been the guitarists/singer in the roots/rock band Seven Suns (Formerly Stylus77) but now as the band calls it a day he on a musical quest of his own.
Adi released his first solo offering in late 2005. The EP 'Noise In Your Stereo' is somewhat a mission statement to show the musical direction in which he is about to further explore. The EP was released independently on Adi's own label First Take Records. With a love for soul music with Hip Hop production sensibilities alongside his passion for blues, funk and jazz Adi is busy recording and producing his first full-length album.