Thanks to Claire for answering these questions:
What can we expect to see from Farmer Pimp over the next year?
First off is the release of our debut album 'Sweet Hot Pepper Pop'! During the recording process we got to work with some amazing people and are stoked with the finished product. We've also been working with some great DJs/electronic artists so expect to hear some Farmer Pimp remixes in the coming year.. Oh and of course playing some kick-ass shows! For our album release we're going all out, playing with a string quartet and three piece horn section, so we're really excited about the line up.
What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?
Forget about what you've learned and approach your music with a clean slate. Don't worry about what genre you fit into or who you should sound like, forge your own musical style.
How do you come up with your lyrics?
I like to think of songs as short stories. I usually start with a scenario or imagery in my head and then go from there. Some song lyrics come from a personal experience and others are completely made up, that's the great thing about songwriting, you can make it as crazy as you want!
How do you describe Farmer Pimpís music?
Everyone in the band has such different musical backgrounds that get mixed together in the Farmer Pimp melting pot. I like to think of our music as bitter-sweet pop, like a good quality dark chocolate, tastes sweet but won't give you cavities!
What inspired you to start Farmer Pimp?
Mark (bass player/producer) and I met awhile back at uni and discovered a shared passion for superheroes and music, the rest is history.
What is the best gig you have ever performed at, and why?Probably the first gig we ever played. We used to practice in the apartment up stairs from the bar at Joy Bong and we got to know the bartender pretty well ($4 tap beers bless him!). Late one evening we were drinking there and got talking to the other people at the bar about the band, after some cajoling and a few more drinks we dragged our amps down and played our first show! We probably sounded terrible but was a lot of fun..
Farmer Pimp are about to emerge from a writing and recording hiatus that sees them presenting their finest material yet with their debut album 'Sweet Hot Pepper Pop' due for release 26 April 2010.
Locally loved and applauded for their dynamic live shows, and unique and innovative blending of musical genres, Farmer Pimp have pushed the envelope once again.
Formed at music school 6 years ago, Farmer Pimp is the creative partnership of Mark Michel (songwriter/producer) and Claire Holmes (songwriter/singer), with band: prominent local musicians John-Paul Muir (songwriter/keys), and Glen Child (drums), with a host of the countries best string and horn players and sections adding depth and lushness to their live performances.