Thanks to Jade for answering these questions:
What can we expect to see from you over the next year?
We want to record a new album some time this year - which we’re holding out to do pretty badly of course! We’re also cramming in as many live shows as possible and growing our sound.
What will your next release be?
We’re trying to release a video for 'Leaving' but our next major release will be our debut album 'Coast' on May 3rd. Then hopefully another album will follow it a little later on this year or early next year.
How do you describe your music?
An eclectic mix of genres -dub funk psychedelic rock.
Who are your favourite NZ musicians/bands, and why?
Kora, because of their solid musicianship and they’re just so energetic and strong when they perform. Shapeshifter, The Checks, Silk and Tiki Taane. We love Fat Freddy’s Drop – they have so much soul. The Black Seeds, Salmonella Dub and we’re digging Six60 at the mo. I love watching quality musicianship, there’s always something new you can learn.
How do you come up with your lyrics?
For me lyrics are usually not that hard to come up with. I write about things that I’m really passionate about, things that affect people emotionally and physically.
What can you never leave home without?
My Dictaphone, I record riffs and lyrics and melodies wherever I go.
What is the best part of being a musician?
Creating Art for the Ears and expressing it. Love it.
What is in your CD collection at home?
What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?
Turning up to the Auckland 'Rock To The Top' Competition 2009 (which we won in the end) but in the semi finals I turned up on stage and had forgotten my power leads to my pedals! Needless to say, I nearly died. Fortunately the guys before us had a spare one, which powered my board - we played and got through to the finals. Phew!
What is your favourite place in NZ to be?
Home with my family.
What inspired you to become a musician?
I've always been one – I was singing at 3 and taught myself to play the guitar at 7. It was always gonna happen!
What is the best gig you have ever performed at, and why?
One usually wouldn't expect to meet their band members through the act of grooming. But for Coast frontman, Jade Pritchard, it was his wizened facial hair expertise that first led him to his wife's cousin, and now Coast drummer, Ben Trinick.
"Our first meeting was at Te Kaha at their family's holiday home, which is right on the beach. It was Ben's 16th birthday and he was having his first shave so I went into the bathroom to kick it with him and make sure he was sweet. We talked some rubbish, had a laugh and I told him he looked cool (which he did by the way)." Jade Pritchard, Coast.
An uncommon and peculiar first meeting for band mates, but it made lasting impressions on them both. So much so, that a few years later when Jade needed a band behind him, it was Ben's drumming talents that he called upon first. From there, the final addition to complete the band was a natural and quite frankly damn logical choice. Abe Pai, a good mate of Ben's who seemed to be born with unwavering bass rhythms coursing through his veins.