What can we expect to see from you over the next year?
I've been working on a lot more TV/Film soundtrack work lately, so there is plenty more of that to come this year. However, my main focus at the moment is the upcoming live 'Standing in Silence' show at the Wellington Opera House on June 19th. It’s been a really beautiful experience to see the album come alive and develop more as a filmic work, rather than just a typical live gig.
What is in your CD collection at home?
I have a massive CD collection at home. It’s mainly made up of obscure ambient music and soundtracks.
What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?
Listen to other people’s music all the time. Get inspired as much as you can. Don't beat yourself up over your music. The good stuff doesn't always come, but it will if you stick at it.
What rumour would you like to start about yourself?
That I appeared in James Cameron's Avatar as a soldier (this is actually true).
How do you keep in contact with your fans?
I'm on Facebook and MySpace, but I think Last.Fm is probably one of the best ways to get your music out to world and get heard.
Rhian Sheehan’s music has gained a substantial following here in New Zealand and overseas, reaching out to a diverse audience. ‘Standing in Silence’, his first full-length release in four years, represents a new musical bearing for Rhian Sheehan. His previous albums, 2001's 'Paradigm Shift' (regarded as a landmark in New Zealand electronica) and 2004's 'Tiny Blue Biosphere' (both released by LOOP Recordings), were acclaimed for their visionary blend of cerebral beats with sci-fi storylines and cosmic sensibilities.
Sheehan’s latest album ‘Standing in Silence’ pushes into a new direction of organic, ambient and abstract sound. The sounds of cascading glockenspiels, plucked piano strings, wine glasses, playgrounds and airports are the substance of 'Standing in Silence'.
Sheehan's work has featured on variety of international CD compilations, most notably the multi-platinum selling Cafe’ del Mar series. His music has also appeared regularly on BBC television programming, including Top Gear, and has been used for a variety of TV commercials and movie trailers and short films worldwide.