Thanks to Jon Toogood for answering these questions:
What can we expect to see from The Adults over the next year?
An album released on June 20. A
What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?
Play from the heart and give it your all.
What will The Adults next release be?
The Adults album on June 20!
How do you come up with your lyrics?
Depends. Sometimes you have something you want to talk about straight away then other times it is dictated by the mood of the music you’ve made.
Who would you most like to support live?
The Rolling Stones
How do you believe The Adults fits into the NZ music industry?
I honestly have no idea. All I know is that I love the music and all the people involved and think people will get a thrill out of listening to it.
What can you never leave home without?
What is your favourite NZ venue?
The Powerstation in
What is the best part of being a musician?
What is in your CD collection at home?
You really want me to list my CD collection? It’d go on too long.
What inspired you to start The Adults?
I wanted to do something different and challenge myself.
What is the best gig you have ever performed at, and why?
Supporting AC/DC at Western Springs last year. 60,000 people, my favourite rock band and doing what I love.
After twenty-two years at the helm of New Zealand’s most loved rock band, Shihad frontman Jon Toogood has built up a treasure trove of musical connections. Lucky for us they have now collided, resulting in one hell of a project.
After a couple of years “collecting musical ideas” the multi instrumentalist began work in earnest six months ago on what has become The Adults, a celebration of his work with some of New Zealand’s brightest talents and an iconic Kiwi album in-the-making.
A truly collaborative affair, the project began with a wishlist of artists that Jon “loved, admire and respected”, all of whom jumped at the chance to work with him to create the eclectic tracklisting. The roll call of names on the album reads like a who’s who of New Zealand music, including names as diverse as Shayne Carter (Straitjacket Fits/Dimmer), Anika Moa, Ladi6, Julia Deans, Gary Sullivan (Jean Paul Sartre Experience/Dimmer), Nick Roughan (Skeptics), Ruban & Kody Nielson (The Mint Chicks), Warren Maxwell (TrinityRoots/Little Bushman), Riki Gooch (TrinityRoots), Redford Grenell (ex-Shapeshifter), Steve Bremner and co-producer and collaborator Tiki Taane. Collectively, the group is now known as ‘The Adults’, and the frontman says that after twenty years in the business it was definitely time that he “learned a whole new way of writing music from these people, who do it so well”. They too learned a whole new musical vocabulary from Toogood, and appear on this album in ways you’ve never heard them before.