Thanks to Jeramiah for answering these questions:
What can we expect to see from you over the next year?
A number of things hopefully, I really want to take module into more of a live band setup and mix in the electronics elements set up a number of shows. It really depends on the demand and finding a good selection of venues around NZ where I can expand and grow the show.
What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?
Do what you love keep doing it. something will happen, and if it doesn't at least you know you tried to make something happen which means that by default you did it!
Who are your favourite NZ musicians/bands, and why?
What will your next release be?
Looking at my track record it could be anything, I have done downbeat, classical, electro rock, synth pop, country, ambient. I have some rough ideas on where I want to take Module as a whole but those are not solid yet I have set up a small record label and we are doing a number of different releases which is going really well. We have a lot planned.
How do you believe you fit into the NZ music industry?
I really don't fit into the "music industry" which is a great thing. I am just a guy making my own music doing my own thing which is where I am most happy.
I really believe there is no music industry apart from the one you create for yourself. There is the "standard old school music industry "of creating music that get played on TV and radio that generate income based on exposure and placement and creating a product that will sell along with putting together a live show to generate a performance & touring income and fanbase.
And then there is your own industry which you can run how ever you like taking bits from that old industry model and doing what you like... there are no rules. Just do whatever you can for the goal is to create something that people like and want to listen to and support and making it sustainable long term so you can keep doing that.
What can you never leave home without?
iPad, USB sticks, headphones I am part of the matrix.
How do you describe your music?
I try not to have any rules any more, when I started it was down-beaty, then went all electro dance cause I started playing in clubs alot, I left that behind and seem to have created a panoramic rich sounding collection of songs, I compose on the piano, I like playing the guitar, I love most forms of music, they are all expression to serve some kind of purpose so whatever that is then I'll just do that.... mostly electronically created, although the older I get I am enjoying doing simple things... hit record done... move on.
What is the best part of being a musician?
Geekin' out on computers, jamming with people, watching people react to something you create, the magical energy between friends, collecting instruments, buzzing out on sound.
What is in your CD collection at home?
Too much Pink Floyd and David Gilmour.
What is your favourite place in NZ to be?
Lyall Bay in my home studio over looking the ocean. I am a lucky ****.
What inspired you to become a musician?
I have always been one. I started making music when I was really young and had piano lessons which I did really well at and have been interested in it since.
It's crazy looking back through the vortex of time and seeing my younger self wandering around with a casino tone keyboard making music with a 4 track recorder.
How did you come up with the name Module?
In 2003 in Palmerston North my computer crashed thanks to a Windows "Module" Error I thought hey, that's a cool name.
8 years later ! :)
What is the Best/Worst gig you have ever performed at, and why?
Splore which I performed at a few times. I played straight after Shapeshifter to 6000 people but my computer crashed, rather than freak out, I just got the crowd to start clapping while I played sexy keyboard solos over top and restarted my computer with my foot (yes, I took a desktop to a gig, my laptop got stolen the night before so I had to improvise), anyway, It was magical, the whole crowd loved it and it became a highlight. My only complaint is that they then kicked me off stage because the DJ stage PA had blown up and they had a international DJ performing that they must have spent alot of money on who said to me personally as I was getting off stage much to the disappointment of the crowd. "Why are you stopping? This is awesome?". to which I said, "I have to mate, you're on next" he then took 45min to setup 2 CD DJ record players. .. which made me sad as I had spent the last bit of money I had to get up there to perform. Then I had to find a way to get home and my desktop got stolen from the car while I was catching up with a friend to borrow some money for the train home.
How do you keep in contact with your fans?
Facebook mostly, I use to have a blog but they take too much time to maintain, Twitter is really good. Actually YouTube and Soundcloud are other great ways to build up a fanbase.
Module was created in 2003 by Award Winning Wellington-based New Zealand Multi-instrumentalist/Producer Jeramiah Ross. He produces and performs and records a variety of musical styles from electro, downtempo, ambient, classical and synthesizer-based compositions.
Jeramiah Ross created Module as a solo recording project in 2003. After his first two single releases, Module joined forces with Rhian Sheehan and began touring around New Zealand and Australia. During this time he was signed to New Zealand based record label LOOP Recordings and released his debut double album Remarkable Engines with the bonus Piano disk Movement which sold moderately well. One track from his album What it seems was picked up by 'Positivitly Wellington Tourism' as the theme music for the widely popular Have a love affair with Wellington campaign, which received hi rotate for over three years on nationwide television and radio. Rhian Sheehan and Module went on to tour for two years, performing at many festivals from Rainbow Serpent, Splore and countless performances around New Zealand and Australia.
In 2006 Jeramiah joined Fly My Pretties and performed his own acoustic piano compositions "Oh Fair Moonlight" and "Rain" for 16 sell-out shows around New Zealand theaters cumulating in the release of a CD/DVD which sold over 10,000 copies in New Zealand. In one of the last performances for Fly My Pretties he played "Rain" in the Auckland Town Hall on the 3 story high pipe organ.