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Hestia Solstice - Hestia Solstice Newsletter Interview

14 Nov 2005 // An interview by Shade
Once a band then non-corporeal solo project (Think Gramsci, NIN) within the confines of a collective. Now an inbetweener of the two concepts taking the best from both dualities. With limitless boundaries taking different turns, restrictions on style and sound stay unearthed. Making way for unconventional ideas outside of the square with an avant-garde edge.

Which NZ artist/band do you think will be a huge international success one day?

In reality it would most likely be bands/artists out of rockquest. Especially ones who have had the exposure and kickstart needed to go out into the real world of the music industry. Mostly music that is safe. It doesn't sound fair to some but from an impartial standpoint thats how shallow the industry can be. People look at your achievements and such rather than your music. Personally Shihad should be the ones who deserve all that.

Who would you most like to tour with?

Within NZ: Foamy Ed of course. Or Tadpole. Even Aviatour! Outside: A Perfect Circle or Evanescence. Mainly people we would feel complacent with and knew the ins and outs of touring. Plus a band that can draw in a decent crowd would be nice.

What is your most embarrassing concert moment?

We don't really want to talk about that. It's almost a non-factor now since it happened under our old incarnation. It was at rockquest. We did well for only 1.5 hours preparation prior to the gig but not well enough. Basically everything crumbled weeks prior to the gig and members left and it was hard finding replacements at short notice. In short things didn't go well. We somehow scored 13/25. That's the average score most bands who had more time to prepare got. The judges knew we had potential and thought the ideas we had were good, just we needed more practice. That aside it's like we are a completely different band since our makeover, and it's still early days.

What are you planning on doing during 2005?

Recording a demo/promo/EP. So we can send it out to the bnet and Orientation for a slot (Hint Hint HINT) among other things. Also more writing and rehearsing more material for a full set to play at gigs. We are also looking at adding a keys/samples player and maybe female BV's. If all goes to plan we'll try to get support slots with local bands. Also in the pipeline would be to print off our own merch. And a website when we get around to it!

What is in your CD collection at home?

A lot of Alternative and NZ Music. Have just added Muse "Absolution", Arcade Fire "Funeral", Shihad "Love is the New Hate", Gramsci "Like Stray Voltage", NIN "With Teeth", Evanescence "Anywhere but home", Goldenhorse "Out of the Moon" and The Killers "Hot Fuss" to it this year. Also every Placebo (bar Best Of), A Perfect Circle, Tool, silverchair and Tadpole cds. The other Muse cd "Origin of Symmetry", The first 2 System of a Down cds, 2 Marilyn Manson albums, 2 Deftones albums, Foamy Ed "A Moments Need" EP, Radiohead (1 EP and album), The Brunettes even and way more. Actually that's enough for now.

Tim would have Muse, Incubus and Audioslave i'd imagine. Mark we aren't sure about since he's really the most busy out of all of us, and really plays more than listens maybe.

What advice would you give other budding musicians/bands?

Give us some advice! Apart from telling us to comprimise our music. Though seriously do it for the love of it or give it up. And don't stress.

About Hestia Solstice

Once a band then non-corporeal solo project (Think Gramsci, NIN) within the confines of a collective. Now an inbetweener of the two concepts taking the best from both dualities. With limitless boundaries taking different turns, restrictions on style and sound stay unearthed. Making way for unconventional ideas outside of the square with an avant-garde edge.

As a result of internal strife, the current status of this project is an "indefinite hiatus" or DONE.

"WOW" - Belinda, ex-Aviatour.

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