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Us As Robots - Us As Robots Newsletter Interview

09 Apr 2008 // An interview by Shade
What is the best gig/event you have ever performed at, and why?

The most fun we have possibly ever had playing was last November. The show was to mark the break-up of Palmerston North band Collapse and also featured B-Side Electro Funk Disaster, Twice Daily and Blake. All the bands were great friends and it was just an amazing, fun environment to play in. The crowds were having fun and Collapse played a huge set to mark their break-up. We even carried Collapse's lead singer out of the door at the end. Most importantly though, we all left smiling and thats what music should really be about, making people feel good and walk out of a show satisfied.

What is your favourite NZ venue?

We would have to consider our favourite venue The Stomach in Palmerston North. It's so good to be around your peers and just enjoying music together. We play regular shows there and always have fun doing it. And its all thanks to the City Council! The venue is funded by them, so it keeps the only all-ages venue in Palmy going.

What can we expect to see from Us As Robots over the next year?

Over the next year, the band is hoping to get some writing done and possibly follow up our 2007 EP (avail. at Mango music in Palmy) we recorded with another recording, perhaps even a full length. Were also hoping to get further than our last-years efforts in the Smokefree Rockquest. Its our last year in the comp so were hoping to follow up our '07 Top 12 placing with a place in the Top 6.

What other NZ musicians or bands would you like to see more of, and why?

The Nerines are a new Indie band from Palmy that need to be looked at. They are producing some brilliant indie-pop tunes and they're still so early in their musical careers. Also Adam Gibson and Blake Johnston are working on their solo projects right now and are creating some tight tunes.

If you could, what rumour would you start about yourselves?

We would start a rumour that we couldn't do some remedial task like tie our shoelaces. Then everyone would ask why we can't tie our shoelaces. Then we could show them that we actually could tie our shoelaces. They would then shower us with praise over how good at it we have become over such a short time. This is the sort of human contact that would make them stick around for one of our shows. Then they would be able to check out our music live, something they may not have bothered with had they not felt the need to ask about our shoe-laces.

Crafty, aren't we!

What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?

Play shows! Play and play and play. Even if you think you're terrible, playing shows will get you performance skills. And that will make you keep getting better and better. Even if its to 5 friends, its so beneficial to your craft. Get yourself out there as much as possible.

Oh, and also, make friends with the 'big man' in your town regarding music. The old saying 'its about who you know, not what you know' is pretty true in the music biz.

About Us As Robots

Hello, welcome.

We are a musical performance group that practices the art of giving and receiving music. We hope that you can at some time, join with us in the act of mutual musical expression.
Also, we have an EP available if you would like to hear our music in your home, car or on your portable music player.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Us As Robots


Us As Robots EP
Year: 2007
Type: EP

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