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Doppler - Doppler Newsletter Interview

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

Two gigs that really stand out are opening for OpShop in our hometown and playing with Elemeno P (in front of 2500 drunken university students!). But nothing can match our EP release party we threw at the Blue Pub in Methven: Beer in the foldbacks, girls on stage. It was an amazing crazy night with 150 of our true blue fans turning up to rock the night into the small hours (and then some).

What is your favourite NZ venue?

It’s gotta be the Blue Pub in Methven. We get the craziest dancefloor action happening there: One time in a previous band we had one guitarist ripping a solo on top of the bar while our other axe jockey Gormo (our 10 foot tall lead guitarist at present) was perched on the cigarette vending machine. That show finished with a pile of broken guitars covered in 200 peoples sweat…oh the memories.......

We also played a great intimate set at the Dux de Lux in Queenstown a while ago, it was so intense and the crowd was locked on, it just rocked aye so I deffinately rate the Dux as a great venue.

What can we expect to see from Doppler over the next year?

We have so much material at the moment, and I know Adam has another 100 songs waiting to explode from his brain! We are hoping to rough out heaps more songs, get some alternative feedback, pick the best and record a couple of singles, or an EP (or if we find some cash lying round, splash out on an album, who knows!).

We are also doing a South Island promo tour in August for a new Kiwi music and extreme sports festival, with gigs in Dunedin, Queenstown, Timaru, Ashburton, Twizel, Wanaka and Christchurch. I'm sure you will hear a lot more about this in the coming months!

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

I would have to say The Dukes; they are amazing musicians who have an amazing sound that needs to be heard by everyone.

I also really enjoy Christchurch band Sunburn, they are all great guys who have alot of potential chart topping pop/rock songs.

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

Well we could say something like:


And we would instantly be interogated by the FBI which would lead to massive publicity in the states and an interview on Letterman "INSTANT SUCCESS!!"

We may already be famous since I just said that! "big brother is watching!!"

About Doppler

Don’t you just love those songs that make you smile involuntarily, actually listen to the lyrics and appraise the musicianship, and get you up dancing every time you hear them (even if you’re in your living room!). Songs like that are rare, but rock four-piece Doppler has found the magic ingredients.

“It’s hard to sum up our sound in one word or phrase”, says bassist Daniel Wilson, and indeed it is. Doppler has discovered the key to rock longevity- their sound is complex and varying; from emotive acoustic guitar with Clapton-esque electric on “Underlie” to raw, powerful and dance inducing “Blue Diamond Eyes”. Their latest success is the new summer-anthem “Oblivion”, recorded at legendary York Street studios, and produced and engineered by ‘Hook’ from 48 May. The single has been written to perfection, with edgy harmonies, complex rhythms, layered loud guitars and strong, driven vocals.

The men behind the music are Adam and Daniel Wilson, Matt Gorman and Simon Christensen. Vocalist Adam and guitarist Matt began playing together in 2005, and formed The Last, a predominantly covers band. Unfortunately The Last was not to last- it split in mid 2005, and a few months later Doppler was born. Adam says of the split: “I’m always drawn to music like Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters and after playing it for several years I realised that I could create my own, and add my own style to it.” Adam and Matt roped in Adam’s brother Daniel, a singer in several Canterbury based covers bands with a penchant for rhythmic driving bass lines. They were accompanied by drummer Simon, who already had tasted fame with originals Christchurch band Picture. Simon recalls: “We all came from different music backgrounds, but we all wanted to produce rock. And not just pop-rock like other bands were doing at the time. We wanted inventive, talented and powerful rock!”

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