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Sola Rosa - Sola Rosa Newsletter Interview

15 Feb 2009 // An interview by Shade
What is the best gig you have ever performed at, and why?

Rhythm & Vines. We've played there twice now. Both gigs were killer. The band was on fire, sound was great and the crowd were up for it.

What is your favourite NZ venue?

We like festivals best but if I had to pick a venue - Leigh Sawmill.

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

Never seen The Phoenix Foundation in action, so thats on my list - as is Electric Wire Hustle.

What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?

Southern Amp festival a few years back. I'd been up late for a couple of nights. Partied a bit too hard perhaps. When it came our time to play I fucked everything up - structures of tracks, verses, choruses. Basically I run things on the computer through Ableton Live and if I'm out - everybody is out. Loads of our peers came to see us and we were below average. That was a turning point for me - got my shit together after that.

How did you come up with the name Sola Rosa?

It was a play on some Spanish words. Bastard Spanish you could say.

How do you describe your music?

A mix of many influences including funk, latin, soul, jazz, hip hop, roots, reggae etc etc.

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

The band has really honed its sound over the past few years, so expect some killer live shows and more touring. We also plan to take the band further than Australia later in 09. We have had some interest from labels in Europe so we'll be looking deeper into those options. we may release more vinyl following the latest 7 inch release of 'Turn Around' Feat. Iva Lamkum. We also have 2-3 more videos in the pipeline.

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

Ignore your critics. Get to know the industry you work in. Music ain't just about making music its about all aspects of the business itself.
 

About Sola Rosa

Sola Rosa is one of Kiwi music’s most evolutionary and enduring acts.

With seven full-length albums, four EP's, a handful of hits, countless collaborations and numerous world tours, it’s been a 20-year labour of love for the man behind the music, Andrew Spraggon.

And although it’s punctuated with twists and turns in the form of constant change and innovation, one thing has remained the same – Spraggon’s steadfast commitment to making great albums that seamlessly blend a myriad of genres, from hip-hop and jazz, to neo-soul, latin and funk.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Sola Rosa

Releases

Chasing The Sun
Year: 2020
Type: Album
In Spaces
Year: 2018
Type: EP
Magnetics
Year: 2014
Type: Album
Solarized (Refreshed)
Year: 2013
Type: Album
Low And Behold, High And Beyond
Year: 2012
Type: Album
Get It Together - The Remixes
Year: 2010
Type: Album
Get It Together
Year: 2009
Type: Album
Moves On
Year: 2005
Type: Album
Haunted Out Takes
Year: 2003
Type: Album
The Ready Now EP
Year: 2003
Type: EP
Solarized
Year: 2001
Type: Album
Entrance To Skyway
Year: 2001
Type: EP

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