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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

Since 1999 Sola Rosa’s Andrew Spraggon has been tantalising listeners with otherworldly aural experiences, honing his craft and taking Sola Rosa from a self-released one man project to fully-fledged live powerhouse along the way. He’s kept good company on the road and in the studio, Sola Rosa counting members of Dimmer, Goldenhorse, Pluto and Sommerset amongst the ranks over the years, not to mention pilfering the best members of Che Fu, King Kapisi and Anika Moa’s bands and tapping the talents of internationally renowned artists like Nathan Haines and Spikey Tee. Add to the mix a succession of highly regarded releases the world over on stunning labels that include household names Ministry of Sound, Guidance, Different Drummer, Stereo Deluxe, and Satellite K, and you’ll see why so many eager ears and heavy-lidded eyes are always fixed to fasten on what Sola Rosa does next.

First coming to local music-lovers’ attention as guitarist and vocalist for angular rock band Cicada in the 90s, over the course of the last 9 years Spraggon has been on the receiving end of a Tui (2001’s 'Solarized'), b-net awards (for 2000’s 'Entrance To Skyway' and 2003’s 'Haunted Out-takes'), and a bevy of other accolades and nominations as Sola Rosa, but there’s little doubt when pressing play on 2009's 'Get It Together' that it is his finest accomplishment to date. Taking in a wide swathe of genres, and walking an ever-erratic line between organic and electronic elements, Sola Rosa’s songs continue to pull off Spraggon’s patented trick of electrifying your ears while ensuring that your feet don’t get confused along the way. Three years in the making, 'Get It Together' is best differentiated from its predecessors by a more beat-driven, direct, dance-demanding sound.

Picking up where the performance-based 'Moves On' album left off in 2005, there’s a sweating, smoking live band at the heart of the new record, made up of long-term members of the Rosa roster - Will Scott (drums), Matt Short (bass), and Ben White (guitar). Spraggon studio sorcery has then come into play, tooling up 'Get It Together' for maximum dancefloor impact, and bolstering the album with a roll-call of vocalists, musicians, and compositional contributors running headlong into Sola Rosa’s sonic stirrings at full force – with vocal cuts from Spikey Tee (best known for his work with Jah Wobble, Bomb The Bass, Mark Rae and on some of Sola Rosa’s finest moments); German globetrotter, poet, and singer Bajka; UK MC Serocee; and emerging Wellingtonian songstress Iva Lamkum. Underpinning these outstanding lyrical performances and further illuminating the album’s instrumentals you’ll find an eclectic batch of collaborators that includes the likes of Victoria Kelly, Julien Dyne, Juse, Scratch 22, Hadyn Godfrey, John Highsted, James Duncan, and Miguel Fuentes (who’s played with Isaac Hayes, George Benson, Grover Washington, Patti La Bell and other luminaries).

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Releases

In Spaces
Year: 2018
Type: EP
Magnetics
Year: 2014
Type: Album
Buy Online @ Mightyape
Solarized (Refreshed)
Year: 2013
Type: Album
Low And Behold, High And Beyond
Year: 2012
Type: Album
Buy Online @ Mightyape
Get It Together - The Remixes
Year: 2010
Type: Album
Get It Together
Year: 2009
Type: Album
Buy Online @ Mightyape
Moves On
Year: 2005
Type: Album
Buy Online @ Mightyape
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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