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Coast - Coast Newsletter Interview

18 Apr 2010 // An interview by Shade

Thanks to Jade for answering these questions:

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

We want to record a new album some time this year - which we’re holding out to do pretty badly of course! We’re also cramming in as many live shows as possible and growing our sound.

What will your next release be?

We’re trying to release a video for 'Leaving' but our next major release will be our debut album 'Coast' on May 3rd. Then hopefully another album will follow it a little later on this year or early next year.

How do you describe your music?

An eclectic mix of genres -dub funk psychedelic rock.

Who are your favourite NZ musicians/bands, and why?

Kora, because of their solid musicianship and they’re just so energetic and strong when they perform. Shapeshifter, The Checks, Silk and Tiki Taane. We love Fat Freddy’s Drop – they have so much soul. The Black Seeds, Salmonella Dub and we’re digging Six60 at the mo. I love watching quality musicianship, there’s always something new you can learn.

How do you come up with your lyrics?

For me lyrics are usually not that hard to come up with. I write about things that I’m really passionate about, things that affect people emotionally and physically.

What can you never leave home without?

My Dictaphone, I record riffs and lyrics and melodies wherever I go.

What is the best part of being a musician?

Creating Art for the Ears and expressing it. Love it.

What is in your CD collection at home?

I have lots (as you would expect) but I always go back to my favourites, which are Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shapeshifter, Sublime, Rage, Jack Johnson, Kora and I’m liking Six60 at the mo.

What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?

Turning up to the Auckland 'Rock To The Top' Competition 2009 (which we won in the end) but in the semi finals I turned up on stage and had forgotten my power leads to my pedals! Needless to say, I nearly died. Fortunately the guys before us had a spare one, which powered my board - we played and got through to the finals. Phew!

What is your favourite place in NZ to be?

Home with my family.

What inspired you to become a musician?

I've always been one – I was singing at 3 and taught myself to play the guitar at 7. It was always gonna happen!

What is the best gig you have ever performed at, and why?

Probably the Auckland 'Rock to the Top' Finals. We were up against some good bands but our trio won out. When it’s on the line we don’t hold anything back. Each gigs gotta be better than the last.



About Coast

Coast is led by the soulful vocalist and chugging guitarist, Jade Pritchard. Joining him is classically trained and jazz-based drummer, Ben Trinick, and naturally talented bass player, Pai, who also provides vocals.

Hailing from Gisborne, Coast initially formed during jam sessions in 2007. When Jade needed a backing band the group made things official with their first gig at Rhythm and Vines 07/08. Coast then moved on to win the 2008 Eastern Bay Battle of the Bands (judged by Kora) and the Auckland Rock to the Top competition in 2009. With these early achievements, Coast moved from the East Coast to Auckland to develop their deep and complex sound.

In May 2010, Coast’s self-titled debut EP Coast was released through Loop. Much like a well-crafted puzzle where each piece snugly fits, Coast intuitively blend a roll call of genres on their EP. From dub to funk, rock psychedelia to reggae/roots, Coast have created a resonance that is both familiar to the kiwi ear and captivating in its passion-infused delivery.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Coast


Year: 2010
Type: Album

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