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The Adventures Of Mikejoffa - The Adventures of Mikejoffa Newsletter Interview

18 Feb 2013 // An interview by Shade

The Adventures of Mikejoffa has recently finished tracking, mixing and mastering their up and coming album 'Miss Fortunes' which they will release in May 2013. Artwork is in process for the CD design and fundraising for the production. Through this year Mikejoffa are finalizing fifteen or more unrecorded and unfinished songs for a second album for the following year. Mikejoffa will be planning a tour for their success so far to spread the word of our music and product. We hope to produce two music videos for songs featured on 'Miss Fortunes'. Throughout the last two years Mikejoffa have been collecting video footage of their gigs, parties, good and dramatic times which will help produce music videos in the future but also a documentary of our legacy to tell our story.

Mikejoffa hope to showcase their versatility in music genre by playing more acoustic gigs with frequent rock full band shows. The mix of ballad type songs enables Mikejoffa to play quieter gigs for cafes and restaurants.

Our goal for the year is to fulfill the requirements for NZ on Air funding for videos, not to receive grants and funding but to know what requirements are needed for serious bands in the industry. We hope to broaden our horizons and travel Australia with our music or wherever the boat sails.

Mikejoffa hope to get their first album 'Miss Fortunes' reviewed by NZ musician and build a bigger stronger fanbase. Doug answered the following questions for muzic.net.nz:

How did you come up with the name The Adventures of Mikejoffa?

When I was sixteen during college, I had to write a short story for English homework. As I was very unorganised in ways I had to write the story on the bus on the way to school before the class. I wrote a psychedelic type story about a detective on a journey trying to find a watch and his encountering a realisation of his own life in the process. I called the story The Adventures of Mike Joffa. Later around 2005 I was a guitarist for Wellington band Amarna and I submitted a original song which I called Mikejoffa, with the well known quote "Mikejoffa it's time to die!". I had always thought Mikejoffa was a hidden identity of myself for truth and well being, even with difficulties and misfortunes in life. I used Mikejoffa as a vessel for my honest writing and deep thoughts and philosophy. In 2007 - 2008 Ezekiel Clark and I formed a group to start constructing our secret originals of the past and the future. What was the name going to be? The Adventures of Mikejoffa. Mikejoffa begun as a name for a character but now is a word for its own evolution and meaning.

What sets you apart from other bands?

This question is hard as I believe every band has its own sound, individuality and personality. Mikejoffa have a strong attitude to what our songs mean and towards our love to our music and the tales we are telling. We try real hard to communicate with our crowds and make them feel a part of our show. We aint just entertainment, we are actors, philosophers, artists etc. Mikejoffa has a broad range of styles which always capture peoples thoughts on our genre, its not just one. Mikejoffa have played at town lounges, metal bars, rock bars, cafes. But most importantly our faith and strength keeps us strong as a band, through all our hardships we keep going and never give up!

Tell us about your next release.

'Miss Fortunes' is our first LP. It is a unfortunate tale of teenage alcoholism, the questions why?, death, depressive lust, young adult alcoholism, suicidal thoughts, the evolution of technology, the ignorance of the universe, youth decision and choice, reflection of change and rebirth... However on the flipside it is a hilarious and enjoyable tale of teenage fun, hope, appreciation of life and death, realisation of decisions, living young and free, being saved from suicide by something so simple, the luxuries of technology, the wonders of space and time, the effects of young life to enhance the future and awareness of tommorow is another day. Hope you enjoy The Adventures of Mikejoffa - 'Miss Fortunes'

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

All I can say is things may not be how you want them, but you have to make a start, you have to create your product so to speak. It's no good staying in your head or your bedroom, bring it out and accept how it is flourished, things can be perfected and learnt along the way, but you cannot do this unless you make a start. Mikejoffa have struggled with getting songs written, members staying, recordings done, but we make do. We find ways around problems and make it work. Out of three hard and fun years, we have written over thirty songs, created two CD's, had several members come and go, developed our own Joffa family of artists and crew, gigged at least once a month! Its a hard road, but it is enjoyable as you realise you have something more stronger than you thought. I would rather have known that I have created my own music than wishing I had! Do it and don't do it for anyone else but you and your group!

What rumour would you like to start about the Adventures of Mikejoffa?

The first song written for Mikejoffa has not been released yet. It is seven years old! We hope to produce it for a album soon!

Mikejoffa has spoken.


About The Adventures Of Mikejoffa

The Adventures Of Mikejoffa formed in Wellington and the Wairarapa 2010 by Doug ten Broeke and Ezekiel Clark.

Mikejoffa has an eclectic style ranging from various forms of rock music such as grunge, punk, metal and classic rock/psychedelic. The sound reflects mainly upon the themes and tales they tell in their lyrics. They can express soulful ballads or aggressive energy that's hard hitting yet honest.

Mikejoffa has performed over 50 shows across New Zealand. They were placed 3rd in a local Battle of the Bands competition, produced 3 album releases, 2 music videos and featured on Wairarapa TV for their 50th show. Most of their release celebrations have been during NZ Music Month.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for The Adventures Of Mikejoffa


Missed Four Tunes (EP)
Year: 2014
Type: EP
Miss Fortunes
Year: 2013
Type: Album
Year: 2011
Type: EP

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