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Unknown - Whistlejacket Newsletter Interview

30 Sep 2014 // An interview by Shade

Whistlejacket is a four-piece band from Auckland. Their sound draws influence from a wide range of songwriters and bands spanning decades and genres. The resulting music is a mixture of electro pop and contemporary indie dance, which they deem as 'modern day pop art.' Thanks to the band for answering the following questions:

Who are your role models in the NZ music industry?

Joel Little, Ashley Page, Scott Maclachlan, for taking NZ music to the world. Broods and Lorde are shedding light on a very promising path for the rest of NZ’s talented musicians.

Which one of your songs are you most proud of, and why?

We are proud of a song we wrote a couple of weeks ago – we cant stop listening to it in our Dropbox. It has this cool building intro and then drops this super laid back 80’s beat with a riff that kind of reminds you of The Beegees Stayin' Alive – but it's definitely not that. We wrote it on a writing weekend in Piha and it came together in about 30 minutes, its fucking choice. Its about a guy who got cheated on, broken the marriage and now has to build his life back up, with the skills he has.

Do you have any plans for future collaborations with other musicians? Who would they be?

We would love to collaborate with NZ musicians – we welcome the colab for sure, any musicians reading this please get in touch on Facebook. We played a gig with the Weird Together crew at MardiGras in Ohakune and that would be a fun collaboration – we loved their energy and the party they create when they’re all busting out the music together.

How would you describe Whistlejacket’s music in one sentence?

Its Indie Electro-Pop that has been inspired by the hits of the 60s, 70s 80s (not really much in the 90s) and the technology available today.

What has been your most memorable show to date?

MardiGras – Ohakune playing to a few thousand people in onesies on a freezing night in Ohakune. Everything went a bit mental thanks to Luke and PJ from ZM and the bad boy General Lee himself. Not to mention the pot-touting, 9-day-bender resembling duo of Peking Duk. What were they on..?

What local albums have you been enjoying recently?


What is Whistlejacket’s long term goal?

To play local and International festivals – the best part is playing live and hanging out with other musicians, we’re a fucking great lot.

What inspired you to start Whistlejacket?

Whistlejacket formed out of a collective group of Musos that used to turn up on a Thursday at Float and then Pony Club in Auckland for a night called Sing Sing, organised by Brooke Howard Smith. Paul, Andy, Roy and I started playing covers at private functions and became great friends.

We started booking baches for weekend writing sessions and loved the writing we were doing and we all committed to the band from there. The writing part is the easiest part for our band, which is the best part about being in a band, apart from playing live gigs. We got pretty inspired after our first writing weekend, being able to then listen to about 8 tracks in the Dropbox that we had recorded over the weekend.

How did you come up with the name Whistlejacket?

The name Whistlejacket comes from a famous horse that was painted by George Stubbs in the 1700’s of the Marquess of Rockinghams horse – Whiustlejacket.

Adam had a replica of the painting in his hallway, and along with owning a couple of horses and drawing inspiration from the fine steeds, the band thought it fitting to take the name Whistlejacket.


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