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Temples on Mars - Agent

03 Oct 2004 // An interview by Shade
This interview taken from the muzic.net.nz newsletter:

1) Who are your favourite New Zealand musicians/bands?

That is a difficult question as there are so many good acts out there I don't have just one and I enjoy a variety music so I'll just say 8 Foot Sativa, Shihad, Blindspott, Deja Voodoo, Chuganaut, Voodoo Butta, The Datsuns, Fur Patrol, Stardrunk, Tadpole....its so hard, they're all special in there own way!

2) Who would you most like to support live?

I have my preferences but basically we'll support anyone who is there to play for the music and to have a good time whilst doing it. We don't have any time for "rockstars", it so much more appealing when you play with bands that you can have fun with!

3) What is the strangest thing that has happened to you while playing on tour?

Lots and lots of stuff, most of which I probably can't tell you about, but lets just say nakedness, alcohol, paint, and eggs - you do the math!

4) Where do you see Agent in 5 years?

Still doing our thing but on a bigger scale. We're building up our crew all the time, when we started gigging about 18 months ago it was just us, now we have a driver, soundman, sponsors, road-manager, roadies, our group just keeps getting bigger. We're continually taking things to the next level - it is the only way. We have our goals and we're not gonna rest until we get there, we'll sleep when we're dead.

5) What advice would you give other budding musicians/bands?

For starters play the music that you want to play and hear yourself.

Secondly set your goals and work out the steps you have to take to get there, there are always multiple paths to the same result.

Stay focused but don't take things too seriously, you have to be able to laugh at yourself and rememeber to have fun, this is why you started playing music in the first place.
 

About Temples on Mars

Temples on Mars is a London based progressive rock band. Originally formed in New Zealand (NZ) under the name Agent, the band relocated to London in 2008. Featuring James Donaldson on vocals and guitar, Daz Carikas on bass, Gerald Gill on guitars, and Dean Gibb on drums, Temples on Mars produces accessible, progressive tinged, rock music.

To date, Temples on Mars have headlined their own NZ tours and UK shows, featured at UK Rock festivals, released two EP’s, plus two full length albums: Expand/Contract which was given 5/5 stars by NZ’s leading music magazine Rip It Up and NZ Musician magazine, making a name for them in their native NZ, and their second album Kingdom of Fear, which created a buzz in the prog-rock scene in the UK and Europe earning the band a 2014 UK progressive music award nomination.

After relocating to London, Temples on Mars quickly became regulars on the live music scene and have shared the stage with numerous UK bands including Skindred, Devil Sold His Soul, Black Peaks, InMe and I Am Giant to name a few. Temples on Mars subsequently teamed up with long time friend and producer Paul Matthews of I Am Giant fame (whose production credits also include OpShop, Blindspott, Stylus and Six60). With Matthews, Temples on Mars began work on their second full length album Kingdom of Fear which was released world wide in December 2013. Kingdom of Fear was mastered by Tom Coyne (Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus, I Am Giant) of Sterling Sound in New York.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Temples on Mars

Releases

Temples On Mars
Year: 2018
Type: Album
Kingdom Of Fear
Year: 2013
Type: Album
Expand / Contract
Year: 2006
Type: Album
The Pheng Nom Shakedown
Year: 2003
Type: EP

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