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Starving Millions - Starving Millions Newsletter Interview

27 Aug 2017 // An interview by Shade
Starving Millions released their new hard-hitting EP on September 1st. showcases a more focused and progressive approach to a sound created through a love of Hardcore and Punk, taking influences from such bands as Gallows, Norma Jean and Touche Amore among others. The songs within are those of a band who have grown together as a unit and refuse to accept current local and world injustices. At a mere 13 mins of music this EP packs in 5 tracks with a punch and showcases the direction of where the band is taking their music.

The band will be debuting their new EP live to Australian audiences through the second half of September,and then November / December in New Zealand.

Dave answered the following questions for muzic.net.nz:

How did you become involved in music?

Waaaaay back during high school - dad had an old drum kit in the garage that I taught myself on listening to tapes - then joined some mates to form a band.

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

For this band I would say We Fan The Flames - just the way it came out really captured the vibe and really sums up the different facets of the Starving Millions sound I think - I originally wrote it for our new EP V, I but decided to record it earlier for the Churlington Split EP.

How would you describe your music to someone who hasn't heard it before?

Loud, Fast hardcore punk - distorted guitars, pumpling drums and abrasive vocals.

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

We released our new EP V on 1 September, and we'll be off to tour Australia's east coast for 2 weeks. Over the next year... At least another EP or two and more international touring as well as the usual local ventures up and down NZ.

What NZ musicians or bands would you like to see more of, and why?

Always keen to see Hollywoodfun Downstairs - best spazzy noise hardcore I have seen, and even as a 2 piece now they still have a wall of sound! Also if Parents were still a band I would love to see them play again - perfect blend of chaos and well thought out songs.

What local albums have you been enjoying recently?

Yor Cronies - I Want to Quit and Sick Old Man - Tribunus Plebis.

What is your favourite NZ venue, and why?

Toss up between Valhalla in welly and Whammy in Aucks - both are run by awesome humans passionate about less mainstream music - have been playing both these venues for many years and there is just something about their dark, boozey, great sounding rooms that really make me feel at home.

Have you got any tips for dealing with nerves before a gig?

It used to be getting a few drinks in me, but more recently I have found just getting to the venue and hanging with the band is good, have a soundcheck always helps release some of the built up nervous energy.

How do you balance your music with other obligations; family, job etc?

Haha I don’t know if I would say it was balanced - but we all work full time to support our musical habits. A usual week for me I would be work followed by 1-2 rehearsals, at least 1 gig, 2-3 hours each day doing band related admin, design or audio work.

Where do you get your inspiration to create music from?

Listening to a wide variety of music and finding certain aspects that I like and morphing that into whatever musical project I am working on.

Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians?

Buy your own equipment, even if it’s not “top of the line” and don’t rely on other people to make things happen. Being predominantly DIY and self sufficient over the years really has offered a lot of freedom and satisfaction that may not have happened if my bands were more reliant on external assistance.
 

About Starving Millions

Starving Millions are a hardcore Punk band from Wellington City.
Never ones to let idle hands take over, the band has released a string of albums and EPs since their formation in 2013, as well as touring locally and abroad.

In true DIY fashion Starving Millions take care of all areas of the band in house or through local friends; from recording, production and distribution of the music, through to design, photography and production of merch.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Starving Millions

Releases

VI
Year: 2018
Type: EP
Live At Paisley Stage
Year: 2018
Type: Album
V
Year: 2017
Type: EP
Live At Valhalla
Year: 2017
Type: EP
IV
Year: 2016
Type: EP
III
Year: 2015
Type: Album
II
Year: 2014
Type: EP
I
Year: 2013
Type: EP

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