17 Oct 2019

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

Arrays - Interview with JP Carroll / Arrays

07 Oct 2019 // An interview by Steve Shyu

Arrays is the current side-project of JP Carroll, the lead singer and songwriter of renowned hard-rockers Armed in Advance. The three-piece act enjoyed loads of airplay on The Rock with their hit singles Same Old Story and Stay, as well as supporting Villainy and I Am Giant live on the stage. For two years, JP has quietly been embarking on another musical journey a little more personal, releasing music under his pseudonym Arrays.

Muzic.net.nz's Steve S. hit up JP himself for a chat about his ambitions, the benefits of being in a one-man band, and what Kiwi groups rocks his socks.

First round’s on me – What’ll you be having?

I'll have a half raspberry, half coke - I'm driving.

In a dozen words or less, describe what Arrays sounds like.

Like one guy playing all the instruments in a rock band. Twelve.

What are some direct – and some not-so-obvious – Influences on the sonic aspect of Arrays?

Direct influences would have to be Incubus and Deftones; indirect influences are bands like Periphery and Northlane. I love heavy melodic rock that borders on metal.

What are the biggest pros and cons between writing music as a solo artist and writing in a band?

The pros to a solo project: Cheap travel - Not a lot of band arguments - Easy to organise everybody.
The cons to a solo project: Can't play live - They say, "By yourself you can go fast, but with others you can go far." I'm still not sure what that means, but it sounds pretty smart.

Run us through the lyrical background to your single The Enemy – what inspired it?

The Enemy is about recognising that emotions and thoughts represent just an aspect of ourselves, and that there is an inherent power in observing these mind states, rather than being carried away by them.

As a musician, what do you think is the most important quality in creating music that captivates listeners?

First of all, I have no idea. But it might be making the music sound as good as you can and executing the ideas in your head to the highest standard you can.

What have been some important turning points in your musical career so far?

In my creative journey I think it's realising that being creative is a process and not an outcome, and that enjoying every step in the process is more important than the end product.

With an album and a handful of singles released to date under the Arrays banner, which track to date is your personal favourite and/or the proudest of?

I'm most proud of Centre of the Earth, which was the first single I released under Arrays. It was eye-opening to me that I could produce something in my home studio that could be compelling enough for people to want to listen to.

Which three bands would you most like to share a stage with and perform?

Pearl Jam, Deftones and Mouse Rat.

What Kiwi artists/bands have you been jamming lots of lately?

Coridian and Outside In.

Do you have any plans on making Arrays a live, full-band experience?

I'd love to, but there is a lot of work that goes into getting a live band happening. I think it's a supply and demand issue, so if there's a demand, I will supply it.

Care to share any words on the current status of Armed in Advance or any other musical projects in the works?

Current state of Armed In Advance: Dead... Current state of my new band, Swerve City: Soon...

Be sure to keep an eye on Muzic.net.nz for future releases from JP Carroll and Arrays!


About Arrays

Arrays is the solo studio project of JP Carroll. A palate of heavy rock with prog influences, Arrays is guitar centric, melodic and anchored in groove. Always seeking ways to improve and expand sustainably, the project is run on a minimal budget, with the lion’s share of tasks undertaken by the solo artist - from writing and performance, to engineering and mixing.

Conceptualised in 2016 as further creative outlet from then-band Armed In Advance, Arrays has morphed into a mission to create without constraint, always in search of improvement upon the previous effort.

2017’s debut EP, Motives, introduced the intent of the project. Lead single Centre of the Earth garnered surprise attention and featured a music video shot by the talented Francis Wheeler.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Arrays


Year: 2017
Type: EP

Other Interviews By Steve Shyu

Interview with Melodownz
14 Sep 2019 // by Steve Shyu
Raised in West Auckland, Melodownz is making strides in the rap industry both in NZ and globally. He began creating spoken word and later discovered the art of freestyle and hip-hop, which led to the success of his 2017 EP Avontales, touring Europe and now working on his next album.
Interview with Michael Murphy from Written by Wolves
21 Aug 2019 // by Steve Shyu
Written by Wolves have been hailed as the princes of anthemic alternative rock in Aotearoa; blowing away audiences and fans alike with their energising and unforgettable live sets. For nigh on a decade, the five-piece group from Auckland have secured opening slots on tours with Devilskin and Blindspott, as well as dominating festival stages like Storm the Gates, Bay Dreams and Ohakune Mardi Gras, all to critical acclaim.
Interview: Amanaki
11 Jul 2019 // by Steve Shyu
Formed from various Auckland and Hamilton metal and hardcore bands, Amanaki is a name rising in the extreme music scenes of Aotearoa. Adding on top of existing EPs and singles, the band's impassioned and bold performances are turning plenty of heads this side of the country.
Interview: Albi & The Wolves
10 Jul 2019 // by Steve Shyu
Albi & The Wolves are making 2019 all theirs. After three years or performing, touring and connecting with people, their new album This Is War will be making an impact on 26 July.
Interview: Thomas Brothers
18 Jun 2019 // by Steve Shyu
Four brothers. One band.
Interview with Rob Joass from Hobnail
14 Jun 2019 // by Steve Shyu
Any thoughts on the current state of country music in NZ and where you see it headed? It has grown up and spawned bastard children all over the place, which is exciting and healthy.
Interview with Marcus from City of Souls
24 Apr 2019 // by Steve Shyu
Over the years, City of Souls have carved their name deep into the alternative rock scene of Aotearoa, topping national charts and opening for countless international acts. With new music in the works, and a countrywide tour mapped out, the six-man band are certainly showing no signs of slowing.
Interview with Bevan & Jason from Hunt the Witch
23 Apr 2019 // by Steve Shyu
Auckland rock quartet Hunt the Witch have been kicking around the Aotearoa stoner rock/metal scene since 2013, now with one EP down, and a heavy handful of riff-filled singles the guys have a debut LP ready to light on 17th May. Paul T Gheist from Muzic.
View All Articles By Steve Shyu

NZ Top 10 Singles

    Tones And I
    Travis Scott
    Post Malone
    DRAX Project feat. Six60
  • 10,000 HOURS
    Dan + Shay feat. Justin Bieber
    Shawn Mendes And Camila Cabello
    Maroon 5
    Ed Sheeran feat. Khalid
    Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus
    Lewis Capaldi
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem