As if this year hasn't been amazing enough already, to top it off Mick Harvey agreed to write us some music! Not only that but he will be joining us on stage to play organ and percussion. Not only that but he also answered some questions for us below.
Either read it first or read it after just make sure that you go and book some tickets now!
The show is this Saturday, November 26th at 4pm and 7pm, at The Melbourne Recital Centre, Salon. Bookings HERE.
When did you know that you wanted to be a musician?
I never did, really. It happened by accident. At some point I just realised I was still playing music and it had become something I could keep doing and I was enjoying it.
What was your first instrument?
What is the strangest music gig/job that you’ve done?
Singing (speaking, really) one Serge Gainsbourg song in a program at The Barbican in London. I had very little to do but the house band included members of the John Barry 7, Herbie Flowers on bass and the guitar players were Vic Flick and Big Jim Sullivan.
What is the strangest non-music job you’ve ever done?
Perhaps also the one I just described – was I doing any music that night? But no, really, it was probably working at the Tax Office when I left school.
Tell us about the music you have composed for TLSQ; was the process different from other projects you have written for?
Very different. Normally I am working with songs or to pictures of some sort. Composing this piece was like inventing something out of thin air or just using fairly intangible conceptual guidelines, so not like anything I’ve done before.
You have written music for film and television, how does this kind of work compare to band/song oriented music projects?
For me working on films or to lyrics has a similar process. When I first started working on films I found what I’d been doing with song based material for years had given me some level of training in what I needed to do. Perhaps that’s not normal, perhaps it was the cinematic nature of some of those songs which made my experience different to what’s normal.
You will be releasing your 4th volume of Serge Gainsbourg music, what initially drew you to his music?
What draws anyone to any particular piece of music? I’m not sure – something resonated with me and I just had to investigate further.
What is the next project that you are working on?
Might be a new band or at least a new project under a new banner but I’m not sure. I seem to be working on some songs which would not really belong with my existing solo work.
What music are you enjoying listening to right now?
Right now – the sound of silence interspersed with the occasional meow.
What is your favourite podcast?
I don’t actually listen to many podcasts though I know I should get started. But I’m not so far advanced as to have a favourite.
If you were not a musician or performing artist, what would be your ideal occupation?
Just voluntary work or working for Oxfam or something. Just anything where I’d feel I was doing something useful.