Every now and then the blog will throw a handful of questions at an artist/band - read below for our Quick Five with the up-and-coming New Zealand act, Ezra Vine, who I’ve personally been dying to learn more about and hear what’s next.
What made you make the leap from the bedroom-pop instrumentals of your previous project, Les Enfants, to the now indie/folk outfit of Ezra Vine?
I’d always been an indie/rock musician, composing instrumentals and folk tunes was something I did on the side while touring with other musicians down under. Once I started to get traction with Les Enfants it was a great opportunity to stop the touring and really focus on what I wanted to do long-term. I knew that the sound of what I wanted to do long-term was different to even the Les Enfants stuff so a name change
What are your goals for Ezra Vine – can we expect an EP or full length any time soon?
Yeah, we got an EP on the way for early next year, the sound will be evolving further, and we’ll just take it from there. As for goals, its really as simple as exploring different sounds and textures within pop and indie music, and hoping that it connects with a decent crowd. I’d love to be playing the festival circuit later.
I heard Les Enfants made it onto MTV’s radar but you politely declined – does this mean it will be awhile before we can catch you outside of your native New Zealand?
Probably – there’s a lot to focus on down here before I can get over there, the new tunes are on the way but not ready yet, and its costly to work more than one territory at a time. But I’m looking forward to finally heading to the USA and kicking it with the fellow Kiwis in NYC and LA. Having said that, something crazy may happen and I’ll be there before you know it.
For those of us not familiar with the island country – describe the music scene there. Any favorite places to play or reasons music lovers should check out New Zealand?
The scene here is pretty hardworking, we have a bunch of musicians and a very supportive arts community, there seems to be talent cropping up everywhere at the moment. One of my favourite places to play was in Christchurch before the city got hammered by a couple of massive earthquakes a few years back, it was the Town Hall there, by far one of the nicest sounding and feeling rooms I’ve ever played.
Lastly, give us a few tracks/artists that you’ve been listening to heavily. Any recent inspiration?
I’m a huge fan of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Ruban Neilsen is a melodic genius, I’ve been listening to some early Moby tracks which take me way back, and Bach’s Harpsichord Concertos which just blow my mind – I’d only heard them played on piano before, it’s not till I heard them played on a harpsichord that the technique required and mathematical precision of it all really started to click, it’s insane.
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