09|07|08   Solo Electronic Tour: Day 2 – Wanganui (Eye of Night)

Despite the nagging street noise of nearby clubs and the overall cold nighttime temperatures, I actually slept rather well. Thomas and I didn’t have all that far to drive to our first show in Wanganui, so we took our time with breakfast and Thomas even got a bit of practice in. After hauling Thomas’s gear downstairs, we played a bit of real life 3D Tetris in trying to fit it all into the car, and then made our way up north along the coastal road.

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09|05|08   New Zealand Skier Documentary uses Scattering the Sun!

Scattering the Sun used for NZ Skier documentary! from Mark Roberts on YouTube.

I am so stoked about this! I got back from the tour all exhausted, but one of the nice things I did the morning after my first sleep was to open up a package Bucket Productions sent me, which included a free mag of New Zealand Skier and a bloody awesome NZ Ski DVD, which I had offered my music to for free.

The resulting documentary is totally radical, with guys and girls essentially jumping of terrifyingly dangerous-looking mountain cliffs and twisting their bodies, like nothing could ever be more natural and simple.

Anyhow, they used the entirety of Scattering The Sun Like Gunshot for the opening intro chapter (like 7 minutes + long!!), which had me grinning so wide I had to massage my face after watching the DVD for fear of cramping up.

Without anyone’s permission (please no lawsuits ya’ll!), I threw up a short clip of the opening sequence just to give all of you a feel for how well the track works with the slow-mo skiing footage. Check out the video, and if you’re into that sort of stuff, definitely grab a copy of the mag and video (New Zealand Skier and Basket Productions).

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09|05|08   The perils of not being in control of everything yourself

Re.: a national radio session I did whilst on tour. on their online version they accidentally left out the guitars and had the wrong track titles listed. nothing serious… i love my national radio, after all! :) … but I thought the following chat with my buddy, Dan, was kind of funny :).

Daniel Batkin-Smith: dude, got the link to the NatRad thing?
The Enright House: Erm. Sorry, what are you talking about, again? :)
Daniel Batkin-Smith: your status message
Daniel Batkin-Smith: about missing guitars
The Enright House: oh
The Enright House: ha
Daniel Batkin-Smith: I wanna hear
The Enright House: no fuck you
The Enright House: ha
The Enright House: i’m sure it will be fixed in a few days
Daniel Batkin-Smith: ah come on
Daniel Batkin-Smith: sook
The Enright House: why do you want to hear a 13 minute guitar song that has no guitar in the mix?
The Enright House: explain that, and MAYBE, I will oblige your ludicrous request
The Enright House: that is, if you haven’t already found it yourself with your mad internet powers :P
Daniel Batkin-Smith: I want to hear what it sounds like WITHOUT guitars, out of interest
Daniel Batkin-Smith: fuck you i’ll find it myself!
The Enright House: ha
The Enright House: darnit!!!
The Enright House: FINE
Daniel Batkin-Smith: hahahahahaha
The Enright House: here
The Enright House: SIGH SIGH SIGGGHHHHHH!!!
Daniel Batkin-Smith: thanks buddy
Daniel Batkin-Smith: good trip back?
The Enright House: ha yeah man
The Enright House: despite a delayed ferry it wasn’t too bad at all
Daniel Batkin-Smith: good one
Daniel Batkin-Smith: so have you mailed Kirsten about it?
The Enright House: ha of course. and texted
The Enright House: it’ll no doubt be fixed
The Enright House: or taken down
The Enright House: depending on what happened
Daniel Batkin-Smith: dude… you broadcast that field recording on National Radio!
The Enright House: haha
Daniel Batkin-Smith: talk about not being audience friendly
Daniel Batkin-Smith: you run the risk of alienating a good majority of a possible audience
The Enright House: it’s so friendly it’s smiling like godzilla on its wedding day
The Enright House: what am I? robbie williams?
Daniel Batkin-Smith: you could be, I guess
The Enright House: what do i care about alienating people?
Daniel Batkin-Smith: if you really want
The Enright House: that’s right, i could entertain you. and you. and you. and you, too.
Daniel Batkin-Smith: if only we let you
Daniel Batkin-Smith: (ooh that’s a good one)
The Enright House: ( ,,|,, )

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09|05|08   The futility of flogging music

Ha. Oh my gosh. This article on Music Think Tank is so spot on it makes me want to cry, laugh hysterically, and jump out the window face first.

This part, especially, evoked nothing but sighs and nods from me:

People can download virtually any music for free these days, arguing that it’s OK, bands can make money by touring, instead. Which is like casually suggesting to the owner of an off license, after he’s spotted you nicking a bottle of wine, that he can sell a few crisps to make up for it. And anyway, The Rolling Stones might well gross millions on a world tour, but nearly all bands lose money hand over fist while on the road.

(I just lost well over 600 NZD touring the North Island!)

People might come out with stats about live music revenues being on a gradual incline, but believe me – having been in bands known and unknown, and done tour budgets for countless others – touring represents a black hole of disappearing cash for musicians. Sound engineers might get paid, promoters ensure that they get their cut, but precious little filters down to the musicians, unless they’re lucky enough to get tour support from the record company. Which is actually an advance. Which means that, er, it’s their money in the first place.

Read the full article here.

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09|01|08   Interview with Stephanie Cairns for Salient Magazine

Stephanie, a writer for Salient, made it out to our Brown Note show in Wellington last week, and interviewed Thomas (i.ryoko) and myself about our music and our solo electronic tour of the north island:

Salient: What are your top local bands/artists? Is there anyone out there who isn’t getting the attention they deserve?

Me: Anyone who puts their heart and soul into their music and has the courage to release and perform it is, in my opinion, deserving of a certain amount of respect. As far as who’s getting attention and who isn’t, what does any of it matter in the long run? Those who are serious and passionate about their art will continue unabated on their journey, be it with or without the support of the masses, industries, or specific scenes. If you have heart, conviction, and never give up pursuing what you love, then, I believe, you have a chance at building a life worth living. Of what value is attention then, when compared to the love of existence?

Read the entire interview and live review on Salient’s site.

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08|26|08   Electronic Solo Tour: i.Ryoko at the Palmerston Library

A short clip I made of Thomas performing his i.Ryoko set at the Palmerston North Library.

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08|25|08   Solo Electronic Tour: Day 1 – The Drive Up

I was hardly well prepared to start my journey when I woke up on Wednesday morning. I was to perform the very next day and had not even yet gotten around to practicing all songs, let alone pack. The ferry crossing from the South to North island would leave Picton around 6 PM, and I had roughly a 6 hour drive ahead of me, so I decided to get up as early as possible. That way, I would be able to pack up my gear and load up the car in time to depart around 10 AM.

Although I managed to get away on time without forgetting anything essential, I learned one very sobering lesson…

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08|23|08   Solo Electronic Tour: And On Sunday We Rest

I’ll update properly tomorrow, but I just wanted to take a few seconds and let you know that Thomas and I are both well and happy. We just played our first three shows on our solo tour, and are having a wonderful experience, thus far. Wanganui and Wellington were just so special, it’s a bit hard to put in words, so until I make a proper attempt to do so tomorrow afternoon, I’ll just share with you a few photos of our set-up from this weekend’s shows.

Thursday, Wanganui @ The Eye Of Night:

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08|19|08   Pre-Tour Freakout and Live Setup

A wee video diary about the impending tour and the gear I’m using:

Pre-Tour Freakout and Live Setup from Mark Roberts on Vimeo.

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08|14|08   My top-5 list on Cheese on Toast :)

I totally adore lists. They suit my temperament. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a tidy person. In fact, in many ways I am a total slob. Nevertheless, my mind has a tendency to prefer tidy concepts, symmetry, order, or really anything at all that would appeal to an obsessive-compulsive person like myself.

Anyhow, lists are fun, and so is talking about music. You can imagine then, how genuinely delighted I was that Andrew, from Cheese on Toast, invited me to contribute a TOP5 list for his site.

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08|08|08   Kimo – Surrender

My friend Rob is pretty much my hero. He works really hard, writes and produces fantastic music, has run one of New Zealand’s longest running labels (Failsafe Records), is much more himself than I am myself, is in a wonderful relationship, runs his own recording studio, doesn’t drink, doesn’t take drugs, and is more passionate about great music than almost anyone I know. In short, Rob is one of my very best friends, and I’m really proud of that fact.

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08|05|08   Old Kiss Kiss Bang Bang live video

Watch this video on YouTube, Revver, MySpace, Metacafe, Google or DailyMotion.

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