FAULT Interviews: cult NZ band Fat Freddy’s Drop

Fat Freddy’s Drop have come a long way since their early years as a jam band in New Zealand. Their 2003 single ‘Midnight Marauders’ catapulted them into the musical consciousness after it was championed by Germany’s top DJs, winning the band a new legion of fans all over Europe. Fast forward a few years and they’ve got some formidable achievements under their belt, from playing at the Cannes Film Festival to achieving a nine-times-platinum album in New Zealand with their 2005 LP Based on a True Story.

Trombonist Joe Lindsay spoke to FAULT in between preparing for their UK shows.

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Fat Freddy’s Drop on-stage at Brixton Academy – 5th Oct ‘ 13

FAULT: You released your latest album Blackbird in June, how’s that been received so far?
Joe: Really good, we’re stoked with the public’s reaction both in Europe and New Zealand. It’s great coming over here and singing to an audience that knows the words.

Do you see the release and reaction to ‘Midnight Marauders’ in 2003 as a pivotal moment in your career?
Yeah, it was picked up by a Detroit DJ, Recluse, who took it over to Germany, then it started getting noticed by people like Gilles Peterson. We planned a lot of gigs on the back of the interest it got. We’ve been back to Europe almost every year since then and we see a new crowd each time, which is great, but we’ve managed to build a loyal fan base there too. We don’t take any of it for granted; it’s really pleasing to see the shows getting bigger every time we come back.

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Tell us a bit about the music scene in your native New Zealand.
It’s a tight scene because it’s a small country so everyone knows everyone and celebrates each other’s success. It’s great to see young talent, like Lorde – she’s from Auckland – getting recognition outside of New Zealand. There comes a point, though, when you need to leave, or you’d never break out of those circles.

How do you feel about the present-day popular music industry, with its powerful marketing and ‘manufactured’ acts?
I’m not against it, but that wouldn’t have worked for us. We did things our way and I think that’s given us our longevity. If you treat music as a brand, it will go out of fashion. I guess I feel a kind of protectiveness to youngsters who are in that position because you’ve got to be careful how you play the game. Some of the young acts around today play good songs, but I worry they’ll be chewed up and spat out.

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America hasn’t featured heavily on any of your past tours. Is it a priority to you to ‘crack’ America as it is with many other bands?
America’s great and we would love to do more there, but Europe has always been our priority because it’s been so good to us and that’s where our fans are. We really enjoyed playing in California though, so I think if we went back we’d focus on there.

Tell us a bit about your musical and cultural influences.
We’re all from different musical backgrounds so there’s all sorts in there; jazz, electro, reggae, rock…we each have our own preferences and we try to include them all in our music. With some of us being of Maori origin, that’s also a big part of what we do but it’s not what defines us. Some of Dallas’s [Tamaira, the lead singer] lyrics are very evocative of the landscape and culture of New Zealand.

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Lindsay, known for his on-stage antics, gets his sweat on (and kit off) at the Brixton Academy gig

A few of you are fathers – are your kids showing any signs of following in your musical footsteps?
Well, my boy’s nearly ten now and he wants to be a rapper. I keep telling him the lyrics aren’t appropriate! I want him to follow his own path so I’m not going to be the guy who takes him to auditions. Music is there if he wants it.

What’s your FAULT?
I’m sure the woman in my life would tell you it’s my messiness!

FFD’s latest album, Blackbird, is out now:

www.fatfreddysdrop.com

 

Words by Thea de Gallier
Images by Charlie Page

GRIZZLY BEAR PREMIERE “YET AGAIN,” NEW SINGLE FROM FORTHCOMING LP ‘SHIELDS’

Grizzly Bear have recently revealed their new single, ‘Yet Again’, which featured as Huw Stephens’ ‘Hottest Record in the World’. The track is taken from their new album entitled ‘Shields’ which will be released on September 7th. The band is also set to perform the song on leading US satirical show, ‘The Colbert Report’ this month as part of StePhest Colbchella RocktAugustfest, taking place aboard the USS Intrepid.

Shields’ is the band’s follow up album to their 2009 release of ‘Veckatimest’, which sold over 30,000 copies in its first week and debuted within the top ten of the US Billboard 200. 

Grizzly Bear are are set to headline End of the Road Festival in Dorset on September 1st before kicking off an international tour on September 16th, which will see the band also headline at the Brixton Academy on October 22nd which is a massive and well deserved achievement for the band.

Keep an eye out for more on Grizzly Bear in FAULT Fall…

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FAULT Favourite KAV to support KASABIAN & Band of Skulls @ Brixton Academy

 

FAULT Issue 10 star KAV is fast becoming one of the UK’s most exciting live acts. After releasing single ‘Blaggers N’ Liars 2012’ back in March the Leicester born musician received high praises for his authentic rock sound.

KAV’s music is full of edgy guitar riffs, dirty baselines and backed by a strong raspy vocals. This has led to him being compared to some of rock music’s biggest legends – “KAV combines the Speed of the Scream with the Swagger of The Stones.”

KAV has now been confirmed to open for Kasabian @ Brixton Academy with Band Of Skulls (also featured in FAULT Issue 10) on August 20th.

Check out the video for Blaggers & Liars below

 

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