Sure we’ve heard about you before, but we think it’s time for Tone Deaf to get to know you a little better. Slip in to something comfortable while we put on some music, pour us a couple of drinks and turn the lights down low.
Who are you and what do you do in your act?
Josh. I play keyboard and sing a bit.
‘Fess up. What records have you stolen from your parents’ record collection and why?
ELO – Time. Fleetwood Mac – Rumours. War of the Worlds – Soundtrack. Because they’re awesome.
What’s on heavy rotation on your iPod right now?
Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On. I’ve been listening to it for like a year now. I can’t stop.
‘Home taping is killing the music business’ was the catch-cry of the record industry in the 1970s and 1980s, but it managed to survive until now. What do you think is the difference between mates taping copies of friend’s records back in the 80s and 90s and file sharing now?
Well, for starters file sharing is anonymous and worldwide (as opposed to a circle of friends), but the main difference is the scale. I think it’s already killed the music business somewhat, as it was. It doesn’t seem to be a death though, just the adolescence of an industry that has a looooong way to go.
You must answer this question honestly or we steal your rider. What was the first gig you went to.?Where was it and what was the venue?
It was in Adelaide, at Enigma Bar and was a pop-punk band called Thinktank. I remember being escorted by my friend’s Dad, buying the stickers and winning a free Mars bar.
What’s your favourite site to download music from and do you ever pay for it? Can we find any of your releases there?
Generally Piratebay. I bought the keyring to support them. My old band’s EP and singles are still on Mininova.org (with a total of nearly 20,000 downloads).
What artist made you want to pick up an instrument and/or sing?
Hahaha. John Farnham I believe.
Have you ever been arrested?
Yes. We were sentenced to eternal cover-gigging on 17 planets, luckily Earth isn’t one of them…
Do you have any particular ritual before you go on stage, or even a lucky charm you take with you?
We haven’t played a show yet, so we’ll see. Our instruments are pretty lucky though.
Supposing you were to be playing sold out stadiums on your next tour, what outrageous rider requests would you submit?
Steve Jobs personally looking after our 4 Macbooks on stage. We’ll throw them to the crowd after the show – instead of drumsticks (soooo out of date…)
Because it’s more fun to do things together, which living Australian artist would you most like to collaborate with? Tell us why?
Neil Finn. Definitely. Mostly because he’s a genius, but also he just seems like such a nice guy. (We know he’s technically not Australian, but I think we’ve claimed him for long enough).
Right, let’s get really intimate. Tell us what releases you have that we can listen to with the lights down low, or even better, where we can see you play in person next. Naturally, don’t forget to give us the link to your Facebook fan page too.
Our first gig is this Thursday, 28. July at The Grace Darling Hotel. We are headlining, supported by Butcher Blades/ and Kidney 3.. To find out more about Dreamers, look up our page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/dreamersmusic), listen to a couple of demos (with the lights out and headphones on) and like us, if you like us…