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. So, tell us about yourselves…Who are you – who who? We really wanna know….
Who are you and what do you do in your act?
Jimmy Meegan, I sing and play bass in Jimmy and The Mirrors
‘Fess up. What records have you stolen from your parent’s record collection and why?
The Grease Soundtrack. The sounds of John Travolta and Olivia Newton John singing about summer love were too good for me to resist.
What’s on heavy rotation on your iPod right now?
Kimbra. Incredible voice.
‘Home taping is killing the music business was the catch-cry of the record industry in the 1970s, 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?
File sharing is on a global scale where people in Romania can upload a song on the net and half of Brazil can download it for free. Whilst this can have enormous advantages for independent musicians getting their songs out to people, it destroys the monetary value of music and it’s almost seen today as a throw-away product.
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?
Red Hot Chilli Pepers, Adelaide, Entertainment centre.
What’s your favourite site to download music from and do you ever pay for it? Can we find any of your releases there?
iTunes, I regularly shop on itunes and Jimmy and The Mirrors have music available there.
What artist made you want to pick up an instrument and/or sing?
The Spice Girls. I got pretty obsessive when I was 10 until I realised they couldn’t sing or play instruments. I still love their songs though.
Have you ever been arrested?
Do you have any particular ritual before you go on stage, or even a lucky charm you take with you?
I like wearing a colourful shirt, something a little out of the ordinary. It feels like a uniform and makes me think I’ve got a job to do.
What’s been your most outrageous rider request?
Paella. However it was for a solo gig in Spain and the restaurant was known for it’s paella, so really it wasn’t that outrageous.
Because it’s more fun to do things together, which living Australian artist would you most like to collaborate with? Tell us why?
The Wiggles. We could make millions.
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.
We’ve just released a new EP entitled Hard To Find. Check out the film clip and if you want to buy the EP, just head to itunes. We’re playing the Ed Castle in Adelaide on Christmas Eve 2011 and touring to Robe, Mt Gambier, Warnmambool and Melbourne in early January. Find out when you can see us play.