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?
I’m Adrian and I’m the vocalist for the Sydney based band Northlane.
‘Fess up. What records have you stolen from your parent’s record collection and why?
I took Californication – Red Hot Chili Peppers from my dad’s CD collection, he wasn’t too happy. I took it because he always played it in the car and I wanted to keep listening to it. Now I’m a bit older and still love their stuff. I have almost finished reading Anthony Kiedis’ biography and I recommend it.
What’s on heavy rotation on your iPod right now?
Falling & Flying – 360. He’s a rapper from Melbourne I really dig. Open Your Eyes – Tempest. Probably the heaviest band I’ve ever heard. Ever. Anything by Circa Survive or Lydia. Also new Defeater and Structures. I could sit here and list everything but I just try and keep up with music but there’s so much good music popping up in every genre around the world.
‘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?
The internet. If something is posted on the internet carelessly, it’s on there forever and thousands of people can have it in an instant. Back then kids I guess just did it for their favourite songs on the radio or to make homemade mix tapes. But it’s one of the reasons I try my best to buy as many records as I can afford especially if it’s Aussie music.
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?
Wenty Leagues Club, my mates invited me and I watched As Silence Breaks, Broken Silence, and a few other bands. I saw kids two stepping and throwing down in an RSL. I was 14 and I was stoked.
What’s your favourite site to download music from and do you ever pay for it? Can we find any of your releases there?
I usually get introduced to bands by friends and I check their websites out, see what they’re about and how well they’re going. If it’s Australian music I usually go in store to buy it. I love seeing my friends bands CD’s in stores. You gotta support!
What artist made you want to pick up an instrument and/or sing?
Once I started becoming a teenager and realising how awesome live music is, I quickly nagged my parents to buy me an acoustic guitar when I was getting into punk rock bands like Blink-182. Until this day I love them for it because it lead me to learn and play music, and is one of the reasons I’m playing music today.
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 do some simple warm ups just to make sure my throats ready. That’s about it.
What’s been your most outrageous rider request?
To be honest we don’t really get request things often but we went to Perth our mate Jeremy had steak, bacon, a fridge of horrible beer and a cricket set for us. We were stoked.
Because it’s more fun to do things together, which living Australian artist would you most like to collaborate with? Tell us why?
I would love for my band and The Bride our good mates to write a song together I think it would cause a black hole and destroy everything.
Right, let’s get really intimate. Tell us what releases you have that we can listen to with the lights down low?
Ahahahaha! Sigur Ros, Lydia, Evny on the coast. It’s my bedtime music.
Where we can see you play in person next?
My band is launching our album in just over a week. On the 10th at Hot Damn 18+ Oxford St Sydney and the day after on the 11th at Yo Yo’s in Manly (AA) we have our album launch shows. I think both shows are going to be crazy! Following this, we’ll be on the road for another 3 weeks around Australia in support of the release.