We are Snakadaktal, a family of five from Melbourne. We play a synthesis of lo-fi-ish pop with some big bits and little bits. We recently released our debut EP, which we supported with a handful of sold out shows up the east coast of Australia. Last year was a busy year for us, and 2012 looks to be taking the same path. In March/April, we are embarking on our first full national tour visiting major cities as well as some rural areas.
At the moment we are busy rehearsing, recording and writing new music, but all our minds are eagerly awaiting travelling the country and playing our music in fun dreamy glitter atmospheres, filled with boys and girls shaking their hips.
What’s your earliest memory of performing and who inspired you to start?
Phoebe: To try to remember where it all begun is tricky; I played cello for 7 years mainly because all of the girls at school chose violin and I wanted to be a boy. I think singing first came into my life when I first heard Bob Dylan, and when I learnt to whistle!
You must answer this question honestly or we steal your rider. What and where was the first gig you went to?
Phoebe: Missy Higgins at The Sydney Myer Music Bowl. All ages. Winner.
‘Fess up. What records have you stolen from your parent’s record collection and why?
Barna: Sean (vocals, guitar and synth) stole the 3 cd box set of the Disney Classics Collection from his parents. It lives in Sean’s car and makes constant appearances. I believe he wants to relieve his childhood memories and be forever young. Some may call him Peter Pan.
What’s on heavy rotation on your iPod right now?
CSS – La Liberation
Youth Lagoon – The Year of Hibernation
Grouplove – Never Trust A Happy Song
Eminem – Curtain Call
How do you find new music?
Barna: Radio, friends, festivals and bumping into it at the supermarket.
Do you have any particular ritual before you go on stage, or even a lucky charm you take with you?
Phoebe: A lovely dinner with the band is the usual preparation before performing. Also known as a full tummy.
If you could curate your own festival, where would it be, who would be on the bill, how many people would you let in and what features would it have (attractions/food/bars etc)?
Barna: Hmm, Finkel Festival. It would be in a beautiful paddock/grass backyard area with a amazing view onto mountains and such. We would let in about 3000, there would be a pool party and lots of kebab stalls. On the bill would be, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT, Chairlift, The Shins, Active Child, The Black Keys, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Lily Allen. Dream on!
When you’re Rolling Stones Big, what are you going to request on your rider: don’t be shy. We want specifics!
Barna: We would hope to just get what we request… If we are that big, expensive alcohol, gourmet fruit platters, lollies, new clothes, shoes, lots of leads and a present.
Because it’s more fun to do things together, which living Australian artist would you most like to collaborate with? Tell us why?
Phoebe: Tame Impala, because they’re inspiring/beautiful/our favourite.
What is your band’s music the best soundtrack for?
Barna: Apparently surfing movies. Our songs have featured in quite a few. But we seem to think the disc menu of a family movie.
Where we can see you play next, what releases do you have available and where can we get them?
We are supporting Neon Indian (USA) at the Prince Bandroom on the 24th of Feb, then you can catch us at Push Over festival on March 12 and on our March/April national tour with special guest Elizabeth Rose (tickets selling fast!). Our debut 6 track EP is available from JB HI-FI (AUS & NZ).