OH MERCY (Alex Gow) – AIR Awards 2012 – BPMTV Interview

OH MERCY (Alex Gow) – AIR Awards 2012 – BPMTV Interview


I don’t know baby when I hear that beating sound you know I live to serve well i’m joined by Alex from oh mercy who’s nominated for best independent single for drums congratulations Alex thank you very much now what can you tell us about drums what was the inspiration behind that particular song uh while I was listening to a lot of a Brazilian singer songwriter called George been at the time and he uses lots of a particular kind of cork sequence and the chord sequence that I wrote for drums is very similar to that so he was a big inspiration I was also reading a book called metamorphosis by ovid and there’s a story in that about hero and Leander like a classic poetry and a kind of it was originally based on a modern-day kind of take on that but it morphed into something else toward the end a little bit more ambiguous but that’s how it started and do you often find Alex that your influences you just explained by things other than music by art or books or whatever it may be yeah i would say that um i’m very you know rarely influenced by directly by other other music um I usually find Dirk inspiration from books that I’m reading or film or sometimes visual art as well view and in saying that also congratulations on your third record d pete yeah and musically is it a bit of an evolution from your past record sure um i don’t know i don’t i don’t know if i say evolution because i’ve kind of implies some kind of betterment do you think of the you know the ache to the to the man on on his hind legs beth that replies that they’re getting better and better but this is more just kind of like um you know bit more fluid on the same kind of dimension it’s just different you know it’s no better or worse but yeah it is a fair bit different and um I’m really proud of it it keeps keeps it interesting for me I read that you mentioned that there’s a couple of tracks our example on the record where you’re influenced by roxy music for example why was that are you a roxy music there now did you grow up listening to them where did that come from oh well you know I’ve listened to a lot of music and I’ve always loved that late 70s um post-punk and glam stuff Talking Heads roxy music The Clash David Pauley all those kind of groups who at the time were kind of fundamentally different but now and retrospectively kind of I love together they’re all groove based artist I suppose so they used groove to kind of um to push their songs board and and that always gets a great response when I’m DJing or something like that and I wanted to be able to make people dance and I write great songs and a facility now from a writing point of view I also heard that you had read Paul Kelly’s autobiography tell me how he kind of impacted on this particular record sure well he’s um his memoirs has a chapter about writing from the third person and for the first two albums I’d written exclusively in the first person so was all autobiographical it was very sincere and earnest and that was something that was important to me then but um this particular chapter talks about you know writing from other people’s perspectives which Paul Kelly does famously and I tried it out and the song that I wrote was my man which is the third song on the album and it was the song that paved the path for the rest of the sauce I’ll kiss the skin on your feet so you’ve been very busy on the promo trail with this record playing some gigs how’s that going how audiences kind of responding to the new music yeah the majority of people are ecstatic about it and dancing and I’m really enjoying where I’m Oh see you’ve kind of are at the moment some people who are fans of our older music come a little bit slower to take on them people are very steadfast in their ways and lots people have certain opinions about about Arthur more stagnant than other people and I can respect that but um yeah not everyone is up to speed now tonight is all about celebrating great Aussie independent music what does it mean to be an independent artist in Australia I suppose it means that um you have some kind of you have more movement to be creative I think traditionally people would put being being on a major label kind of synonymous with um being restricted artistically being told what kind of clothes you must wear and what your film clips got to look like what’s what’s gonna be the next single and what direction you have to take heavy a knowing that kind of thing but I get to make the records that i want to make and that’s really important to me and always has been so being independent allows me to do that and then just finally Alex what’s coming up next for you well we’re we have the rest of the tour to finish off we’re halfway through it now so I’m you know not a couple of weeks of that and false festival and southbound over summer and hopefully bit of rising and some downtime yeah that that’s the writing part no rest of the wicked well Alex gal for my mercy thank you so much for speaking to VPN nice to talk to again

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