Tourist is an upcoming rock band from Austrlalia featuring 4 talented musicians; Luke Brown (Lead Guitar), Dave Paddon (Vocals/Guitar), Mike Richardson (Bass/Vocals), Steve Richardson (Drums). Despite there increasingly hectic schedule on the summer gig circuit in Australia, we were delighted when they agreed to be intervieewed by Song Refelation. Read the entire interview below where Tourist discuss, amongst other things, their musical inspirations, what they’ve recently been working on and their creative process for creating their dynamic rock tracks.
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
Tourist is a soulful, explosive, funk-fuelled rock band combining soaring vocals, melodic guitars and deep-pocket grooves.
Q: What is your musical background?
Dave grew up in country W.A. playing guitar and singing by himself.
Luke grew up with two older brothers playing guitar around him and had no choice but to take up an axe and join in.
Steve and Mike grew up together in the family jam room with their two older brothers and the surrounding neighbourhood.
Once the Tourist line-up was finalised in 2002, we hit the jam room and never looked back.
Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?
Quite exciting. After putting the finishing touches on our forthcoming debut album Race Against Time, at the end of 2012, we’ve spent the last few months playing more and more live shows and building towards our impending album and single launch later in 2013. We’re currently working with some film students on a film clip for our lead single ‘Holding on to what Hurts’ and working on some touring around Australia in the next few months. Our live show is really pumping now and we just can’t wait to get out on the road and show the people what they’ve been missing
Q: Who inspires you musically?
We came together initially over a love of great bands like The Police, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Dave Matthews Band who found a way to build great pop songs around brilliant musicianship. Some of their stuff might sound simple and pretty, but there’s a lot going on underneath that makes you think “Wow, I didn’t notice that the first time”. It’s something we aspire to do ourselves: Give the listener something that’s great to listen to, but with a level of technical skill that’s interesting on repeated listens.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
That’s a tough question to answer as a group. At this stage we’re all listening to fairly different stuff.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
Luke – Gotye
Mike – Dave Grohl, Rick Rubin.
Dave – Prince, Ryan Adams
Steve – I’d like the opportunity to record at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios
Q: What are you listening to at the moment?
Luke – Everything Everything, Portishead.
Mike – Big Wreck, Sound City Soundtrack
Dave – Alt-J, Bat for Lashes
Steve – New albums from Queens of the Stone Age and Alice in Chains
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
There can be a few different ways we approach it. Occasionally, Dave (vocals/guitar) will bring in a song that’s been written on an acoustic guitar and is almost complete. We’ll just take it and build parts for it. Usually though, we’re building songs around and incomplete idea that’s come from Luke (guitar) or a groove from Steve (drums). It’s pretty organic these days, with a lot of trial and error and “I like this part, not that part”. Vocally, the melodies always come first, before the lyrics. We’ve always got several songs in various stages of completion. When they get close to finished, that’s when we’ll start inserting them into the live show, just make sure that they work for the audience the way we feel they’re working in rehearsal.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
Well, as we mentioned above, the melody comes first… Sometimes it even comes down to the timing and syllables. There’ll be a bunch of junk/made-up words that fit the melody, but the way Dave’s timing them will feel right, so then it’s a matter of building lyrics that fit that particular timing pattern or amount of syllables in the particular line.
Q: Where are you based?
Perth, Western Australia. Most isolated Capital in the world.
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
Really hot in Summer, quite wet in winter. It’s like being in a big sprawling country town, where eventually you’ll meet someone you’ve never met before, but they’ll know four of your friends… The music scene is vibrant, a lot creative talented people and a bunch of different styles.
Q: What are you currently working on?
2013 is all about playing lots of live shows, touring and releasing our single and album in the second half of the year.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
Sticking with it for 10 years and getting to a point right now, where we feel like we’re in the prime of our creative lives as a band.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?
- Touring the Australian east coast.
- Radio play around the country.
- Supporting some big bands.
- Playing a festival or two
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
If you’re in Perth over the next few months you can catch us:
July 12 – The Swan Basement in Fremantle
August 1 – Ya Ya’s in Northbridge
Q: What do you do to relax?
We find the jam room a pretty relaxing place to be. We have always enjoyed a lot of time playing together. It’s where we do our best work creatively.
Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?
Stick with it. Write songs you want to listen to. Let your band lead itself in the jam room and eventually you’ll start to feel what’s working and what’s not.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
Editor’s Note: If you want your rock band to exude energy and funk fuelled influences then Tourist is defnintely a band you should be checking out.
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