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60 Seconds With... The Paper Kites

Define your genre in five words or less:

Happy, folky, a bit country.


What do you love about making music?

I love (and sometimes hate) trying to turn whatever’s going on inside my head into something pretty that will make people understand it.


What can a punter expect from your live show?

I’d like to hope they could expect some lovely music and a lot of honesty.


When’s the gig and with who?

We’re heading to the major cities in July for the last time before we release some new stuff and we’ll be playing The Northcote Social Club in Melbourne on July 11 and 12 (Thurs July 12 sold-out).


Tell us about the last song you wrote.

The last song that I wrote was with Sam (lead singer) and it is really quite sad. But I love it because I think it’s the most truthful, honest song I’ve ever written.


Do you have a pre-gig ritual? If so, what is it?

We have a song we sing/chant together before every show that involves a bit of dancing around and includes the city and venue we are playing at that night. I’m sure it would look and sound ridiculous if anyone was watching!


How do you stop your pre-gig jitters?

Well, thankfully I don’t get them so much these days; I used to be terrible and feel so sick before shows! But usually a glass of red and just some time away from everyone to stop and think about what I need to do when I get on stage helps.