Q&A: The Gracemakers
Define your genre in five words or less:
Country-tinged indie folk rock.
Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say The Gracemakers sound like?
We’ve been told [we] sound like “flowers all in bloom”.
What do you love about making music?
The most amazing thing about making music is the freedom to delve deep inside your soul and express it; it is a very powerful and liberating thing to do. Making music is a sharing of energy; you put it out and get it back. Through our music we are able to connect with people on a deeper level. As an artist you can reveal layers of yourself that normally remain unseen. Musical exploration can be healing for yourself and others.
If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why?
Tim Buckley. He was a wonderful artist and there is so much experimentation, depth and emotion in his music.
What can a punter expect from your live show?
Honesty, vulnerability and strength mixed with a sound that is subtle, powerful and heartbreaking in its optimism. They’ll also get to see the amazing Davey Pinder playing drums and percussion with us.
What makes you happiest about what you’re doing?
We love recording, however the fruit for us is in performing and singing live as that is where true connections are made with people. Our live shows have a very energising effect on the soul and make one feel lit up on the inside.
How do you stop your pre-gig jitters?
We don’t talk much and try not to think about what we’re about to do. If we remember to see the funny side of life we usually do a good show.
If you could go on tour with any musician or band, who would it be?
Crosby Stills and Nash, they are such talented artists. We think the experience would be incredible as they are inspiring on so many levels and would have great stories to tell.
When’s the gig and with who?
We will be launching our self-titled EP, The Gracemakers, which is currently available on iTunes, at the Wesley Anne (250 High Street Northcote) on Saturday May 26, supported by the very talented Daniel Bowden.