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Q&A: Mosman Alder

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Beat HQ Joined: 9th December 2010
Last seen: 5th June 2012


Jackson Muir/Mosman alder


Describe your genre in five words or less:

Post rock/folk.


What do you love about making music?

Its my way of making sense of the world. It's what makes me feel connected. Some people fill that void by going to church but music works best for me.


What do you hate about the music industry?

I guess I have conflicting feelings towards it. There is a part of me that doesn't like that it makes art a commodity and I think as soon as that happens something special is taken away from it. But at the same time I realise that it's necessary in order to share it with people and survive as an artist. But mostly it's ok, we have been pretty lucky so far and worked with some of the good industry people.


What inspires or influences your music the most?

Other music and art. I spend a lot of time researching different music, art and films. Picking apart what it is that I like about it and finding ways of adapting it into my own practice. If you really love something I think it says a lot about yourself and you shouldn't be afraid of being derivative, as long as you're not being a complete plagiarist, its fine. We all come from the same place and I think music/art is very much about picking up someone's conversation and through your own personal experiences adding and elaborating on that conversation. We are pretty opened minded to a lot of music so there is bits and pieces from a lot of different places.


What’ve you got to sell CD-wise?

Our Debut EP, Burn Bright. It Is the first chapter in our little story. It was a bit of a labour intensive process, but it was all worth it and we are excited to share it with people.


Tell us about the last song you wrote.

It's a song with the working title Across The Bleachers. I penned the skeleton of the song at home and envisioned it as a kind of dark folk song. Something in the same vein as Angels Of Light or even something off Cave's Murder Ballads. When I brought it to the band they took it in a kind of trip hop direction and added a heavy Sabbath-esque outro. It's sounding great, I have really been enjoying some of our new stuff.


When are you doing your thing next?

We are about to embark on our first east coast headlining tour including playing the Grace Darling on Friday June 22. It's our first headline tour so we are unsure what to expect but are looking forward to it. We are also playing Splendour in July so I'm assuming this will be a highlight for us given that the lineup is so good.