No Rehearsal for Days Before A Gig?Pete of FPS (For Pete’s Sake) Explains Why.

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Fresh band from Australia FPS(For Pete’s Sake) is our cover story. The guys have both the energy and attitude to make it into the Pacific Ocean of indie rock music. I met a DJ years ago who told me that Australians are hard to please as listeners. He implied that one has to be very good to earn the respect of the audience. After all, it’s the same country that gave us Midnight Oil, INXS, The Church and a whole bunch of great bands through the decades.
Lead man Pete Wright answers this interview on behalf of the band. He’s got a strong line up there. The drummer and guitarist have their own arsenals to rock the house down.
Check out question number 8 and why they don’t really rehearse before any gig. It makes sense to me. But most of all you’ll appreciate the kind of dedication to music the band members have.
1.Your listeners already have a taste of few songs you performed live. What can we expect from the band this 2014?
The response from the listeners has been overwhelming relating to our 5 live clips that we put up onto You tube, which were recorded on a Sony Handicam, to get a test as to whether this band was going to be a viable proposition.

2014 – will start with a proper home recording via interface to get a more accurate interpretation of the songs.  We are envisaging recording enough material to create an EP.  This will take place in January and hopefully finished by February all things prevailing. Our next step will be to go into a reputable recording studio to repeat the process.  We have already had several offers from well-known producers and sound engineers who want to assist us with this recording.  It’s up to us I guess to decide who we are going to use and where about’s we will be doing this recording that will suit the band sound.  As far as performances are concerned we do like to test our music live, so we will be maintaining that on small-scale venues at this stage to get feedback from the crowd.  I always believe that one live performance is worth three to four rehearsals in a studio.hqdefault2

2.What’s the reason behind the formation of FPS?

My other band GALLEY SLAVES unfortunately at the moment is not viable as far as gigs, rehearsals and recording is concerned due to members of the band having busy lifestyles, work  commitments and relocation.  This does not mean that GALLEY SLAVES is over , it is just very difficult at the moment to get all band members in the same place at the same time.

As I am writing so many songs at the moment I felt it necessary to start a new sideline project, hence the reason for FPS (For Pete’s Sake).  Greg Chaseling (bass player) , I happened to bump into at my local supermarket after not seeing him for a good number of years and asked him if he wanted to get together and play.  He told me a brief history of what he had been up to since I saw him last and seemed to be on the same page as me.
Chris Beech (drummer) I have played off and on with for many years.  I called we got together, had our first jam and so the story began.

3.Will listeners get to hear slow tunes(rock ballads) in your future songs?

I’m not one necessary to write slow tunes or ballads however yes to break up our music I have a few things up my sleeve in relation to that.  So you will just have to wait as they may be coming up soon.

4.What the albums are you listening to these days?

My music tastes are so vast I tend not to get influenced by anything specifically .  I do like bands such as the Dandy Warhols, The Cure, Radio Birdman, The Buzzcocks, The Church, Died Pretty etc etc and I guess that does have some rub off somewhere down the line, but when I write a song it generally will come from an experience, a dream or just nature.

5.You are from Australia. How’s the local rock scene over there?

Australia like anywhere else in the world for independent original bands has always been tough until you get an established name.  It’s the same old story, you have to start from scratch, build up a following, get gigs play live and try to stay as active as possible in the local scene until you start getting established and are able to spread your wings further.

6.What’s the epic FPS (For Pete's Sake)goal that FPS wants to achieve in 5 years?

In 5 years it would be nice to have a bit of credibility from the industry,  and be able to say that we have done everything we could to be where we are now,  with the public wanting more.

7.How do you go through the songwriting process?

There is no one formula for writing a song and that is what makes the process so interesting . We can go from a couple of rifts in a rehearsal room and build on it or we could have a fully formatted idea prior to jamming. 

8.How’s the rehearsal like before the gig?

I have a rule that we do not rehearse for at least two days prior to the gig.  My reason for this is to maintain a level of energy when you go live.  I am pretty gigged harden and so are the guys I work with.  You do get the nervous 10 seconds before you start playing,  so I have to go into a  zone for that but once you are on your way the stage is yours.

9.Do you have other personal persuasions that sometimes get in the way of making music?

No not at all.  I am open to everything.

10. Message to your listeners?
 Stay tuned, 2014 will be starting to heat u
p for FPS (For Pete’s Sake) .  We will try to keep you posted and up to date with our activities and new songs.

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Craving for More from FPS (For Pete’s Sake)

 

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What they are: Australian Original guitar melody rock !

For Pete’s Sake this trio is amazing!  So let’s give them a listen. Their style is rooted in classic rock, blues with a bit of punk. And if those aren’t enough to turn your heads then maybe that they’re from Australia will. I like the raw sound and the sludgy vibe like thick molasses over whiskey. Pete Wright has a voice that’s emotional but at the same time tough to withstand the crushing sound of the drums, guitars bass and yeah the occasional noisy barroom crowd where they perform. His charisma is partly Tommy Lee Jones meets Chris Isaak. He’s definitely got the ‘it.’

Greg Chaseling on bass keeps the balance by countering the onslaught of the powerful guitar. Drummer Chris Beech work those skins with unrelenting tempo as their music gets fast and heavy sometimes. But there is one element that’s always present in their songs: striking melodies. Songs like Friends and Aware will make you want them to upload more songs as they have very few now. They’ve been around working with other bands but FPS sounds like a solid band that will remain to make a great impression to indie rock fanatics.

Follow them on You Tube channel, this is the link :-https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAppoMepPgrg-Zad3pMF0kw

Face book Page:-https://www.facebook.com/pages/FPS/377546369015353

And Reverbnation : http://www.reverbnation.com/fpsforpetessake?

ElectroCelt(Essay by Geoff J Keogh )

Our guest blogger this week is Geoff J Keogh who is better known by his moniker ElectroCelt. He now resides in Australia(Originally from Ireland) and he is making new tunes. Geoff and I met on the internet by chance while I was writing an article about electronic musicians. The electronic music community is close to my heart. The artists are very supportive with one another and they love to collaborate, paving the way to new styles.

The music of ElectroCelt.

If someone asked me to describe music in my own words, the closes to describing it would be: It is a universal language that has no boundaries.

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It can tap into emotions and influence the way we can deal with decisions in a rational way. It also has a spiritual quality that lies between our world and that of a mystical source.

My music has traveled  with me since a very early age . My first live gig was a Tangerine Dream gig at the age of 10 . Music always moves me into different landscapes, it portrays life in different colours to me and defines who I am. I have followed many artists on their journey  and my love of all types of music stretches far and wide. Principally, electronic music  drives me the most  but always I remember that before the electronic age, the classics had their part to play in what we hear today. From as far back as man can go we have been  driven by music .

When talking in regard to my music … I love sequences. I think that the pattern created by notes in sequence  can develop out like a punchline in a story. These sounds mixed with layers of different toned pads once they are not sitting on the same  frequency creates powerful atmosphere andvery deep spiritual textures. Most of my pieces are grown out of direct life experiences, be it a place I am in or picture that is before me; then I find a way as close as possible to portray it in a musical term . The Digital fields album was a collection of pieces that I worked on for my own enjoyment. Digital Fields in one description is a field of vision used by opticians to describe the line of vision in a technical form. For example the track ElectroCelt is telling you that I had music deep within me but until I knew how to express it, I couldn’t portray it.  Silver lining was about the dreams we have  then too often we are let down … “Where’s the Silver Lining “.

As time passed and I grew into music production, the surroundings I found myself,  the people that entered into the music environment  just got blended. Into the music and each person  has left a trademark sound.  For Strange Elements album on board we have AlyZen Moonshadow  who comes from a classically trained  background  after studying music to a degree level  in Singapore and Kingston University London.  So a lot of classical structure is in the mix. Tim Pullen who is an excellent Guitarist  and very focused on his music, plays with a band in Somerset  called Obsession, so we get these wonderful delicate guitar scapes. Briefly, Stephan Whitlan  played on some parts of Strange Elements … He is a talented electronic artist from Sheffiled Uk. Now living in Co. Monaghan so you get some classical sequence patterns using VCS3 Prophet V  and Moog .

Since then and moving to Australia,  the culture has blended into my music with pieces like “Out of The Loop” … This is a music piece about the FIFO life I have been working where times of isolation can make you feel that your out of the loop and wonder what has been passing you by. “Desert Mystery” a love of the Pilbara and the mystery of those silenced early morning sunrises where nothing stirs .  “Crossing The Great Divide” a music piece about the move from Ireland to Australia and again three different atmospheres make up this picture. “Migration Process” the endless paperwork and loops we have to jump through to get through the migration process.

But it was quite late when I started producing music. I was a taxi driver in Dublin  and with the demise of the industry I took to studying something that interested me  which is music production. I completed  City & Guilds  parts 3 but a chance meeting in my taxi lead the way to me on my music journey. Taken parts 1 & 2  followed by electronic music production. This in turn lead to “Digital Fields”  in 2008. Next was the sessions at Realworld, Peter Gabriel’s  studios in Wiltshire. This was a mixing session  for the Realworld of ElectroCelt. ep. A live gig in The Sugar Club 2009 followed. I was totally gripped into my music journey and so to today the journey continues with no end in sight. Next projects coming up are “Digital Fields II” , ” Chasing Clouds & Other  Imaginary Pursuits”, then “Druids Awakening 2014.”

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Saturday Night Music: Andy Caldwell

 

I am no stranger to his music. Everyone who listens to house music knows who Andy Caldwell is.  I hope this introduction to those who aren’t familiar with his stuff yet will now have something to dance to this Saturday night.

 

 

 

http://www.andycaldwell.com/

Biography

Whether he’s writing songs, remixing, producing, or performing, Andy Caldwell has one goal—to make you move.With a consistency that’s hard to match, the accomplished California electronic music impresario time and time again concocts dance floor anthems that emanate undeniable, invigorating energy. His intoxicating DJ sets have won over fans everywhere from Australia and Berlin to San Francisco and Las Vegas. He’s built a reliable brand with Uno Recordings and his much lauded mix CDs. If one thing is for certain, Caldwell is known for setting off clubs on stage as a DJ as well as an artist.

Caldwell continues to blaze new trails with a distinct versatility and virtuosity . His most recent work brandishes a House music spark, while emphasizing his classical training and immersion in club culture. Legends of the genre, such as Tiësto, regularly spin Caldwell’s tracks and remixes in their live sets and podcasts. And his forthcoming music will further solidify his position as an innovator within the scene. Recent collaborations include Caldwell lending his talents to remixes and original productions with Morgan Page and EC Twins, remixes for Beyonce, J-Lo, and Seal, and he’s also concocted kinetic cuts such as the forthcoming track, ‘Where Did You Go?” with Jonathan Mendehlson.

The syncopated synths of buzz-worthy single “Superfunkidiculous” officially announced Caldwell’s arrival in 1994. Then, embracing the chilled-out, high-class vibe of San Francisco electro, Caldwell went from that introductory track to forming the down-tempo chill trendsetter band Soulstice. Soulstice made major waves across the scene in the US and beyond. However, one project wasn’t enough for the producer.

His 2005 mix CD Late Night With Andy Caldwell became a fan favorite, while his full-length studio debut, 2006’s Universal Truth, yielded gems such as “Warrior”, “Don’t You Love Me”, and “I Can’t Wait”. In between prolifically pumping out his own music, Caldwell became a much sought after writer and remixer. Simultaneously, he founded and oversaw Uno Recordings, continually producing unique electronic music since 2005 with the label.

Along the way, his productions garnered two Grammy nominations. His work with Kaskade on the single “Sorry” snagged a nomination for Best Remixed Recording in 2008, as did his original track “Funk Nasty” featuring Gramma Funk whose Wolfgang Gartner Remix received a Best Remixed Recording nod in 2011.

These days Caldwell is fusing the undulating energy of his live performances with his studio savvy to crank out propulsive House cuts that’ll ignite dancing everywhere from Ibiza to Miami. About his artistic goals, Caldwell says, “I’m always trying to create a timeless record. I want to make something that will sound good today and twenty years from now. I pay attention to trends, but I emphasize big hooks and a solid foundation. In the studio, I’m emulating my live sets. I want to take people on a journey with my songs and shows. By the time you get to the end, you’ve been on a ride.”

That ride is fueled by constant experimentation and a consciousness of the national and global scenes. With a distinctive House music bounce and classy Electro fire, the artist’s new songs stand destined to become dance classics. “I’m focusing on pure groove and melody,” reveals Caldwell. “With my new music, I’m honing in on what makes people want to dance.”
Caldwell remains connected to his home state on a deep level. Growing up in Santa Cruz, establishing his professional persona in San Francisco, and now residing in Los Angeles, he’s embedded himself in every facet of the California lifestyle. Right now, L.A.’s fast-paced hot nightlife continues to inspire his current creations.

“I’m one-hundred percent a product of California,” he declares. “I’m a Cali kid, and it’s a big part of my music. Once I started traveling a lot and seeing the world, sharing the music with an international audience became a more important goal. My travel and friends all over the world influenced my music a great deal.”

Andy’s travels have seen him entrance crowds everywhere from Australia to the Berlin Love Parade to Electric Daisy Carnival. He describes the live experience best. “My show is pretty intimate. I play a lot of my own music and current tunes that I’m feeling as well as some classics. It’s a diverse set. I try to pull from those experiences that I’ve had as a fan of dance music and incorporate those into the show.”

Ultimately, versatility and adaptability propel Caldwell at light speed alongside the genre’s luminaries.

“You have to evolve,” he concludes. “Change is the only real constant in life so you have to embrace that and ride the wave. You can’t fight it. As an artist, I want to be inspired every day. The only way to do that is to listen to new material. To me, it’s about exploring. I want fans to hit ‘repeat.’ That’s the goal. When I work on a song, I’m in love with it; I will play it over and over again. I would like people to share that experience.”

They’ll undoubtedly be dancing endlessly along to Andy Caldwell’s music for a long time to come.

— Rick Florino, May 2011