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We had the opportunity to interview up-and-coming indie band The Outdoor Type. The 6-piece group from Melbourne, Australia have a great smooth alt/indie vibe that features a lot of moving parts, but it always musically tight. Check out what they had to say below!
1. How did you come to pursue music and how long have you been at it?
My Dad is quite musical, so I think that’s where the initial spark lies. I dabbled on a few instruments growing up but settled on the bass guitar in early high school. I was a pretty average student in most classes but was focused on music. I then moved to Melbourne to study music at university and played a lot of shows. Those bands eventually fizzled out. So I took a little time off to think about the music I really enjoy and would like to create, and here we are.
2. Could you walk us through your process of writing music?
The older I get, the more I realise the main ingredient required to write music is time. So I would say my process begins with blocking out as much time as possible, then it’s just a matter of sitting in my little home-studio and experimenting, be it musically or lyrically.
3. What artists have inspired you in your career?
There are a lot of people around me working extremely hard and making great music. Melbourne is a thriving scene and it’s an extremely inspiring place to be. Personally, Paul Kelly has always been a big inspiration. I think it’s hard to find someone whose music so defines a sense of home. Also, his longevity in the industry and work ethic are extremely admirable.
4. Do you have any favorite music gear (guitars, amps, effects pedals, keyboards, etc.) that you love to use? If so, what’s the story on them?
This would be without a doubt my Maton (EM225C) acoustic guitar. I received it as a gift when I was 16 and have written every song on it. It’s looking a little rough around the edges these days. It sounds fantastic though, worn in from daily playing for the past decade and a half.
5. Can you describe the vibe at your live shows? Also, what do you enjoy most about a venue when you do a show?
The Outdoor Type is a 6-piece band, all of whom are infinitely more talented than me. We try not to take anything too serious when performing, and enjoy it as much as possible. The band play around the recorded versions, so the songs take on a life of their own live. I’m not fussed with venues, we’ll play anywhere!
6. What is one thing that you want the public to know about your music?
Nothing in particular, there is a lot of music out there these days, so we’d be grateful if someone took the time to listen to it.
7. Do you have any upcoming projects you would like fans to know about?
The Outdoor Type released a new single on September 7 called ‘Dirty Water’. It’s definitely the song I’m most proud of to date. Then there is the album which will be released in early 2019.