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Q&A w/ Shiva & The Hazards

Have you been involved in any previous projects before this one?

Yes, we have all toured around the world and played in numerous acts. We have been lucky enough to work with amazing producers especially in the UK including Chris Potter – The Verve and Mark Gardener from RIDE.

How do you think social media has affected the Australian music scene?

Mmm, I guess it’s different for everyone. The more about us, the better I guess. However, the less the public know about us (personally) the better. Social media is great, but only the good stuff. I’d like to hire a social media manager to filter through, only the good. PC(ness) through social media, has taken a few laugh’s out of music. I wanna write great tunes, along with a laugh, but the laugh doesn’t seem to sell music anymore!

What are some of your earliest musical influences that have found their way into the music you’re currently making?

I’d have to say The Stone Roses always come to mind. They pop up when I need a part. Primal Scream and The Verve are brilliant.

All touring bands know that no two venues are created equal. What are some of the best rooms you’ve played and why?

I’d have to say Key club in LA. People are involved. They are up close. Trip Out Festival in the UK was really cool too. It was full of biker dudes. You know what you’re getting with those guy’s!

Fuck/Marry/Kill: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter?

Marry twitter. Anything without visuals is better for the general public. The less they know about what they ‘should’ look like, the better. Ignorance is bliss. The other two can Fuck off!

Have you had the chance to play a show with any of your musical heroes?

Who were they and what was that experience like? ‘Heroes’ is a big word. I’m not sure if I want to meet all of them or not. I dream of how I want them to be and I think that’s better! We’ve played with loads of bigger bands, but we haven’t supported the Stones or Paul McCartney YET! One of my biggest thrills was meeting Zak Starkey and in the same night, Noel Fielding. We all went ice skating in central London. Man, that’s one hell of a story. 4 days later…

What was your first ever favourite song?

Great southern land – Icehouse – mainly because of the movie Young Einstein Ha! We’re going back a bit for that one! My mum loved icehouse ha.

Favourite Simpsons episode?

Discuss. King size Homer – When Homer finds out he can work from home if classed as disabled, he gains 61 pounds. He uses a drinking – bird toy to press the y key to say yes on the keyboard. “The fingers you have used to dial are too fat. To obtain a special dialling wand, please mash the keyboard with your palm… now! Brilliant!

Are you playing any shows anytime soon?

We have a launch for the EP on the 23rd March at Gasometer and a shoegaze festival called Dirty Shoes on April 8th at the Brunswick Hotel.

Are you Pro or against streaming services and why?

I think it’s great for exposure. Once you’re exposed enough, it’s more of a problem. I think it’s a shame that most people who stream music, can only store it on their pc. It’s less of a treasured item, as it doesn’t come in the packaging. I like packaging. It’s cool.

Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?

Whitney, Holy Holy – Even though most people know them, I don’t think they’ve written their best tune yet and The War On Drugs latest album is so good. That’s just me.