1) How long have The Dave Graney Show been together?
We did our first CD in 1998, the second in 2000 and , now, Heroic Blues in 2002. Previous to that, Clare Moore and I had made seven cds with the coral snakes and previous to that three albums with the Moodists.
2 ) Where does the name come from? (You don't have to answer this one!)
Clare and I were trying to get a tv show off the ground in 1997. Briefly, it looked like it was going to happen. We filmed a pilot with me talking to Rose Porteus (Hancock) and Henry Rollins. I was a Great Gatsby type downbeat rock singer who lived in a mansion wherein there was a continuous party. I would keep wandering the corridors, opening doors , only to find strange people who had come to the party weeks before and were staying over. I was looking for answers to my questions from them.It was to be called AO. A lot of the music from our first album started life as themes for the Show. So, it became.... the Dave Graney Show. I would probably have an easier time if I just billed myself as Dave Graney... or David Graney, but I really work with a five piece band and like people to expect that kind of music.
3) How did you meet your band?
Clare Moore and I have played together for as long as we've both been musicians, since about 1977. Adele Pickvance bass) , we met when she was touring with a mutual friend, Robert Forster ( with whom she still plays in the go-betweens). Bill Miller (guitar) helped us produce and arrange our first album and then just started turning up to gigs. Stuart Perera (guitar)was playing at a VCA youth jazz workshop and I asked him if he wanted to play.
4) What would be your 3 major musical influences?
Lou Reed in the seventies, punk rock and a lot of independent 80s underground music like Suicide and Alan Vega and R&B music in general (including rap) and psychedelic 60's music( both underground rock and am pop).
5) What is one thing you'd like to change about the music industry?
Nothing, kill a few people perhaps (only joking). I do think that radio is what stifles the music scene. There should be at least a 75% quota of Australian music to be played by Australian radio stations. It is not a level playing field (the production of music) when the economy of scale is so much bigger in the USA and the UK. Radio has to be ORDERED to have a responsibility to the music community, not behave as if it was being charitable in playing any local music at all.
6) Where do you see yourself in 5 yrs time?
Still performing and writing I hope. Who to? Thats the question.
7) What do you think makes a band stand out from all the others?
Conviction. You have to have conviction. Somebody like Nick Cave or Jim Morrison, or Eminem, they are 99% pure conviction. They make you believe them. I love Jim Morrison when he does outrageous stuff like "ode to my cock". He carries you along with all his absurd conceits and its great!
8) What CD releases have you had out? Any in the pipe-line?
We have "Heroic Blues" out at the moment. On our label, Cockaigne, through MGM and we are working on music for a film and also have a double CD compilation of our 80s band , The Moodists" out on WMinc later in the year. Its called "two fisted art" .It will blow a lot of minds cos it sounds like it was done yesterday. Some people think I have only ever played "soft" music but the Moodists were heavy and rock hard. Once I'd done it, I wanted to do something else. Its harder, but more rewarding, to play soft music.
9) Favourite cast member of Secret Life of Us?
I never watch it . I also avoided Big Brother in several countries. I watch Buffy, Angel and Neighbours.
10) Final thoughts........(On your band, where you're headed, words of wisdom, etc....)
Australia is in a perilous state, run by gangsters who serve large corporations but somehow have tricked people into believing they are concerned for the little folk. Young people shouldn't let these mugs get them down though. They should try and transcend the mediocrity that swamps us all. Music is a very rich and potent way to connect with other streams of ideas and energy. Its a way to "get out of it". Music has been cheapened and devalued by the rush to demand it be free over the last few years. People have lost sight of how valuable an experience it can be to hear some sounds you'd never dreamed of before or see an act put their stuff over with a lot of charm.