Graham Reid | | 3 min read
The name Al Galbraith might not be familiar to many . . . unless you happen to be a New Zealand musician, have read anything of local music in the Sixties and Seventies, or been involved in soundtracks and advertising. Which, when you think about it, must surely mean Galbraith is pretty well known.
Galbraith was a hugely successful producer (Mark Wiliams, Craig Scott, Space Waltz, Annie Whittle, Highway, Dr Tree -- which effectively covers everything from mainstream pop through glam-rock, country, hard rock and fusion jazz) before working in film soundtracks (Sleeping Dogs), shifting to Australia and the UK, and then back to New Zealand to work in advertising and video production.
He may have quit music for a period until the late Nineties, but the man who was once the singer with Sounds Unlimited and The Real Thing (before a solo career) wasn't lost to it forever.
He now has his own studio and label (Roxon, nice when you think about it) and has finally released his debut album Silverfox. But he takes time out to answer the Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire.
The first piece of music which really
affected you was . . .
How is the Air Up There by the La De
Your first (possibly embarrassing) role
models in music were . . .
Lennon or Jagger, Ramones or Nirvana,
Madonna or Gaga, Jacko or Jay-Z?
Lennon and Jagger
If music was denied you, your other
career choice would be . . .
Poet and novelist or maybe a film
The three songs (yours, or by others)
you would love everyone to hear are . . .
Any interesting, valuable or just plain
strange musical memorabilia at home?
The guitar I played in one of my first
bands in Nelson, 1964. Gave it away in ‘66, found it in pieces in a
freiends garage in 1997. Now fully restored. Also my 5-string banjo.
Love it although it’s a bastard to play.
The best book on music or musicians you
have read is . . .
The Guitar Handbook by Ralph Denyer
If you could get on stage with anyone
it would be . . . (And you would play?)
Allison Krauss … and I would play
whatever she told me to play.
The three films you'd insist anybody
watch because they might understand you better are . . .
The Girl Can’t Help It, Morgan - a
Suitable Case For Treatment, Bladerunner
The last CD or vinyl album you bought
was . . . (And your most recent downloads include . . .)
Last CD was Paul Simon’s So
Beautiful or So What (haven’t heard it yet)
Last downloads: Majestic Silver Strings
by Buddy Miller, Black Dub by Daniel Lanois, Call of the Bellbird by
the Webb Brothers (I want to do a remake)
One song, royalties for life, never
have to work again. The song by anyone, yourself included, which
wouldn't embarrass you in that case would be . . .
God Only Knows by Brian Wilson
The poster, album cover or piece of art
could you live with on your bedroom forever would be . . .
You are allowed just one tattoo, and it
is of . . .
David Bowie sang, “Five years, that's
all we've got . . .” You would spend them where, doing . . .?
Exactly what I’m doing now, but
And finally, in the nature of press
conferences in Japan, “Can you tell me please why this is your best
Because it’s my first album.
You can find out more about Al Galbraith at his website here.