Graham Reid | | 1 min read
Kane Strang at the time of this writing is touring in the US on the back his alt.pop singles so far, but also in anticipation of his new album Two Hearts and No Brain (due for release on June 30).
Recorded in the studio at Chick's Hotel in Dunedin, his hometown, with producer Stephen Marr (from Doprah), Two Hearts and No Brain is a continuation and refinement of his highly enjoyable and successful alt.rock with synths and slide guitar.
So he's pushing himself – and perhaps his listeners – and therefore it's a pleasure to offer him a questionnaire . . .
The first song which really affected you was . . .
I Know It’s Over by The Smiths.
Your first (possibly embarrassing) role models in music were . . .
Michael Jackson, various boybands.
The one songwriter you will always listen to, even if they disappointed you previously, is?
As songwriters: Lennon-McCartney or Jagger-Richards; kd lang or Katy Perry; Madonna or Michael Jackson; Johnny Cash or Kris Kristofferson?
Lennon-McCartney, Katy Perry, Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash.
The three songs (yours, or by others) you would love everyone to hear because they are well crafted are . . .
Wade by my dad’s old band Runt. The Corner Of The Party by Emily Edrosa. Little Uneasy by Fazerdaze.
Melody first? Words or phrase first? Simultaneous?
The best book on music or musicians you have read is . . .
Just Kids by Patti Smith.
If you could co-write with anyone it would be . . .
The last CD or vinyl album you bought was . . . (And your most recent downloads include . . .)
Slowdive - Souvlaki.
One song, royalties for life, never have to work again. The song by anyone, yourself included, which wouldn't embarrass you would be . . .
This song I just wrote called Santa Fe. I think it’s the best thing I’ve written.
One line (or couplet) from a song -- yours or someone else's -- which you think is just a stone cold winner is . . .
"Everything means nothing to me" - Elliot Smith.
Songwriting: what's the ratio of inspiration/perspiration?
Ever had a song come to you fully-formed like it dropped into your lap?
And finally, finish this couplet in any way you like: “Standing at the airport with an empty suitcase at my feet . . .” (You are NOT allowed to rhyme that with “meet” however)
Forgot my clothes again, aw shiet.