Graham Reid | | 2 min read
Sonic Delusion is the impressive one-man band/promoter/facilitator and all-round ball of energy Andre Manella who has just released his fifth album, Anything Goes.
He lives works and plays around Taranaki (with sojourns to Europe) and delivers serious songs and upbeat danceable funk-pop guaranteed to make you smile as he bottles summer sunshine . . . but also has something to say.
Elsewhere has reviewed his most recent album Anything Goes and in the hope that it doesn't get lost in the crush during New Zealand Music Month we offered him the opportunity to also answer some questions.
Over to you Swiss-Kiwi Andre/Sonic . . .
The first piece of music which really affected you was . . .
“Yes Sir” played by my dad on his piano
Your first role models in music were . . .
Lennon or Jagger, Ramones or Nirvana, Madonna or Gaga, Jacko or Jay-Z?
Lennon, Ramones, Madonna, Jacko
If music was denied you, your other career choice would be . . .
The three songs (yours, or by others) you would love everyone to hear are . . .
Anything Goes (mine), Geoff Ong “Don’t know you no more”, Christopher Bernard “last song”
Any interesting, valuable or just plain strange musical memorabilia at home…
my homemade “uniguitar” a unihockey stick turned into a one string guitar
The best book on music or musicians you have read is . . .
Jason Blume, 6 steps to successful songwriting
If you could get on stage with anyone it would be?
The three films you'd insist anybody watch because they might understand you better are . . .
Meaning of Life (“Monty Python”), “Once”, Forrest Gump
The last CD or vinyl album you bought was . . . (And your most recent downloads include…).
I got given an album by artist (Pio Lobato) at the most recent Womad jam which happens on the Wednesday before the festival. He loved my music and wanted to gift me his album.
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 . .
“All Good Things” Sonic Delusion
The poster, album cover or piece of art could you live with on your bedroom forever would be . . .
Recent Angus and Julia Stone poster for their gig in Taranaki
You are allowed just one tattoo, and it is of . . .
my IRD number
David Bowie sang, “Five years, that's all we've got . . .” You would spend them where and doing what?
Playing music around the world & spending time with my loves
And finally, in the nature of press conferences in Japan, “Can you tell me please why this is your best album ever?”
Cause I’ve never put that much work and energy into an album, I’ve learned a lot in making five albums, each time I’ve gotten better. Ten tracks and I love every single one of them and I hope the rest of the world feels the same :-)
ANYTHING GOES ALBUM RELEASE TOUR08.05.2019 Arts on Wednesdays Massey University Palmerston North 12.30pm
17.05.2019 Portland Public House Auckland 10pm - FREE ENTRY
18.05.2019 private function Raglan
31.05.2019 Brew Rotorua 8pm - FREE ENTRY
01.06.2019 Te Manawa Rotorua 11am - FREE ENTRY
01.06.2019 Our Place Tauranga 7pm - FREE ENTRY
02.06.2019 The Rising Tide Mount Manganui 1pm - FREE ENTRY