THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Andre Manella (aka Sonic Delusion)

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All Good Things
THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Andre Manella (aka Sonic Delusion)

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 . . .

Organ builder

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?

Dolly Parton

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

56340051_2292321700824618_7920417656627265536_nDavid 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 :-)


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