Michael Jackson, black sabbath, Neu!
Fleetwood Mac, The Beach Boys, Daft Punk
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We're just muckin about with tunes and sounds. Our latest noodlings can be found on the Stray Currents EP.
Melbourne 4-piece Baptism Of Uzi are dreamy and groovy and psychy and great.
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
Bojan had some riffs and an unhealthy obsession with his dictaphone tape recorder. We jammed at home a lot and tried to find a way to meld all of our strange influences into a cohesive sound. We’re still working on that. We started playing these experiments live at shows organised by friends of ours around Melbourne. We’ve found that our songs are never really complete – we get excited by new ideas and are always adding new sections or riffs that we then use to keep it all fluid and spontaneous at live shows. After a while we record whatever we’ve got in the studio as a live band. For the new EP we spent a year editing, overdubbing and writing as we recorded to try and realise the strange sonic vision we had for this release. This process has also fed back into the live show, so it’s a very circular progression, a feedback loop of sorts. We have lots of diverse influences - hard rock sounds like AC/DC and Black Sabbath to soft-rock like Toto and Michael Jackson. A Daft Punk/Thin Lizzy hybrid of sorts. We were originally inspired by the psychedelic sounds of Neu! and Can and we try to incorporate those expansive improvisational elements wherever we can, though we don’t always pull it off.
What’s a Baptism Of Uzi live show like?
Our live shows are renowned for being an intense and cerebral experience. We try to walk a balanced line between song structure, ambience, riff power and pure sub-intellectual abandon.
What’s your earliest memory of seeing live Australian music?
I (Bojan) come from Canberra so my earliest memories of live music were all-ages shows at the ANU refectory and high school gigs. The first gig I attended was Grinspoon, Shihad and Testeagles (huge bill!). My high school friends told me to be careful of the mosh pit because people steal your shoes in there so I wore my worst pair.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Eat your vegebles" - @rarebasement
What’s coming up for you in 2013?
The launches for our 10" vinyl Stray Currents: July 6th at the Northcote Social Club, Melbourne and June 28th at the Brighton Up Bar, Sydney.
Australian music is…?
…diverse and represents and unifies broad communities. It inspires and has a wonderful history.View Profile Hide Interview