Port Macquarie 3-piece Buoy, oh Buoy! are the winners of our Festival Of The Sun competition and will be opening the main stage of the festival at 4pm this Friday, December 12.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Alex: Our sound is the product of years of forming a bond both musically and as mates. We have played many genres over the years but I think our sound now that we are a bit older reflects a lot of the good times we have shared and lessons we have learned in the process.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Alex: I would have to say that the ability to make something that people can enjoy while having a ball with my best mates is a driving factor behind the reason we even play.
You’re the winners of our Festival Of The Sun competition. What can punters at the festival in Port Macquarie expect from the Buoy, oh Buoy live show?
Alex: Our level of excitement alone to play at Festival Of The Sun will be our fuel on stage. We have an additional guitarist, Harry Brown, playing with us and he is an absolute weapon. We will hopefully see a few familiar faces in the audience which will be really cool.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Isaac: We’ve had some excellent advice from many people over the years. Musically, I think the best advice has come from our producer, Hamish McDonald, his years in the music industry have given him so much knowledge that he is happy to pass on to help us out. I remember him once saying that it was important to be your own critic with everything you do and that ‘Less is more”.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Alex: ‘High’ by Peking Duk might be able to do the job.
Isaac: It would depend on the person but if I’m ever down in the dumps, ‘Covered in Chrome’ by Violent Soho, with its awesome build up and intense chorus will never fail to get me up, jumping and screaming my lungs out.
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Alex: I would play Soldier On by Temper Trap for sure.
Isaac: Matt Corby’s ‘Brother’ always manages to hit a soft spot. Listening to a live version and feeling the emotion he puts into the track, I definitely think it’s a song that can get the waterworks going for anybody.
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Alex: I would definitely play Aged Care by Indian Summer or something fat by Hermitude.
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Alex: It was earlier this year in Pacific Palms at the Recreational Club and it was all ran by good friends of mine. Skuzz Muncher, Gardens and Joey Equine And The Glue Factory played, all local acts that put on an unreal show without fail.
Tell us about the bands or people in your local music community that inspire you.
Alex: Our local scene is nothing short of inspiring people. Some of the music that has come from people I know locally really makes me nothing but proud. There are a few red hot bands at the moment such as Mockingbirds, Joey Equine and the Glue Factory, Eleven Eleven and Ovals.
What are your plans for the rest 2014 and in to 2015?
Alex: Firstly we will be enjoying the rest of the excitement from the FOTSUN experience then relax over the remainder of the silly season. Come 2015 we will be gigging regularly and launching our first EP as BOB.
Isaac: With this opportunity we’ve been given by the triple j team, we’re excited to see how our journey goes from here. We’ve spoken about organising a tour up the coast and we’re all willing to put the hard yards in to make it work. I imagine anything more fun than road tripping with your two best mates while chasing our dream.