North Queensland, QLD
acoustics. harmonies. percussion. friends. The Middle East write beautiful indie folk and are from Townsville!
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
- well our music is based from indie and folk music. We first started off as a rock band which then turned to indie rock and then after a while turned to indie folk. however theses days its a little bit more on the folk side more so than indie.
Tell us about Townsville.
- Townsville is a great small city which is growing and developing more. The music scene here is made up of mixed genres', therefore when ever one of the bands puts a gig on there is normally a range of differnt bands playing at the same gig. which is great because anyone can come along no matter which type of music they like.
Who are you influenced by?
-WE are influenced by Bob Dylan, starflyer 59, sigur ros and sufan stevens.
What's coming up in the future?
We have alot coming up, recordings of a new EP, a show with "smog" on thursday 8th of january and then we also go on tour with "leader cheetah" mid febuary.
Australian music is?
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Patrick James' expertly crafted and poignantly performed indie-folk jams have won him a spot on the 2012 Festival of the Sun line-up.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I have always been into the old school acoustic folk sound, I think it came pretty naturally to write music that was in that vibe. In saying that, some of the bands and artists I am listening to at the moment are slightly different to what I would normally. I think it's giving me a bunch of fresh ideas about how to develop the sound more. I have also been playing with a full band for most of the recent shows so that's been a huge step towards improving!
You’re the winner of our Festival Of The Sun competition. What can Festival Of The Sun punters expect from the Patrick James live show on Saturday 15th December?
We are going to be playing a lot of new tracks which we are pumped about. Theres going to be a lot of harmonies and crazy banjo solos.
What most excites you about playing and attending Festival Of The Sun 2012?
To look out to the audience and see most of our mates will be a great thing! It's such a chilled vibe at this festival. We were always the kids up the back of the crowd watching from a distance so it's going to be a fun day. Can't wait to head home and play.
What’s your earliest memory of seeing live Australian music?
I remember seeing Wolfmother at the Horden when I was 14 or 15. Tried to get into the mosh pit with a mate… ended badly so I stuck with acoustic music. Memorable night!
What’s coming up for you in 2013?
I have just finished recording a new EP with Scotty Steven who plays banjo in the band. It's going to be released in March and there will be a headline tour to go with it too!
Australian music is…?
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