Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Developing our sound was pretty much a trial and error situation where we would write songs, test them live and then fix the parts or get rid of the songs that we weren't happy with. We have transformed the pool room in Mike's parents' house into WHARVES HQ where we write, record and rehearse.
Mikes dad is annoyed that he has lost the use of his beloved pool table that he never used, but it was a sacrifice we were willing to make. Steven Schram has produced our last two singles and we have certainly gained a lot from working with him.
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
We are all huge fans of music. Watching bands smashing it out on stage or listening to an awesome album makes us want to do the same.
What can punters expect from a WHARVES live show?
Four sweaty dudes on stage, bouncing around like a beach ball at a Nickelback concert.
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
We supported Polish Club in Byron Bay and we had a few beers with them before the show. They were telling us to always work with people that really care about your music and are passionate about what you do (makes sense, right?). Top blokes.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Bad//Dreems and their track 'Feeling Remains'. If this doesn't get you jacked up, then you must be a robot.
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds and their track, 'Into My Arms'. Shares in Kleenex must have skyrocketed when this song came out.
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Luke Million and his track 'Arnie'. We lose our biscuits when this banger comes on. An absolute must have in any party mix. P.S. Matt has a mad party mix - it's on Spotify if you wanna check it out. We're looking forward to checking his set out at Splendour!
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We went and saw Tora, Mookhi and Angie Hudson at the Northern in Byron Bay a couple of weeks ago. Huge lineup and that light show was lit! There were more lasers than the 'Lasers Only' mode on GoldenEye '64.
Tell us about the bands or people in the North Coast, NSW music community that inspire you.
Mario from our local record store in Byron Bay, Howl and Moan Records, is really creating a music scene in the local area. We've played and been to gigs at his shop and it's always an awesome vibe. Plus, we always walk out with a new vinyl!
We are also really lucky to live in an area that has some seriously amazing festivals such as Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival and Blues Fest. How could you not be inspired seeing your favourite band thrash it out to thousands of people?
What are your plans for 2017?
We've actually got some new music being released very soon as well as a tour, which we're really looking forward to. We have a couple more exciting things on the horizon but they're more secretive than Mr Krabs' Krabby Patty recipe.