Why is music important?
Adam: Music inspires people, it inspires me?
Louis: It is a natural means for my creative output?
Levi: It helps create experiences for me
How does music affect you and the world around you?? ?
Louis: Music is pretty much all I do. I actually see the world in terms of music.?
Levi: It gives me opportunities to meet new and interesting people and have a lot of fun
What is your first memory of music?
Adam: Dad I guess – he was the guitarist in Nairobi Trio?
Louis: Dad playing David Gray.?
Levi: My dad playing various artists.
Growing up what music did you listen to?
Louis: Led Zeppelin, David Gray, Mumford & Sons, Jethro Tull?
Levi: The Strokes
What made you first realize you wanted to pursue a career in music?
Adam: Music has always been in my family. My dad was a touring musician all of his adult life, so it was normal for me.?
Louis: The Checks really made me want to do it seriously.?
Levi: When Adam texted me that our first single had 50,000 views on YouTube
When did you start your band? What inspired you to make music together?
Louis: In 2011 Adam and I wanted to create a folk duo as we were both into Mumford & Sons. Adam had left a band called Without Conscious Thought and I had been adding singing to my repertoire. The rest is recent history.
What has been your career highlight to date?
Adam: Selling out our EP show in March 2012 – really unexpected, like “Wha?”?
Louis: Selling out The Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber a few weeks ago. Unbelievable. Humbled.?
Levi: Getting to play at Rhythm & Vines this year. Our manager rocks.
Who are your major musical and non-musical influences?
Adam: Win Butler, Sven Pettersen (The Checks), Thom Powers?
Louis: Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes), Father John Misty?
Levi: Fleet Foxes, Avril Lavigne, Kings of Leon
How has your music evolved since you first started?
Adam: The songs just keep getting stronger, and stronger. We have worked out how to write collaboratively and well.?
Louis: We are becoming more of a ‘live’ energetic band with songs to suit. And with Ryan our sound is bigger and more interesting, I think.?
Levi: We are way better musicians, and we understand each other well these days
What have been your biggest challenges and opportunities
Adam: Figuring out a plan for what we do next with all of the songs that we have. I mean, we do have a surprising number of good strong songs.?
Louis: Getting a good team around us that look after the non-music stuff – gigs, payment, marketing & promotion etc. And juggling work and the band.?
Levi: I’m still in the seventh form so juggling school, exams, sport, family, and Five Mile Town’s commitments too.
How do you describe your music to people?
Adam: Indie Folk, on steroids?
Levi: Double Ditto
What is your favourite song?
Louis: All of the Fleet Foxes songs
If you could perform with/manage/write for anyone in the world dead or alive or broken up or still together who would it be and why?
Louis: Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes. The supreme lyricist, musician, and singer.
What is the hardest part about creating music?? ?
Louis: Getting downtime to write well.
Do you think music has lost its “value” in the digital age?
Louis: I think it has gained value in the musical age?
Levi: Good music is harder to find, but when you find it, it is more valuable