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Born: 1982-01-18
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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It's valid that the Strokes and the Pleased have been influenced by some of the same bands. But it's invalid in the sense that we listen to the Strokes and try to sounds like them. I think that they are a good band.

Tags: Good, Sense, Try

Lyrics are very different. There is a clear line between that and a poem. Something that has been a source of great excitement and delight for me is this idea that I get to rhyme.

Tags: Between, Great, Idea

People in San Francisco and the East Bay have shown interest, done interviews, and have come to shows. I guess that the news travels fast out of this island that we are on.

Tags: Done, Fast, Interest

The very first Walnut Whales recording was recorded just a few weeks after I had started singing, out of the blue, started singing. And the voice, you can hear how uncomfortable I am with it, and how terrified I am with it.

Tags: After, Few, Started

Well, yeah, I wanted to resist the urge to thicken everything up with instrumentation, because I just felt like I was interested in seeing how the songs did on their own.

Tags: Felt, Interested, Wanted

I would happy for someone to download my music.

Tags: Happy, Music, Someone

I am always trying to write.

Tags: Trying, Write

I am consciously trying not to make it sound Celtic or African.

Tags: African, Sound, Trying

I am not doing something that it is experimental music in relation to classical music.

Tags: Classical, Music, Relation

I am producing sounds that people are not used to hearing from the harp.

Tags: Hearing, Sounds, Used

I can understand someone not liking the voice or the songs.

Tags: Someone, Understand, Voice

I can't play my songs on the smaller harp. I have a Celtic harp. I can't do the key changes.

Tags: Changes, Key, Songs

I did spend a year in high school being obsessed with Fleetwood Mac.

Tags: High, School, Year

I give away CDs at shows if someone wants a CD but doesn't have any money. I wouldn't want to do that forever.

Tags: Give, Money, Someone

I have a deep rooted folk sensibility that I can't get away from completely.

Tags: Away, Deep, Folk

I have a recording that I did of instrumental songs.

Tags: Recording, Songs

I have writing songs on my own for about six years.

Tags: Six, Songs, Writing

I played piano for about two years when I was a kid. I didn't play long enough to be really great.

Tags: Enough, Great, Kid

I started playing harp about fourteen years ago.

Tags: Fourteen, Playing, Started

I want to make music that somehow connects to the things that I love in America music.

Tags: America, Love, Music

I wasn't interested in writing music that wasn't beautiful for me to listen to.

Tags: Beautiful, Music, Writing

People are often afraid for me. They think that I am going to break. I can make it through a set.

Tags: Afraid, Break, Often

The way that words fit together is always interesting to me. I love words.

Tags: Love, Together, Words

You should listen to a lot of different music.

Tags: Listen, Music

I am consciously not trying to bring in World Music elements. The ways that I work and feel are completely different in how they sound than someone playing the Kora in Africa would play it.

Tags: Music, Someone, Work

I definitely don't subscribe to the theory that more instruments, or more vocal tracks, harmony, or double tracking the voice, is a good thing. People do their early albums very stripped down, then each album becomes bloated.

Tags: Early, Good, Voice
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I recorded harp first or singing first. I recorded it all together. Part of the reason is that I don't know how to play the songs without also singing. I forget how they progress. I don't think that any of them are verse, chorus, verse, and so on. They are not simple.

Tags: Forget, Simple, Together

I wanted to write songs which I think is a different thing. I wanted to write music that is informed by folk music. The chord progressions are obvious references.

Tags: Music, Wanted, Write

In high school, we studied a lot of poetical forms. I was really interested in the math that was involved and the strange live break ups. That gave me a great amount of respect for a rhymed stanza.

Tags: Great, Respect, School

It's totally different. I usually don't tell people about the Pleased if they know me from the harp. And if they are there to see the Pleased, I usually don't tell them about the harp. I am nervous that these people will expect something similar.

Tags: Expect, Nervous, Tell

You know some people say that you make watches or perfume bottles, it's all different things.

Tags: Bottles, Perfume, Watches

You know that's history, that's why some people say that my stuff is retro, but I don't agree.

Tags: History, Stuff, Why

If somebody asked me about my inspiration I would say that it's not the peopleand it's not the things, it's travel and experiencing different environments.

Tags: Asked, Somebody, Travel

So if I want to buy a light in a shop and I don't find a light that I like, I think to myself what would I like? What would I like to buy? Then I started to imagine and design it for myself a lot of the time.

Tags: Design, Light, Time

Then I started to do furniture and interiors for a friend and just to get stuff in a magazine, and then slowly started to build up and started to doing exhibitions.

Tags: Friend, Started, Stuff

Well, I never studied design and I went to art school to study art, you know, sculpture and things like that, and ended up making things like sculpture and started making chairs and jewelry together and that's how I started.

Tags: Art, Design, School

If you can just be yourself, then you have to be original because there's no one like you.

Tags: Original, Yourself

To create well I have to be in a good mood, happy and cool.

Tags: Cool, Good, Happy

But to me, to be original is to be yourself.

Tags: Original, Yourself

Yeah, my dream would be to work for 6 months and then have 6 months to play, just snowboarding, surfing, and going to cool places to listen and be alone and kinda chill out.

Tags: Alone, Cool, Work

And where I grew up in Australia, surfing was a part of culture.

Tags: Australia, Culture, Surfing

I'm interested in youth culture and popular culture.

Tags: Culture, Interested, Youth

Design schools are good, I guess, sometimes I visit schools, but they are very very limiting.

Tags: Design, Good, Sometimes

I don't have any furniture of mine in my room.

Tags: Furniture, Mine, Room

I don't like to make my life like a book.

Tags: Book, Life

I have a lot of objects in my space, little things, reminders, memories.

Tags: Memories, Reminders, Space

I made some salt and pepper shakers a while back and waited three years for them to come.

Tags: Salt, Three, While

I never buy magazines, I never even buy books.

Tags: Books, Buy, Magazines

I think it's really important to design things with a kind of personality.

Tags: Design

I was much more interested in making things than in designing them.

Tags: Designing, Interested, Making

I was sort of open to do anything, I was free.

Tags: Free, Open

I'd love to be approached to do ordinary things more.

Tags: Love, Ordinary

I've always listened to a lot of film music, actually.

Tags: Actually, Film, Music

If I can feel freedom then I can create.

Tags: Create, Freedom

If you see something that you feel is familiar it gives you an important kind of emotional connection.

Tags: Connection, Emotional, Familiar

In Japan, Australia, and England there is such a strong youth culture.

Tags: Culture, Strong, Youth

My life style in a sense is kind of private.

Tags: Life, Sense, Style

Now I'm doing more snowboarding but I have to get back into surfing again.

Tags: Again, Surfing

People kind of tend to mystify design and architecture by suggesting you need to train.

Tags: Design, Tend, Train

So if I design it and then go away, it's still living somewhere and it still exists by itself without me.

Tags: Away, Design, Living

You know like it has its own personality, its own character.

Tags: Character
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