Joe Mungovan

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Where are you currently based?

Kiama, NSW

How did you first start playing music?

My parents told me that from a young age I would bash pots and pans and make drum kits out of boxes or any other random things I could find to hit. They finally gave in a bought me a drum kit when I was about 9.

What’s been happening recently?

I’ve just released my debut record ‘A Flower In The Weeds’ and am currently playing my ‘Breakfast With Joe’ shows. Im touring up and down the east coast of NSW playing at a different café each morning. Here are the remaining dates:

Wednesday, November 17 – Beach Bums, Forster

Thursday, November 18 –  Surf Cafe, Terrigal

Friday, November 19 – Coquun, Maitland

Saturday, November 20 – The Kiosk, Newcastle

Sunday, November 21 – Harvest Deli, Newrybar

Thursday, November 25 –  Yum Yum Cafe, New Brighton

Saturday, November 27 – Frankies Coffee Van, Culburra

Sunday, November 28 – The Hungry Monkey, Berry

Thursday, December 2 – The Hungry Monkey, Bowral

Saturday, December 4 – Cuckoo Callay, Surry Hills

Sunday, December 5 – Frankly My Dear, Katoomba

Your debut album ‘A Flower In The Weeds’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?

I feel as though I am constantly influenced by everything around me from relationships to the environment to the different sounds and the music that I am listening to at that time.

How did you go about writing the album?

I moved to a house in Kangaroo Valley at the end of 2019 to write a few songs. Then Covid hit and my touring plans turned to shit. I ended up staying out there for a year and a half and writing the songs that now make up ‘A Flower In The Weeds’.

What does this album mean to you?

This is my debut album so it means a lot to me. I’ve dreamt of releasing my debut for so many years now. It feels amazing to have it out!

How did you approach the songwriting process?

My songs usually start out with a few guitar chords and a melody and it grows from there.

Where and when did you record/produce/master and who with?

I wrote and recorded all the songs from 2019 – mid 2021 down in my home studio set up in Kangaroo Valley. I then took the songs to my friend Tim Carr and we finished them off in Sydney. Joe Carra mastered the album.

How did you approach the recording process?

I had taken my little home studio set up and all my instruments down to the valley. As the recording process went on my studio grew and so did the amount of instruments I owned.
Recording the album out in the bush was interesting at times as a lot of the natural sounds of environment and wildlife found their way into some of these songs.

I recorded a whole bunch of tracks and I took them to my mate Tim Carr. We picked the 12 songs that would make up the album. We touched up and re-recorded some parts in Sydney and then mixed the album in his bedroom closet.

What programs/equipment did you use?

I used Logic pro and a few different interface/microphone combinations matched with a nice Golden Age pre-amp.

What did you find most challenging and rewarding during the creation of the album?

For me the most challenging part is signing off on a final mix. Making that decision always seems daunting to me for some reason.

Who are you listening to at the moment?

The new ‘War On Drugs’ album is amazing.

What do you like to do away from music?

Cooking, gardening, drinking wine, reading, fishing, traveling and hanging out with mates.

What’s planned for the remainder of 2021 going into 2022?

Hitting the road and playing as many shows as I can!

Favourite food and place to hangout?

Favourite cuisine right now is Indian and favourite hang out currently is Little Earth in Kiama!

Wednesday, November 17 – Beach Bums, Forster
Thursday, November 18 – Surf Cafe, Terrigal
Friday, November 19 – Coquun, Maitland 
Saturday, November 20 – The Kiosk, Newcastle
Sunday, November 21 – Harvest Deli, Newrybar
Thursday, November 25 –  Yum Yum Cafe, New Brighton
Saturday, November 27 – Frankies Coffee Van, Culburra 
Sunday, November 28 – The Hungry Monkey, Berry 
Thursday, December 2 – The Hungry Monkey, Bowral
Saturday, December 4 – Cuckoo Callay, Surry Hills
Sunday, December 5 – Frankly My Dear, Katoomba

Debut Album: A FLOWER IN THE WEEDS is out now
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