Vesper Green

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What is your name and role within Vesper Green? Hey, my name is Nick Ashby, I am the singer songwriter and guitarist in Vesper Green. Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there? Currently based in Brisbane Australia. the music scene in Brisbane is small but diverse. I'd say it's a supportive scene and the most exciting thing is that recently there seems to be a whole bunch of new bands really starting to do something more unique instead of replicating a particular style exactly as it was. How did you first start playing music? I first started playing music when I heard Nirvanas nevermind. I know its classic response. and Nirvana really isn't our biggest influence. but that was the album that inspired me to pick up a guitar in there beginning. that and Eric captions "cream of Clapton" album. How did Vesper Green form? Vesper Green formed between guitarist Chris Fleming and myself. born out of the ashes of our previous band, we were keen to keep moving forward. the other two members auditioned later that year.  What have you been working on recently? Well we recently finished recording a couple songs for our EP. They are currently in the mixing process and hopefully will be ready to be mastered soon. apart from that we've actually got a whole bunch of new material in the works. so definitely not short on creativity at the moment. I think we'll continue to prepare the EP and play many more shows, before we announce tour later this year. You had your show at the Zoo on the 13th of April, how do you normally prepare for gigs? The work that goes into the show in the weeks leading up are the hardest. constructing a set that not only flows well, but creates an emotional journey can be so draining sometimes. at the end of the day, as well as being Artists, we are Performers. so theres a lot of work that goes into representing the music justly in a live setting. What influenced the sound and songwriting for 'Sub Solar'? Sub Solar is just a big conglomeration of influences. Definitely ones that people wouldn't expect. id says huge part of Sub Solar was based on sounds coming out of the early to mid 2000's. you could name bands such as Bloc party or Queens of the Stone Age for instance. but the song really is there to portray an array of emotions felt through a panicked journey.  Where and when did you record and who did you work with? We recorded with Josh Wilkinson if Burrow Studios' in his studio in Samford and a hidden gem of a studio, deep in the forests of Mt Glorious. We recorded it October last year. Bryce Moorhead mastered the final track for us. we really enjoy working with Bryce and Josh as a team.  How do you usually go about writing music? Usually the riffs and ideas come to me while I jam by myself and once I have a basic outline I'll bring things to the band and we'll work on it from there. But usually I have an idea of how everything should fit together and how things should sound, so it's pretty easy to put everything together.  What programs/instruments do you use? We record everything on Protools, however we usually run it back through an analogue tape machine in order to get that nicer authentic analogue sound. in terms of gear we have an array of amps we record with from Marshall Jcm800, Peavey 5150, Vox AC30 and Fender baseman's. We Generally use Fender Guitars. most of our rhythms were done using a Fender Mustang, while the leans and leads were done using telecasters and Strats. otherwise our rhythms section uses the good old drums and bass guitar. not too different from a classic band setup.  Your debut EP is on the way, can you give us an idea of what influenced the sound and songwriting and what we can from your first EP? I Think since we've taken such a long time to produce an EP. not for lack of songs, the songwriting has has time to mature. you can expect to hear diverse range of influences in our new tracks. The main kicker is that its something that you can't find anywhere else. its music you can hear the influences in, however has our own sound to it. our own feeling. its something that is designed to hold its own. As a band we struggled to get into our own scene as there really isn't anything else like us in Brisbane. so we were either too heavy for the rock bands, or not heavy enough for the metal bands.  In these harder times, how do you stay motivated with work and music? Music is the motivation for my life. it is what I do constantly. so its never something I lose motivation for. and work is just something I do in order to push my music career further. so motivation really isn't a problem. we all have make sacrifices for what we want. you just have to decide how far you are willing to go.  Who are you listening to at the moment? Listening to a hell of a lot of Frank Carter & the rattlesnakes, Dinosaur Pile up, LTNT, Queens of the Stone Age, RAAVE TAAPES,  Billie Eilish (just because I can) and Ecca Vandal.  What do you like to do away from music? Im never away from music haha. but I guess traveling gets me in another zone. I enjoy the fresh experience of being in a new environment. Having lived all over the world growing up. its slightly comforting to keep moving. I especially enjoy Africa. it bustling with life and the wildlife is insane and leaves one in absolute awe. Any secrets that you care to share? Vote for Sub Solar in the Brisbane city councils QUBE Effect competition. ( opens in June) and you could see us at a major festival this year. What's planned for 2019? An EP, A Tour + many other shows and More recording.  Favourite food and place to hangout? Favourite food is some sweet Italian Seafood Ravioli, and id say one of my Favourite places to hangout is Crowbar Bris, the Brass Bell in Cape Town, South Africa, and The Montreux Jazz Festival, where I'll be working this year in Switzerland. so come hang out whenever haha.
What is your name and role within Vesper Green?
Hey, my name is Nick Ashby, I am the singer songwriter and guitarist in Vesper Green.

Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
Currently based in Brisbane Australia. the music scene in Brisbane is small but diverse. I’d say it’s a supportive scene and the most exciting thing is that recently there seems to be a whole bunch of new bands really starting to do something more unique instead of replicating a particular style exactly as it was.

How did you first start playing music?
I first started playing music when I heard Nirvanas nevermind. I know its classic response. and Nirvana really isn’t our biggest influence. but that was the album that inspired me to pick up a guitar in there beginning. that and Eric captions “cream of Clapton” album.

How did Vesper Green form?
Vesper Green formed between guitarist Chris Fleming and myself. born out of the ashes of our previous band, we were keen to keep moving forward. the other two members auditioned later that year.

What have you been working on recently?
Well we recently finished recording a couple songs for our EP. They are currently in the mixing process and hopefully will be ready to be mastered soon. apart from that we’ve actually got a whole bunch of new material in the works. so definitely not short on creativity at the moment. I think we’ll continue to prepare the EP and play many more shows, before we announce tour later this year.

You had your show at the Zoo on the 13th of April, how do you normally prepare for gigs?
The work that goes into the show in the weeks leading up are the hardest. constructing a set that not only flows well, but creates an emotional journey can be so draining sometimes. at the end of the day, as well as being Artists, we are Performers. so theres a lot of work that goes into representing the music justly in a live setting.

What influenced the sound and songwriting for ‘Sub Solar’?
Sub Solar is just a big conglomeration of influences. Definitely ones that people wouldn’t expect. id says huge part of Sub Solar was based on sounds coming out of the early to mid 2000’s. you could name bands such as Bloc party or Queens of the Stone Age for instance. but the song really is there to portray an array of emotions felt through a panicked journey.

Where and when did you record and who did you work with?
We recorded with Josh Wilkinson if Burrow Studios’ in his studio in Samford and a hidden gem of a studio, deep in the forests of Mt Glorious. We recorded it October last year. Bryce Moorhead mastered the final track for us. we really enjoy working with Bryce and Josh as a team.

How do you usually go about writing music?
Usually the riffs and ideas come to me while I jam by myself and once I have a basic outline I’ll bring things to the band and we’ll work on it from there. But usually I have an idea of how everything should fit together and how things should sound, so it’s pretty easy to put everything together.

What programs/instruments do you use?
We record everything on Protools, however we usually run it back through an analogue tape machine in order to get that nicer authentic analogue sound. in terms of gear we have an array of amps we record with from Marshall Jcm800, Peavey 5150, Vox AC30 and Fender baseman’s. We Generally use Fender Guitars. most of our rhythms were done using a Fender Mustang, while the leans and leads were done using telecasters and Strats. otherwise our rhythms section uses the good old drums and bass guitar. not too different from a classic band setup.

Your debut EP is on the way, can you give us an idea of what influenced the sound and songwriting and what we can from your first EP?
I Think since we’ve taken such a long time to produce an EP. not for lack of songs, the songwriting has has time to mature. you can expect to hear diverse range of influences in our new tracks. The main kicker is that its something that you can’t find anywhere else. its music you can hear the influences in, however has our own sound to it. our own feeling. its something that is designed to hold its own. As a band we struggled to get into our own scene as there really isn’t anything else like us in Brisbane. so we were either too heavy for the rock bands, or not heavy enough for the metal bands.

In these harder times, how do you stay motivated with work and music?
Music is the motivation for my life. it is what I do constantly. so its never something I lose motivation for. and work is just something I do in order to push my music career further. so motivation really isn’t a problem. we all have make sacrifices for what we want. you just have to decide how far you are willing to go.

Who are you listening to at the moment?
Listening to a hell of a lot of Frank Carter & the rattlesnakes, Dinosaur Pile up, LTNT, Queens of the Stone Age, RAAVE TAAPES,  Billie Eilish (just because I can) and Ecca Vandal.

What do you like to do away from music?
Im never away from music haha. but I guess traveling gets me in another zone. I enjoy the fresh experience of being in a new environment. Having lived all over the world growing up. its slightly comforting to keep moving. I especially enjoy Africa. it bustling with life and the wildlife is insane and leaves one in absolute awe.

Any secrets that you care to share?
Vote for Sub Solar in the Brisbane city councils QUBE Effect competition. ( opens in June) and you could see us at a major festival this year.

What’s planned for 2019?
An EP, A Tour + many other shows and More recording.

Favourite food and place to hangout?
Favourite food is some sweet Italian Seafood Ravioli, and id say one of my Favourite places to hangout is Crowbar Bris, the Brass Bell in Cape Town, South Africa, and The Montreux Jazz Festival, where I’ll be working this year in Switzerland. so come hang out whenever haha.

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