Up and coming Ballarat five-piece Gold Fields have delivered a debut single to much acclaim. They’ve already attracted a following in the UK, which will no doubt continue to build on that when they support NZ buzz band The Naked And Famous on their UK tour this month.
Interview: 16 November 2010
Tell us about your music – how did you develop your sound?
We developed our sound in our guitarist's bedroom in Ballarat.
We have a little recording studio set up, and that's where we spend most of our time hanging out and writing songs.
We started writing and recording music in his studio around June this year.
When we write, we treat each of our songs individually and it seems to be working for us at the moment.
We all have different tastes in music, however we are all suckers for hip hop beats and a lot of that can come across in our music with the drums and percussion arrangements.
Producers like Pharrell and Jay-Z we are all really into but we're a long way off sounding anything like hip hop.
Are you playing live shows?
Our first live show was in Sydney, far from our home town of Ballarat and that was at the end of September.
Since then we've played 6 shows in total in Australia and now we're in the UK playing a handful of gigs.
It's a bit weird knowing that when we get back to Australia, we would have played more shows overseas than back home haha.
Tell us about the scene in Ballarat – some great bands have come out of there!
The scene in Ballarat is quite diverse and continually growing.
With bands such as Howl winning Unearthed High and Yacht Club DJs leading the charge, it really does motivate the younger guys and girls to get out there and start making music.
The Karova Lounge always gives young local bands a stage to play on, that venue has played a big part in developing local bands recently.
We always looked up to Epicure who really paved the way for us as musicians, as well as The Mavis's.
What’s coming up in the future?
Hopefully more touring in Australia and jumping on some festivals. Perhaps visit the UK and do more touring there.
Really focusing on writing a lot more songs for a debut release in 2011, so it should hopefully be a busy year for us next year.
Australian music is?
Like a box of chocolates...