Quiet Child are a four piece from Adelaide who are steadily cementing their place in the local scene. They released their debut EP early last year and have been regulars on the live circuit. They are not afraid to embrace the melodic side of prog/alt rock.
Interview: 17 January 2008
Quiet Child are the winners of our Big Day Out SA competition. more about this competition »
Describe your music ...
... Quiet Child is mostly inspired by the alternative scene of the nineties ... the goal is to be as heavy as we are soft, and being equally successful at both ends of the scale. We also have a penchant for long songs with numerous parts, and melody is usually the number one focus point.
What is your pre-live show routine?
Nothing much really! Light conversation perhaps? There’s certainly no ceremonious gathering to psyche ourselves up with!
Who on the Big Day Out line-up will you be stage front and centre for?
You will find all of us somewhere in the vicinity of Midnight Juggernauts, Rage Against the Machine, Karnivool, Bjork and Silverchair ...
What is something no-one knows about Quiet Child?
To be honest, I don’t think there are any secrets hiding in our closet ... I’m sure if there are they’re very dull ... We’re all collectively obsessed with groove!? You simply can’t beat the thrill of a good groove ...
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
The best advice we’ve ever been given is that originality, or at least the drive to achieve it, should always play a huge part in your music. Listening to people tell you how to play, how to move, what content you should have etc. is usually a negative thing, especially when it consists of other relatively pointless things. These opinions are always secondary anyway ... people see bands jumping around on stage, so they assume all rock bands should. Ultimately, how you choose to present yourself, be it musically or otherwise, should be an honest expression of yourself, not another band or performer, regardless of how rich and famous they are! And we’ve learnt this advice from the best people to ask ... the bands and artists who have lived by the rule themselves.
Where do you rehearse?
We rehearse in a large room with a number seven on its door ... good air conditioning makes for happy band members! That’s for sure!
What have you got planned for the future?
Our future is a very exciting one! We have some brilliant gigs coming up, including the 2008 Adelaide Big Day Out thanks to triple j Unearthed! We have also just recently recorded the drum parts for our debut LP, which will hopefully be released in mid 2008! An extensive tour of Australia will follow soon after the release. Bring on the van and thousands of kilometres of Australian roads!
Australian music is ...
It seems that we have the best of both worlds in some respects. On the plus side, such a small population gives more opportunities for young bands to find their music legs a bit ... very few countries like ours have the amazing support and opportunities that a station like triple j provides for young musicians. But of course the flip side is Australia seems to sometimes be forgotten by the UK/US. One wonders why Silverchair and Eskimo Joe aren’t as adored around the globe as say ... Coldplay or the Foo’s? We all know their recent albums are easily as good as their overseas peers. Wherever there are genuine music lovers though, there will be a healthy music scene, and that’s what Australia has, and that’s what we’ll always have ... which is exciting to be a part of!