In the first of a regular series of Q&As with artists performing at this year’s The Others Way festival, we catch up with Andrew Wilson from Die! Die! Die!
Now in their 15th year, the punk three-piece are about to start work on their seventh studio album, which also reunites them with bassist Lachlan Anderson, who left the group after their 2012 album Harmony.
Have you been to The Others Way Festival before – either as a performer or punter?
I went to The Others Way in 2015 as a punter and I really enjoyed myself. I loved seeing The Bats and seeing them connect with so many music fans from different generations.
What can fans expect from your set this year – will you be trying out some material from your upcoming new album?
Yeah we should have at least one or two new songs ready to play by then! Before The Others Way we will be up in Dargaville in the studio writing so it will be nice to return to the city.
What other artists are you most looking forward to seeing at the festival?
Bailterspace, The Beths, Death and the Maiden and Wax Chattels!
Would you like to see festivals like The Others Way staged in other cities?
I think if they could do it in Dunedin and Wellington, that would be amazing!
Auckland has lost some iconic music venues this year – has that affected you and what needs to happen to rejuvenate the live scene?
Of course it is sad losing venues, but new venues are opening as well. I think people just need to stay passionate about music, look after themselves and each other, support local venues and music –that is enough to rejuvenate anything!
What can you tell us about the new album and when do you expect it to be released?
We are tossing up a few ideas at the moment. We have been working with Thomas Bell at Chicks in Dunedin on some exciting stuff. We would like to have a new album out by the middle of 2019.
This year would seem to mark your 15th anniversary – anything special planned?
Nope – got any ideas for us?
The music industry has changed beyond in recognition during your career. What’s been the biggest change for you and what are the biggest challenges facing bands like yourselves in this new era?
Well, I got Spotify for the first time in my life and before that moment, I kinda wasn’t caring or paying any attention to streaming, so I think that’s gonna change things for us. I think the important thing for bands who have been around for awhile is just toremember why you do it and not get disheartened.
• The Others Way 2018 will be held on August 31 and will feature more than 30 acts performing across 13 venues on Karangahape Road. Click here for more information.