Following the release of his recent album ‘Running Handshake/B.L.U.E.’, Bobandii packed up his bags and headed on a nationwide tour. With four stops in Leigh, Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch featuring an array of artists from across the country, the versatile artist had an experience to remember.
We caught up with him and fellow tour goer Fable NZ on their final stop of the tour in Christchurch, to talk about their experience, and what they have learned while being on the road.
“It’s been a crazy tour man. We started up in Leigh which is near my hometown, then we did Auckland which is kind of like my new home town. There was a lot of love, especially in Auckland we really felt it. We’ve played with so many different artists! The Auckland show had 7 acts, the Leigh show had 5 acts, the Wellington show had 5-6 then down here in Christchurch it was just three, but it was intended to be 6. It’s just been such a crazy buzz meeting all these new people and creating relationships. Even just chilling with Fable has been great. We hang out in the studio almost every week and I feel like we’ve gotten to know each other so much better on the road. “
“One thing I learned on the tour is that it really taught me a lot about how you have to let go of the wheel. You can’t be controlling, you can’t control what other people think about you, you can’t control how reliable people can be. I’ve got no ill-mind on anybody, but nothing really went to plan on the whole tour. There were so many weird fuck-ups and mistakes, then people pulling out. Almost every show had a pull-out, which is pretty funny. It was just a big learning experience, when we got to the 3rd show in Wellington we thought screw it, let’s just have some fun. Which was probably the most liberating experience just letting go of everything.”
“It’s been pretty fun. As Silas was saying a lot didn’t go to plan, but in that, it made the trip what it was. It was such a big learning experience for all of us and it ended up being just three of us on the whole tour, but it just made it super fun. Shout out to Aiden Rogers who pretty much documented the whole thing, and Bobandii the ultimate music GOAT. It was really cool to get an experience like this, I hadn’t been to Wellington since I was a kid and I’d never even been to the South Island. It’s been really cool getting to meet everyone along the way.
“It’s been a crazy experience, just getting to make heaps of new music, and moving away from getting worried about plans or targeting and just getting back to making music. At the end of the day if you enjoy making music that’s what it should be about, and the tour has really highlighted that.”
“I want to touch on our videographer Aiden Rogers. Big ups to Aiden he was a rock throughout the whole thing. Not only did he come to every single show and film it, but he also was an anchoring energy on the trip and he always brought us back up. Before we left for Wellington I got caught up in my head and was really freaking out. I got up at like 5 in the morning and went over to Aiden’s house and he got in the car and was just the goofiest dude, which just brought my spirits right back up. From there I just knew this was going to be the most fun thing.
“Same with Fable, I don’t think I could have done this thing alone. We also made a whole new EP on the road, it’s all recorded into a laptop and phone mic. It’s just so buzzy to me, I get so caught up in the nitty-gritty of trying to get the mix perfect and this EP has been the most freeing thing. We’ve written so many songs since we’ve been away it’s crazy.”
“Aiden Rogers has been the GOAT and shouts out to Ute and Steve for letting us stay at their house. They’re so cool and they let us crash with them in Christchruch.”
Check out some of the images from the tour;
Shot by Aiden Rogers
Check out their recent EP ‘ten acre cottage’. Recorded while on tour, entirely through a laptop speaker.