Probably the one guy in town with the highest tallys of both shoe brews, and watching Horror My Friend live is legend Brett Pike. Director of local music blog The Bakehouse, and down right nice guy, we chat to Brett before his next party is thrown this weekend to scope some insight from a true local music fan.
For those who don't know you, what do you get up to in terms of the Adelaide music scene?
Dragging my friends along to gigs as often as possible, drinking beers out of anything that can hold liquids and when I have the time, having a chat with bands and trying to send out as many good vibes as possible. The more gigs I went to, the more I wanted to know about the Adelaide scene (bands, who was playing where, music the artists listen to, their recommendations) and that all led to me blogging about gigs and ultimately to The Bakehouse.
More often than not I'm front of stage at a Rocket Bar/Cranker/Horror My Friend gig, incoherently taking notes down on my phone and trying not to spill my beers at the same time. Beers because two are always better than one.
Give us a rundown of The Bakehouse?
So I've been writing under the title The Bakehouse for about 18 months now. I noticed there were some holes in the coverage of the local scene, thought to myself "There is a great fucking scene here, people need to know about all the awesome shit that local bands are doing". And I can't stress that LOCAL part enough. There are so much music media out there covering bigger local happenings, interstate bands, festivals, they all kind of blur together and become one great big entity, and somewhere along the lines some of the local stuff slips through the cracks.
We're all about connecting the bands with the people, showing people who don't normally listen to local artists that there is so much great talent in our city, getting people to the shows, covering the great shows and talking to the artists about what makes them tick, where they are headed with the music and some great stuff coming up for them. This year we're beginning to ramp things up though with more live shows, getting more contributors with new outlooks on the music and more editorial pieces too. It can be difficult at times because we (Bakehouse crew) all have to work and support ourselves and can't always cover as much as we'd like to but I think it's important to not overload ourselves too much with it all. All of us have bills to pay, things to save for and social groups that don't revolve around the music scene, it's all about finding that right balance. When your hobbies, the things you love, feel like work you're doing too much and will begin to resent them. It's important to take a break every now and then.
What do you love most about the Adelaide music scene?
Besides the best live scene in Australia? Once they step off the stage, they're just regular people who love having a chat, a bit of a party and having a good time. For that half an hour or so when they're onstage and they're in the zone, they completely own it and rightly so, but as soon as they step off they are all just genuine people. It's just as important to be a great act, as it is to be a fucking rad human being. And seeing someone do something that they love is completely captivating and there are few things in the world that can match that.
I'd love to see a bit more recognition nationally towards the bands here at home. It's slowly starting to happen with Tkay Maidza and Bad//Dreems but Adelaide has something that something that the other states don't. Or should I say Adelaide hasn't got something that the other states do. East coast bands typically have a "sound" about them whereas most of our bands are completely unique unto themselves. I've seen plenty of interstate bands receive massive media attention that aren't half the bands some of ours are.
Perhaps in the near future too something like Sydney's Sounds of the Suburbs or Brisbane's Blurst of Times to happen in Adelaide. A huge day/night across multiple venues and genres would be massive exposure for the scene in Adelaide.
Any suggestions for people wanting to get involved in the blogosphere?
Get to know as much as you can about the scene and the bands before you start because once you start writing and ingraining yourself, you're gonna realize how huge it all actually is and how much there is to know. Talk to the bands, they don't bite. I once heard about a girl who drank blood at a Dangerous! gig but surely that's about as cooked as it gets. But yeah a solid grounding on at least the bands you're interested in would go a long way. And don't feeling hesitant in contacting a media outlet about doing some writing. If you're willing and passionate, that's more important than being a good writer but not giving a fuck about the bands. It's easy to tell if you genuinely care about the music or if it's just bullshit.
If you could have a shoe brew with any three artist in the word, who would they be and why?
Well I was working at Laneway earlier this year and really wanted to rip one with Mac or Angus DeMarco but by the time they had rocked up to the artist village I'd finished my shift. They seemed like a couple of people who would definitely dig it. Dave and Brian from Japandroids, I feel would get really into the vibe but Dave did shotgun a West End Draught at their Ed Castle gig years ago (hands down best gig I've ever been to, Grizzlies destroyed the opening set too!) so I guess that's good enough. DZ Deathrays. I think if I asked them they would, they've done some serious shit in their time so why the hell not I guess.
The Bakehouse can throw a mean shindig, any party plans up your sleeve?
Aside from a showcase gig this weekend at The Producers Bar with Relying On Luck, Slick Arnold and Framework (you should definitely come), we have another gig planned with a bogan theme, a potential house party come June/July and a possible two nighter, or one massive gig at the end of the year to celebrate our 2nd bday. Keep an eye out!
Who are your favourite local bands to see live?
Young Offenders. Sincerely Grizzly. Timberwolf. All great people. The energy and party atmosphere at a Young Offenders show, Josh Calligeros presence on stage and Chris Panousakis for his uncanny ability to put a smile on the face of everyone in the room and get you up on your feet. And probably Horror My Friend. Most definitely Horror My Friend.
Any recommendations of local bands/artist we should be watching this year?
Anyone and everyone playing a show.
To really take their game up a level this year, Slick Arnold, never seen anyone like them before. Local, national or international, they are something else. Julia Henning is someone I believe has flown under the radar and deserves a lot of recognition for how hard she works and how talented she is. She's one kickass song/release away from taking the country by storm. And The Chase. They have the makings of a band ready to go national and I strongly believe as they mature musically they have the potential to do so.