Jacco Gardner (NewBreed)

Jacco Gardner (NewBreed)

This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series Newbreed2

Band Members:
Jacco Gardner – keys/vocals
Keez Groenteman – guitar/vocals
Jasper Verhulst – bass/vocals
Jos van Tol – drums

‘Clear the Air’, and ‘Where Will You Go’ both 2012

1. Who are the other members of your band and what do you all do?

Jos van Tol plays the drums, Keez Groenteman plays guitar and sings backing vocals and Jasper Verhulst plays bass and does backings as well.

2. Where are you from and where are you based?

I was born in a city called Hoogeveen, in The Netherlands. I am currently based in Hoorn, where my studio is situated.

3. What inspired you to start making music and how old were you? What is your favourite instrument of the many you play?

My parents sort of pushed me into music lessons and eventually I started singing in a band. I learned bass and guitar, and keys too. My favourite instrument would be the bass guitar as it’s perfectly in between rhythm and melody. You can feel the vibrations as you play which is great.

4. How would you describe the music you make, and how would you say your solo venture differs from the work of your band The Skywalkers?

I’d say my music is much more melodic and soft than The Skywalkers. The Skywalkers were more about energetic raw beat music with a catchy organ sound; this is not the case for my solo work. Most of the songs have a dreamy cinematic feel to them.

5. You are often compared to Syd Barrett, is he one of your main influences in music? Who do/would you play covers by? And who do you despise?

Syd is where it all started. He really shaped my way of songwriting as his songs were the first I learned as I started writing songs. I don’t really despise anyone I think, but if I’d have to play a cover I would find it very hard finding something that would suit me. It could be anything, as long as it suits my voice, arrangements and style.

6. How are you finding playing live? Although you haven’t been playing live for that long you’ve already had some incredible shows.

It’s a process I have to get used to. I still feel more comfortable in the studio but playing live does feel better as I get more experienced. A highlight would be the show we did at the Fuzzbox night on the “Le Guess Who?” festival here in Holland.

7. How would you describe the current underground 60s scene? Do you participate?

I don’t feel part of a 60’s scene at all. I like the wave of neo-psych bands that’s coming along from the US, but most 60’s scene bands feel to me like they are too busy copying the 60’s and they forget to be original. Even in the 60’s bands had to be original to stand out.

8. We’ve seen a recent, very exciting development of psychedelic music being embraced in more main stream circles, with the success of the likes of Tame Impala. What other current bands do you rate?

I like White Fence, MMOSS, Paperhead, Maston, Crystal Stilsts, Quilt, Temples, and a lot more.

9. What should we expect from you in the future? What are your plans and ambitions?

The album has to be out there, which is goal number one, but that one’s almost reached as it’s released on 12 February. I guess my next ambition would be to tour the world and meet lots of like-minded people to work on music.

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Holly Calder

I’m one half of Eyes Wide Open in Glasgow, where we run a club, a label and now the Double Sight Psych & Garage Weekend, which takes place at the start of October. I love psych, garage, freakbeat, popsike, and have even been known to enjoy a wee bit of R&B! Always enjoy travelling to 60s clubs and weekenders around Europe, whether I’m there to DJ or just to mingle and dance!

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February 5, 2013 By : Category : Bands,Front Page,Interviews,Music,Psych Tags:, ,
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