Fresh from their first overseas stint, Drax Project are back in Wellington, giving punters a chance to be part of the band’s history.
Their shows on April 13 and 15 will be recorded and released as live sets, and will include snapshots of the early, dirty covers of pop and hip hop tracks that helped gain the group notoriety as buskers.
Drax Project, named for a portmanteau of drums and sax, has a recorded output characterised by catchy pop hooks, lush production, and a polished musicality derived from the members’ deep interest in music.
The Easter shows at Caroline, come at the end of a busy summer with the band fresh off a successful main stage set at Homegrown as well as opening two shows for Six60 in Australia.
READ MORE: * Shapeshifter founder returns from hiatus with solo gig * Student trio builds momentum
Singer and saxophonist Shaan Singh said the band had taken huge inspiration from Six60.
“Since we met those dudes, I’ve written more tunes in a month than I did in almost two years.”
Singh said the focus of the shows will be on the covers that earned them their first fans, when they played as buskers and bar musicians.
It will be the first time these covers will be recorded for release and the EP of the Easter shows will be produced by their live mixer, to make the recording as faithful a capture of the show as possible.
The band are aiming at international audiences, and are aware of the challenge that comes with having to compete for ears with every other band on the internet.
“We need to work way harder for more people to listen to our stuff, because it’s so much easier for people to listen to your stuff.”
On the other hand, there’s no other time in history it’s been as easy for local bands to be heard globally, Singh said.
Bands have become famous overnight from things as incidental as a meme (for the record, Singh found Bag Raiders through the ‘Shooting Stars’ memes, and thinks the band are dope).
He’s glad that being known mostly in Wellington has given the band time and space to develop their ideas and sound before they tackle the tough international circuit.
“We’ve been in Wellington for three, four years, but in terms of the international scene no one knows who we are, which is cool for me because I want to play overseas, so it’s kinda nice to have our working process local.”
*Drax Project play Caroline on Manners St, April 15. Tickets from ticketmaster.co.nz.