Q+A with The Holidays: Jagermeister Independent Music Awards nominee
Sydney band The Holidays have been nominated for Breakthrough Independent Artist of the Year in this year's Jagermeister Independent Music Awards.
The band's guitarist and keyboard player Will Magnus took some time out of his busy schedule to chat to us about the group's nomination.
NovaFM: Congratulations on your nomination. What was your reaction when you found out you were nominated?
Will Magnus: We were ecstatic with the news, particularly as our album which came out a year ago, I guess we must still be in peoples' consciences! The JIMAs are one of the more credible awards in Australian music, so being nominated for Breakthrough Artist of the Year is a huge compliment to us and everyone who's been involved in our incredibly busy but fun year.
Q: What’s the first thing you’ll do if you win a trophy at this year’s awards?
A: Fight over who gets to keep the trophy and as such receive praise and glory from family and friends forever.
Q: In three words, tell us why you deserve to win.
A: We're really nice.
Q: What do you love most about being a musician?
A: The sporadic and spontaneous lives we lead. One minute we can be sitting at home with a guitar and some ideas, the next we could be playing in front of 1000 crazy festival goers on the other side of the world! We're currently in writing mode for LP2, but we've been asked to play at the JIMAs so we'll have to switch into performance mode for that night, then back into writing mode the next day.
Q: What's something we would never guess about you?
A: Our favourite food individually and communally are Peking Duck Pancakes.
Q: Why do you think the Jagermeister Independent Music Awards are important for Aussie music?
A: Independent music is a monumentally large, and growing industry, with the accessibility of home recordings, and how easy it is becoming to release music. I think it’s important to have one credible body sifting through this music and presenting to the public who they believe are the best in all these different categories. Every independent artist has struggled at some stage in their career, usually financially, but also attempting to publicise themselves, so acknowledging and helping independent music with a big publicised event like the JIMAs is another great reason why it is so important.
Q: What are three fundamental things you request in your rider?
A: Cheese, ice and Powerade.
Q: What's the most embarrassing album on your iPod, and why?
A: Mine was recently lost but before then it had a plethora of awesome/embarrassing albums! Boys II Men's album II (for the intricate a cappella harmonies of course) and Tina Turner's Private Dancer are both incredible. Between the four of us we have a remarkably diverse taste in music.
Q: What's the worst thing that's happened during a live show?
A: There was a festival we once played where everything seemed to go wrong. Simon, Alex and myself had all eaten some very precarious looking chorizo beforehand, ending up in the bathroom five minutes before we were supposed to be on stage. Andrew our drummer had not yet arrived and there was no phone reception. I had his ticket to get into the festival whilst being immobile in the bathroom. We somehow all ended up on stage, and played a set where Simon smashed his guitar into the drums and broke a chunk off his headstock and Will spilt a beer all over his amp.
Q: What’s your biggest pet hate?
A: I can be a bit pathological at times, but when people mix up simple grammar like your and you're absolutely does my head in! I'm a bit old school but I think with emails and text messages we're losing the art of the English language.
11. What are some of your guilty pleasures?
A: I've just moved house near the beach and the beautiful stench of summer is in the air, along with plenty of ice-cream.
The Jagermeister Independent Music Awards will take place on October 12 at Revolt in Kensington. Adalita will perform at the event alongside Illy, Emma Louise and Calling All Cars. Click here to see all the nominees.