We checked in with Matthew ‘Woody’ Woodley, drummer and vocalist with Montreal group, Plants & Animals, and asked him what was in the water in their hometown that helped it consistently kick up so many unique bands: ‘Beer. But more specifically, the formula is cheap rent equals less time working and more time playing, plus a vibrant, multicultural town, plus tons of good musicians, plus plenty of nice venues, equals audiences who show up, support and enjoy, times media attention and sharing, times cross-pollination, all equals a healthy musical ecosystem’.
FOR CREATIVE INSPIRATION
In partnership with our friends at Optus, we present the third in a three part Lost At E Minor video series that puts the spotlight on some young, handpicked Australian creatives, doing inspirational things within their chosen fields. Episode Three features 16-year old Melbourne-based producer, Gab Strum (aka Japanese Wallpaper), who has racked up thousands of plays over the past year or so via a number of well-blogged remixes ranging from City Calm Down and The Townhouses to bootlegs of The xx and Bon Iver.