Andrew Barnum known for the Vitabeats early 80’s electro smash album Spot the Spanner and single Beat Box has a new collaboration with Producer Boris Hunt – ‘Memory Collective’ is out and about – he gives us a little insight into his background below —
- What is the first record you bought and why? “The Rolling Stones ‘Big hits, high tide and green grass’ in a plastic sleeve from Palings, George Street, Sydney. I bought it because potential girlfriends and bandmates liked it, and all the mothers couldn’t stand Mick. The rebel factor. The first album would have been The Beatles ‘Please Please Me’, but we got that one for Christmas from our parents as a peace offering. “
- What current OZ acts inspire you? Augie March, Dick Diver, Basenji, Machine Translations, Courtney Barnett, Brendan Gallagher, Java Quartet, Perry Keyes, Mark Lucas, David Kilgour (NZ), Necks, Missy Higgins, Paul Kelly, Gareth Liddiard/Drones, Nick Cave, Sarah Blasko, Urthboy, James Muller, Mad Dog Boy.
international acts? Blur, David Bowie, Sufjan Stevens, Beachwood Sparks, Beck, Derek Trucks, Brian Eno, Flaming Lips, John Scofield, Sigur Ros, Mac Demarco, D’Angelo, Sun Kil Moon, Damien Jurado, Bonnie Prince Billy, Bill Frisell, Radiohead, Daniel Lanois, Boards of Canada.
3 Tell us a little about your music and what a crowd can expect at a live show – ‘The Funky Folk-rock family band.’ Myself on acoustic guitar and vocals, Lissa and Cayenne Barnum on vocals, with Java Quartet members Michael Galleazzi (Bass) and Mike Quigley (Drums) plus guests.
4 Favourite artists of all time? Randy Newman, Van Morrison, Byrds, David Bowie, Pete Seeger, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan & The Band, Go-Betweens.
5 Fave film? O Brother where art thou
Fave Book? Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Fave place? South Coast NSW / Mexico
Fave animal or pet? Starpup (Our 16 year old Jack Russell terrier) (see him starring on the video right hand pane- ed) plus 2 donkeys: Mercy Marley and Thesis Lloyd And story if there is one. We’ve recently moved: our city studio is Marrickville, but home is now Meroo Meadow NSW.
6 Fave food or drink Horchata (Cold drink from Mexico made from ground almonds, sesame seeds, rice, barley)
7 You are backstage with Warren Zevon (RIP) what do you say?‘My first apartment stay in Hollywood was in the same street as the Hollywood Hawaiian Hotel from your song ‘Desperados under the eaves’. When were you there and how did the song come about?