Wo­mad Q&A: Dragon

Taranaki Daily News - - Entertainment -

Iconic Kiwi hit­mak­ers Dragon are known for pro­duc­ing a stack of rock an­thems that most could sing-along to. Tara Shaskey talks to the group’s bass player Todd Hunter.

Wo­mad is such a di­verse lineup of tal­ent from all over the world, for peo­ple who may not have heard of your group, can you please de­scribe what your mu­sic is like?

Dragon mu­sic has a dis­tinctly Aus­tralasian sound. Whether it’s in the har­monies that come from our Fi­jian her­itage or the melodic songs that de­mand that you sing along or Leg­endary singer Mark Wil­liams’ ex­otic Maori/Span­ish back­ground. If you are at a Dragon show and you don’t know th­ese songs don’t worry - the per­son next to you will be belt­ing them out.

Tell us about your jour­ney with mu­sic?

The band formed on New Year’s Eve 1973 for New Zealand’s first ever rock fes­ti­val. The band re­formed in 2008 and nowa­days the lineup com­prises my­self as the bassist, and the only re­main­ing found­ing mem­ber, vo­cal­ist and gui­tarist Mark Wil­liams, Pete Drum­mond on drums and Bruce Reid on gui­tar.

From where do you draw your in­spi­ra­tion?

We love play­ing live and we get in­spired by peo­ple and bands who have only been play­ing for a few years and have a voice of their own. If they love what they are do­ing there’s a damn good chance we’ll love it too. Our whole thing is to be a work­ing band that plays ev­ery week­end. We re­formed in 2008 and haven’t stopped since.

What has been the high­light of your ca­reer thus far?

It would have to be when we pre­formed Rain at the Rhythm and Vines Fes­ti­val in 2010. https:/ /www.youtube.com/watch? v=606JGu­gyGT8

Have you been to Wo­mad be­fore?

Yes, I went to Wo­mad in Ade­laide a while back and loved it. I’ll never for­get it. At that time I was ob­sessed with any mu­sic that came out of Mali.

What are you most look­ing for­ward to about Wo­mad?

See­ing other bands. I’m per­son­ally look­ing for­ward to hear­ing new mu­sic. Also drift­ing around Taranaki for a while. I was born in Waitara and Marc and I spent most school hol­i­days stay­ing with fam­ily in New Ply­mouth.

Why is it im­por­tant for the peo­ple of the world to hear dif­fer­ent styles of mu­sic?

Ev­ery­one has the right to be happy and mu­sic makes that hap­pen.

Are you work­ing on any projects at the mo­ment?

We have just fin­ished record­ing a Dragon al­bum of new songs. We had much fun mak­ing it.

* Dragon will play the TSB Bowl Stage at 6.15pm on Fri­day. Wo­mad NZ 2018 is on from March 16 to 18.

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