The Kiwi reg­gae hit So True

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Each week we ask an artist how their most fa­mous work hap­pened. This week, The Black Seeds’ Barn­aby Weir tells us how they made So True.

‘‘We didn’t ini­tially choose So True asa po­ten­tial sin­gle from the al­bum. ‘‘But about a year af­ter re­al­is­ing the al­bum, On The Sun – oh, maybe not quite a year – So True got picked up by com­mer­cial ra­dio. Also, we had a good video be­ing made which re­ally helped.

‘‘I came up with a demo for So True at my ex-girl­friend Ge­orgina’s par­ents’ house – we’re mates... She also got an al­most break­ing up song and then a third al­bum – an EP of love, man – so she’s been quite pop­u­lar.

‘‘Any­way, we were house sit­ting and

"I started with that bass line... and added the reg­gae drops on top. So, ba­si­cally I just wrote a love song." Barn­aby Weir

they had a fam­ily pi­ano down­stairs in the lounge.

‘‘I had my kind of mo­bile record­ing set up... so I was record­ing a few de­mos and play­ing on that pi­ano.

‘‘I don’t play pi­ano well, but I can play some chords and sort of bass lines. And I started with that bass line, ‘da da da, da da daa da, da da da’, and added the reg­gae drops on top.

‘‘So, ba­si­cally I just wrote a love song; which was a play­ful kind of love song, you know, ‘The sweet­est stuff, you give to me’ in re­gards to her. It’s a poppy kind of love song, for her.

‘‘Then later on I took it to the band. We wrote a cho­rus, it’s [band­mate] Mike Fab’s. Then later we wrote Cool Me Down (Into the Dojo): [about the] same girl­friend.

‘‘She wasn’t there, in the room at the time.

‘‘I was just hav­ing a jam, mak­ing a demo.

‘‘When you’ve got that time, that cre­ative time, there’s no one who’s go­ing to say ‘no, that’s not cool’. You just go with your heart, it’s just a draft or scrib­ble. If it sticks, then I show it to the guys.

‘‘This was the af­ter thought sin­gle, it was prob­a­bly the fourth tune we re­leased. Also, it’s New Zealand so you don’t ex­pect to take on the world straight away.

‘‘Be­cause it was one of the softer songs we were do­ing, a softer lovey­dovey pop song, we were sur­prised. But we were stoked, ab­so­lutely pleased.’’

As told to Glenn McCon­nell. The Black Seeds are mid­way through a na­tion­wide tour.

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