The Kiwi reggae hit So True
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.