Everguide interview: EG catches up with Sydney trio Seekae, November 2011

I interview Sydney electro pop trio, Seekae on the eve of their appearance at this month’s Harvest Festival. The band have been making plenty of waves, and not just in Australia: when I caught George Nicholas on the phone it was the night after they’d played Low End Theory, Los Angeles’ iconic weekly music party in Lincoln Heights. Nicholas was good value. Excerpt below.

Taking over the world, one country at a time: that seems to be the objective of Sydney trio, Seekae. Of course, it’s easy when you have an album as excellent as the Independent Music Award-nominated +Dome under your collective belt.

But it’s not just in the recorded world that George Nicholas, Alex Cameron and John Hassell thrive. Seeing Seekae live can be a magical experience, the layered sounds of their albums brought to life in front of your eyes. Little wonder then that the group are in high demand, both in the United States and the UK. They’ve been quick to respond, making multiple trips to both countries in 2011.

It’s only appropriate that when Everguide catch George Nicholas on the phone it’s the night after Seekae played Low End Theory, LA’s iconic party that takes over the Airliner in Lincoln Heights every Wednesday night. Nicholas is celebrating a successful gig by buying some booze. We take it as an opportunity to pick his brains about the year so far, as well as Seekae’s upcoming slot at Harvest Festival.

Matt Shea: You would be in Los Angeles at the moment, I’m guessing, George.
George Nicholas: I am. I’m in a bottle shop getting some tequila.

MS: Is that to celebrate a good show at Low End Theory last night?
GN: It is. But I guess the whole thing’s been a big, long celebration. I don’t know when the celebrations start and stop, but it’s been great. It’s been really good. To be playing at Low End Theory, where all our heroes play, is great. It’s fantastic to be playing somewhere where Flying Lotus has played. Gaslamp Killer played a set after us, and Jonwayne, so it was great. There was a really good crowd, and it was a really humbling experience.

MS: You’ve just done a quick set of dates in the US – why such a short tour?
GN: It was supposed to be longer, but we had a few visa problems. The US immigration department wanted to keep us out [laughs]. So we ended up playing two shows in New York and one here in LA, and we’re off to the UK tomorrow. It’s been a pretty intense run of shows, but it’s been great to just be able to come over to the US.

MS: I laughed when I read in Mess+Noise at the start of the year that you would have troubles getting your MPC and other equipment through airport security. Is that still the case?
GN: Oh, yeah man. UK border security checks are like child’s play compared to the US. We have to take out every single piece of cable and electronics that they thought was potentially a bomb or something. We were there for about half an hour, just taking things out of our bags and talking through what it all is.

MS: You made a comment at the start of 2011, George, that you were the poorest you’ve ever been. You’ve had a massive year with a highly successful album. Are you still poor?
GN: Yep, definitely. It’s that balance between touring Australia, when we managed to get a few bob in our bank account, and then coming overseas. You lose a bit of money coming over here, but the Australia Council gave us a grant to come over to the US, so that always helps – they’ve been really supportive and given us a couple of grants now, so that’s been really good. The tequila really takes it out of your bank account, along with all the other stuff that goes along with touring, but I wouldn’t give it up for the world. We’re just so stoked to be able to come over here and have people show up for the shows.

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