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:: Spotlight :: Interview with Audio Shaman

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

Mixing magical doses of Middle Eastern and Latin soundscapes, with classical guitar, ambient and hip hop beats, Audio Shaman’s debut album ‘Welcome Traveller’ is striking a special chord with music lovers. We caught up with the Gold Coast-based pair of Paul George & Carey O’Sullivan for a quick chat to discuss the project.

Your new album is a ripper. Tell us about the creation of this album. What inspired it?

Paul: ‘Welcome Traveller’ is a collection of tunes we put together while on the road between Europe, Australia and India. Quite a lot of the recordings are of people we met along the way.

Are there any particular aspects of the album you feel particularly proud of? Any tracks where you can go “yes we nailed that”? Or do you both tend to be critical of your own work?

Paul: It’s easy to get overly critical of our own work; we’ve spent so many hours labouring over all the little sounds throughout the tracks. However to hear how the final product flowed as an album was a satisfying experience. It was nice to sit back and listen to it with less critical ears and a bottle of wine.

Was it a frustrating or rewarding experience?

Paul: Both! I think any obsession will always bring polar opposite emotions at various times, but all in all definitely a rewarding experience. We both seem to be consumed by the process of making music and it’s where we are definitely the happiest.

Tell us about some of the collaborations on the album?

Paul: One of my favourites would have to be with Vikram, an 80 year old Sarod player from Mumbai – he looked a lot like papa smurf and gave this awkward 25 stringed instrument such an awesome sound. I have a recording of us jamming that I still love to listen back to.

What artists have you been listening to in your downtime of late?

Paul: Kaya project, Struntz and Farah, Portishead

Tell us about your first memory of being inspired by music.

Paul: My first would have been Elton John's ‘Funeral For A Friend’, which seems a bit cheesy now, but as a kid I got lost in the dark synthesisers and trippy feel.

Carey - I bought Tubular Bells on record from a local school fate. I’ve always found the more stoner side of my parents collection more attractive; Pink Floyd etc

Any other news you’d like to share?

Paul: We are organising a gig to celebrate 60 years of the United Nations human rights bill - so keep an eye out for that one.

Audio Shaman’s ‘Welcome Traveller’ album is out now through One World Music.