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:: Spotlight :: Groove Armada Q & A for Bacardi Express

By: courtesy Peer Group Media

We spoke to Andy Cato from Groove Armada about the upcoming BACARDI EXPRESS 2009 tour…

Q. You have played four events around the world with BACARDI to date: Miami, Greece, Mexico and Brazil. Australia is the final destination – what have been the highlights to date?

A. Greece was a big one. It was the first time we synced our DJ set to the lights, visuals and lazers. The gig was in a velodrome where the UK had won some of it's very rare sporting gold medals. We added another win to the list that night. And Mexico crowds are always top class. That was another first too - the only gig we've done in a blow up arena.

Q. Your final event in Australia is The BACARDI EXPRESS - a Heritage Listed 1960’s “James Bond style” Southern Aurora train - how does it feel to know you will be partying, hanging out and possibly creating music in such an exciting and unique venue?

A. Well it could be a lot worse. If we can keep to the James Bond style and end up in the hottub surrounded by all the right company then so much the better.

Q. You have been to Australia a couple of times now, where is your favourite place here?

A. We've been to Australia a dozen times at least. We've had amazing gigs there over the last ten years. Centennial Park was special, as was the first time we played the Hordern. New Years Eve on Bondi Beach was everything you'd expect. We've played killer festivals outside Melbourne and Perth, and had a top ten night in the (now demolished) venue where the Beatles played on the Gold Coast. We've seen more nights to remember in Australian bars, clubs and house parties than you could hope to manage in a lifetime.

Q. What are you most excited to see/ do when you’re in Australia this time around?

A. To go to the Match Bar and Grill in Melbourne. A friend of ours has set it up to combine top food and drink with an enormous sound system out the back. Sounds like a one stop shop.

Q. What are the top ten albums and singles you are listening to at the moment?

A. In no particular order, Empire of the Sun, MGMT, She Keeps Bees, Bob Dylan, Loco Dice, Fleet Foxes, Byran Ferry, Horsemeat Disco, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Friendly Fires

Q. Where does the inspiration for the new EP come from?

A. All of the above.

Q. If you could choose an Aussie act to remix your EP – who would you choose and why?

A. Van She - because they did a great job. Failing that, Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons, just to have the name on the sleeve.

Q. What made you want to start up your own festival Lovebox?

A. We travel the world, seeing and hearing amazing things. We wanted to bring them back home.

Q. What was your favourite music video that you filmed?

A. At The River. Not a great video but I got to drive a golf buggy through a large pair of glass doors.

Q. What was the best gig that you’ve ever done?

A. Tricky one. You can't pick between closing Glastonbury, record breaking nights at Brixton Academy, Mount Fuji, Hordern in 1999, The Tunnel Club in NYC, the king of Lithuania's castle….

Q. Last year on the BACARDI EXPRESS the artists made their own cocktails and named them, such as Pnau's Cuban Pash and Scribes Bribe, what would your cocktail be and what would it have in it?

A. GA's Sweet Louise. It'll be a twist on the Mojito. The reasons behind the name will remain secret and tom might not agree to it.

Q. If you could go to any artist’s concert who would it be?

A. Oasis.

Q. Have you ever had anything crazy thrown on stage whilst you were performing? Or any other crazy fan moments?

A. We've had all the things thrown that normally get thrown. Recently I was sent a framed painting a polish girl had done of me, there's another couple who turn up at EVERY gig no matter where it is, lots who tell me all about the things they've done to our tunes, and all manner of stoaways, charlatans and dancing girls in between.

Q. What does it feel like to be on stage and look out at a crowd that is going crazy to your music?

A. It's tough.

Q. Where is your favourite place to travel to?

A. To play music, Australia. For holidays, The Clubhouse, Chamonix, France. Snowboard heaven in the mountains.

Q. If you weren’t playing music what would you be doing instead?

A. Playing football and growing vegetables.

Q. What do consider the highlight of your career?

A. I'll let you know when I get there.

Q. What would you like to be doing in five years time?

A. Regretting nothing.

Q. What’s on your:

A. DVD player- Das Boot
Bookshelf- What I Loved - Siri Hustvedt. How to Grow Your Own Vegetables.
i-pod- Demos from the new album
Karaoke list- I want to know what love is - Foreigner
Shopping list- Solar Panels for my hot water.

Concert Details:
Melbourne – Palace Theatre, Thursday, March 26, 2009, 7.00pm
Wagga Wagga – The Capitol, Friday, March 27, 2009, 7.30pm
Wollongong – Waves Nightclub, Saturday, March 28, 2009, 12:00pm
Sydney – Luna Park, Saturday, March 28, 2009, 7:30pm