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Weird and Wonderful Interviews from Our Splendour Archives


Though we’d rather be diving headfirst into Splendour in the Grass 2020 this weekend, we can’t say it’s all bad.

With some extra time and brain cells on our hands, we’ve had a chance to look in the rearview for a change, and we like what we’ve found. Being in charge of Splendour’s official festival newspaper, The Daily Splendour, definitely has its perks, and being given the chance to interview our favourite musicians, bands and festival veterans from across the entire globe is one of them (others include access to the backstage bar, generous helpings of Mary’s fried chicken and toilets made of gold, to name but a few). We rummaged around the archives to find some of our favourite conversations and tall tales from over the years, and here’s what we pulled out. Enjoy.

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Tame Impala

We managed to score the only interview with Mr. Kevin Parker before and during last year’s festival, and boy, were we pleased with ourselves. 2020’s The Slow Rush wasn’t yet out, so a shroud of secrecy still surrounded everything he said or did, and while we didn’t manage to squeeze anything out of the tight-lipped Kev, it still made for an amazing chat with one of Australia’s most famous exports.

Read it here.

The Streets

Mike Skinner’s impact on British hip-hop is almost as monumental as being given the chance to shoot the shit with him over the phone. Mike was darting around different festivals and time zones across Europe at the time (remember when you could go places?), but our persistence paid off and we managed to nail down a time to get onto the multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, producer, and all-round top bloke.

Read it here.

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Chip Monck

You probably don’t know how Chip Monck is, and that’s ok. What’s not ok is us telling you that he’s got one of the most insane life stories we’ve ever heard, and you choosing not to click through and read this thing. A quick rundown: Chip was the famed ‘beware of the brown acid’ master of ceremonies at Woodstock, Bob Dylan wrote some of his most famous songs on Chip’s typewriter, he got arrested by the secret service, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. A must-read.

Read it here.

Dave

Dave is a 20-year-old lyrical phenomenon from South London, but you probably already knew that. What you might not know is that he’s about as down to earth as they come, loves researching random things on the internet for absolutely no reason, and has very strong feelings for his Australian audiences. Another favourite from the archives, from an inspiring young artist that the world could do with a few more of right now.

Read it here.

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AB Original 

‘Our music is meant to spur on the conversations of the youth, you know. These songs aren’t for some dude in parliament. The change comes from the youth. We’re talking to them because it’s our younger cousins, it’s us, and it’s the younger kids who aren’t tainted or invested in some bullshit ideology that they don’t even understand.’ – When we rang through to AB Original’s Trials, he was posted up on the couch watching Game of Thrones—but if you think that stopped him from spitting hard facts, think again. The world needs voices like AB Original, perhaps now more than ever.

Read it here.

Splendour Founders: Jess and Paul

Splendour might be larger than life now, but before it hosted tens of thousands of punters and world-famous acts it was a grass-roots festival that was pulled together by the blood, sweat and tears of a passionate few, including SITG co-founders Jess Ducrou and Paul Piticco. If you’ve ever been curious about how a festival such a Splendour grows from an idea into the beautiful beast that it is, we definitely recommend checking this one out.

Read it here.

Santigold

Interviewing musicians, especially over the phone, can be tricky business. Not so if you’ve been blessed with a bit of time on the blower with the lovely Santigold. She’s one of the biggest legends that we’ve had the pleasure of interviewing in our years doing the Splendour paper, plus she told us some crazy stories about a psychic predicting her solo career success, playing in a college punk band, and more.

Read it here.

Sam Cutler

Although impossible to whittle down Sam Cutler’s life into a quick summary, here’s our best attempt: he was the tour manager for both the Rolling Stones and Grateful Dead, has survived three kinds of cancer, published a memoir, and travelled around Australia in his magic bus. If it’s legendary tales and drug-fuelled adventures from life on the road you want, Sam’s got oodles of them.

Read it here.

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