Digging for Apples – Oblivious

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Digging for Apples - Oblivious

Digging for Apples – Oblivious

 

ARTIST NAME: Digging for Apples

 

SONG TITLE: Oblivious

 

RELEASE DATE: 5th March 2020

 

GENRE: Indie rock

 

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Swapping the rolling green hills of New Zealand for the gritty brick laid urban landscape of Manchester, Digging for Apples wants to tell you stories of heartache and setbacks of what it’s like to live in two worlds.

 

Singer-Songwriter Shane Robertson brings you an eclectic brand of feel-good Indie rock; sometimes delving into heavy soul, sometimes bordering between 70’s jam rock and northwest coast pop.

 

He invites you along with his lost travelling kindred spirits to take a bite and see how far the rabbit hole goes.

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Discuss your approach to music production.

All tracks have been recorded, mixed, and mastered at Red Sand Studios Manchester.

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Elaborate on how you come up with your lyrics.

It changes for every song – for ‘Oblivious’ – it was a throwaway comment someone said to me once which gave me the idea for the song.

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Discuss your songwriting process.

Chords usually come first, then the melody, some gibberish, then finally the words.

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Tell us about your next project.

The next project will be another single, then an EP later in the year.

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Tell us what you won’t do again in your music career.

I’ve learned that as an independent artist, learning how to do things yourself always pays off in the long run.

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Tell us how you ensure your music is engaging.

I try to capture a mood and distill concepts down to their bare bones. When I put the music back together, I’m aiming to recreate that feeling and make it openly relatable to anyone.

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Tell us your definition of harmony in music.

Harmony is the landscape and melody is the main character.

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State your opinion on the income from digital streaming.

The income from streaming is less important than building awareness of your project and your brand.

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Suggest ways that artists can make a living.

Instrumental teaching, playing in bars, playing weddings, casual employment.

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Tell that special moment you discovered music.

I discovered music through my Grandfather’s organ playing and listening to cassette tapes of The Shadows in the back of my parent’s car.

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State your best songs and the reason.

God Only Knows – The Beach Boys – I love the cognitive dissonance of the fear of loneliness in the lyrics vs the happy harmony and melody.

 

Somebody That I Used to Know – Elliott Smith – for the same reason.

 

Pyramid Song – Radiohead – because of its haunting quality.

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Discuss the difference between recording in a professional studio and home studio.

Real instruments vs recordings and plugins of real instruments.

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Tell us how you master your songs.

Red Sand Studio.

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Discuss your interaction with your fans.

Our fans are our friends and family!

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Tell us how you create the time to promote your music online.

I have to schedule it in! I try to document as much as possible at the moment when I can remember to!

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State what you know can be of help to a musician.

Diplomacy, consistency, working hard, being nice to people.

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Tell us the project you will run to better the society.

Free apples for all.

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Elaborate on the song.

I became aware of my own obliviousness after travelling overseas, a tendency to be too often unaware of the elephant in the room – especially when it comes to relationships and social cues.

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Elaborate on your artist’s name and the title of the album.

Digging for Apples is a phrase uttered from an obscure character in Alice in Wonderland.

 

My grandparents owned an orchard in my hometown in New Zealand and the band name looks back to my family roots and forward to my musical roots in the UK.

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Preparing for the end of the world doesn’t seem so weird these days

 

Feel-good indie rock outfit Digging for Apples (as heard/featured on Amazing Radio, Ear Jelly, Design a Gig podcast, Indie Central Music, Rock Current, glamglare, Lucy McCourt blog, and Twisted Hand) release new single ‘Oblivious’ on the 5th of March.

 

This quirky, heavily soul-inspired track is accompanied by a video shot by Axel W Films.

 

New Zealand born Manchester-based singer-songwriter Shane Robertson tells stories of the heartaches, setbacks, and realities of finding himself on the other side of the world.

 

The video recounts the final moments of the main character’s impending doom whilst remaining blissfully yet tragically ignorant.

 

On the themes of this Shane has said: “If everyone were more engaged and less oblivious maybe we wouldn’t be preparing for the end of the world.”

 

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