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SFS | 5 mins with Milly Tabak

The Miltones front-woman Milly Tabak took a break from writing her bluesy folk-rock ballads to chat with us about her band’s upcoming summer festival debut at WOMAD. You can also find them this summer at MarchFest in Nelson.



Describe your perfect summer music festival in three words

Mud, friends, dancing

Name the top three artists who would make up your ideal festival line-up

The Guess Who, Fleetwood Mac and Janis Joplin

What are you looking forward to most about playing the summer festival circuit?

Showcasing some of the new music we’ve been working on. I locked myself away this summer to write about some stuff I’ve been going through and it’s finally at the stage where I can share it with everyone!

In your opinion, what’s this year’s Summer Anthem?

All the Young Girls Love Alice – Elton John, always.

Out of all your tunes, which one is the one that ‘never fails’?

Gypsy Queen is always a crowd favourite.

What’s are the top 3 tracks on your Spotify playlist?

Nothings Wrong – Haim
Depths – Yumi Zouma
Outstanding – The Gap Band

What’s your personal ‘guilty pleasure’ track

I have sooo many!
That Don’t Impress Me Much – Shania Twain
Ignition – R. Kelly
Ride Wit Me – Nelly

What’s your social media of choice?

Instagram – I’m constantly deleting it off my phone so it doesn’t take over my life. I’m addicted to #cakeporn.

Who do you follow and where?

Anika Moa on Instagram because she’s a funny bitch! I even followed her all the way to America last month to attend the International Folk Alliance in Kansas and she had me in tears the entire time.

What’s your go-to festival outfit?

Anything by the amazing Brook Tyson. Her creations make me feel like a goddess! She’s actually just finished two new pieces for me to rock on stage at WOMAD!

Word association:

  • Music – Life
  • Festival – Dancing
  • Camping – New Years
  • Fashion –  @brooketysonnz
  • Roadie – Singing

Returning for it’s 14th year at the stunning TSB Bowl of Brooklands and Brooklands Park in New Plymouth, WOMAD New Zealand is a celebration of music, arts and dance from around the globe. Buy your tickets here.

1DP | Day 89 of 100 Days, 100 Individuals

For as long as I can remember, The Feelers have always been one of my favourite New Zealand bands.  Their first two albums, Supersystem (1998) and Communicate (2001), was what I spent my first ever (hard-earned) paycheck on and ever since, I’ve been hooked.   And I’m not the only one… with endless sold-out tours and five successful albums to their name; The Feelers are without a doubt, a part of New Zealand Rock Royalty.

This year, frontman James Reid is taking a break to work on his solo project titled ‘Saint’. With work on the album nearly complete, we’re on the edge of our seats waiting for a little sampler.  We talk to him on Day 89 of our 100 Day Project.

What’s your biggest fear?

I have a few but don’t really dwell on them, but thanks for asking. Living in a box, mentally and physically or in a body that has given up yet my mind is still alert. It would be like a living prison. Or being the guy that had to maintain the brain jar experiment. The brain jar janitor. What a lonely boring job. That is if you weren’t allowed to interfere with the synaptic processes. Then think of all the experiments you could do. Sorry what was the question again?

What’s your purpose in life?

To bring as much joy and happiness to peoples lives and be the best father I can be.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about plenty of things, fishing, music, art, knowledge and generally events and occasions that provide rewarding memories.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

If I had it my way I wouldn’t go to bed, that’s probably why I don’t sleep that much, there’s too much to do. Or maybe it’s a cat sitting on your chest. A child laughing or crying. An early flight. A song idea from a dream.

Everyone has a dirty little secret, what’s yours?

If I were to tell then it’s no longer a secret. That’s one of the problems in life; no one can keep a secret. So then you have this other question “who can you confide in?” Do you have to make people sign confidentiality agreements before you start a conversation? So many times you have an idea and chat to someone about it, and next thing you know they’re claiming credit for it or doing it themselves. I know I should talk less and act more. Action not re-action. See ranting on. Next question…

 If today was your last day on earth, what would you do?

Skype the world, massive conference call to family and friends. Party, lots of hugs. Kiss random strangers, But most importantly wonder why it was my last day on earth. What had I done? Was it everyone’s last day or just mine? Who decided it would be the last day for me? So many questions.

What is your happy place?

In the studio recording, fly fishing in some beautiful location, Playing live to an audience that is getting right into it and everyone is fully connected, lost in the music and the moment and nothing else matters. AND… Somewhere that will explain why it was my last day on earth. It’s still got me confused.

What will you be doing for the rest of 2013?

Releasing my new Project. SAINT, which is a solo record for now, but with the view to expanding it to more guest artists. In all sorts of different art forms. Touring and planning for next year I guess. I have to look past today. Plan big dreams for the future, it gives you hope. But you have to live in the moment also. Or as a wise man said, if you spend your time with one foot in yesterday and one foot in tomorrow you’ll be pissing on today. Excuse the language but you get the idea. Deal with your regret and shame and move on. So that sounds like a busy few months ahead.

1DP | Day 48 of 100 Days, 100 Individuals

Describing themselves as a musical group, Baptism of Uzi is undoubtedly one of Melbourne’s most exciting rock and roll bands.  They’ve impressed crowds at Laneway Festival, the DIY Camp a Low Hum festival and will be taking the stage at Splendour in the Grass this Friday.  If Beat Magazine’s anything to go by, everyone needs to see Baptism, their live shows are an epic event.  We talk to guitarist/vocalist Bojan Stojanov on Day 48 of our 100 Day Project.

What’s your biggest fear?

Not getting to complete ideas.

What’s your purpose in life?

To do what I love.

What are you passionate about?

Music, writing, art, making connections with people, relationships.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Knowing that there is something to try out; a musical idea, words on a page.

Everyone has a dirty little secret, what’s yours?

I am obsessed with pop culture. I love this song:

If today was your last day on earth, what would you do?

Go for a walk in a nice environment – recently Thomas and I went to Trentham Falls, which was really nice. Try and record a song.

What is your happy place?

An empty beach with nice waves and white sand.

What will you be doing for the rest of 2013?

Working on songs, developing skills, trying to learn something new, and trying to make new friends.