Interview: Navigating the Storm, An Insight into Bad Weather’s Musical Journey and Creative Evolution

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What inspired the creation of your latest single, “The Man Or The Boy”? 

Lyrically was written at a time I was feeling stagnant in my life. I found myself questioning whether or not I’d  become the person I thought I’d be. It felt like I was quite trapped within my own thoughts and felt compelled to  write about it. Musically we just wanted it to feel quite anthemic. Something you could listen to and shout out the  lyrics.  

Can you elaborate on the thematic elements of mental health and self-reflection present in your music,  particularly in this new release? 

As a person I’ve always found it quite hard to be vulnerable and open up to people. I think a lot of artists are like  that. They speak through their music rather than directly to people. I feel like I’m always learning more about  myself, my shortcomings, my strengths as life goes on and through that process it’s natural for me to want to  write about it. I always treat my creative process as a diary entry. 

How did the collaboration with Michael Bono influence the production and overall sound of “The Man Or  The Boy”? 

We’ve known Michael for a long time now, and every time we work with him it feels so easy. It’s essentially just a  group of mates getting in the studio together, trying to make the best thing we possibly can. Usually the way we  work is by bringing in a finished demo of the track. Michael’s ability and professionalism to take our music to the  ‘next level’ whether it’s through added production, writing or the final mix is awesome to witness and gives us so  much energy. 

Could you walk us through the songwriting process for this track, especially in terms of overcoming  creative blocks? 

I had brought in most of the song as you hear it now to our home studio. Jono and I both felt like it was a special  song and we decided to try and finalise it in one sitting. We were actually stuck on the chorus for quite sometime  and I’d been struggling to finish lyrics for that part of the song. We ended up setting up a microphone and I  started scatting melodies and words into the microphone. After about half an hour we had pieced together the  lyrics for the chorus. That idea of riffing and scatting into a mic is something we always end up doing. It means  you’re totally in the moment and through that we always end up finding a bunch of cool sounds and words that  come out subconsciously.  

What do you hope listeners take away from “The Man Or The Boy” in terms of its message or emotional  impact? 

That no matter how low you feel like you are, there’s always a tomorrow and a better day. We live in a time  where people put so much pressure on themselves to be ‘totally put together’ or have it all worked out. The main  message for me is just to be kind to yourself, trust your process and be unequivocally yourself. 

How has your sound evolved since your debut single “Teenagers In Love,” and what aspects of your  musical identity remain constant? 

I think we feel like we’re starting to find our own sound now. We’re getting a lot better at writing and production  and it’s starting to feel more consistent. We feel a lot more confident in our creative process and have learnt a lot  since that first single. I think something that’s remained the same for us and will continue to do so is our honesty.  We’re both big believers in having total artistic freedom to do whatever feels right to us. If a song we’ve written  doesn’t make us feel something then we just move on.  

What challenges did you face in recording and producing this single, and how did you overcome them? 

Honestly, apart from finding lyrics for the chorus there really was no major challenges for us. I really believe that  you can’t force a song. If it’s not coming naturally straight away then we tend to move on and turn our attention  to something else. The only other small challenge we had was getting vocal takes right. I really wanted to make  sure I was conveying the emotion and sentiment of the song through my vocal delivery.

Can you discuss the significance of the chorus and bridge in “The Man Or The Boy,” particularly in  relation to the song’s overall narrative? 

I think the chorus and bridge kind of sum up the whole idea of the song. ‘Pulled apart from the inside out’ refers  to the inner conflicts and monologues you go through when dealing with hardships. Again, we really wanted the  chorus to feel like a big release of energy and emotion. The lyric in the bridge ‘my ears are ringing, never been  good at forgiving myself’ is one of my favourite lines in the song.  

How do you approach translating the raw emotion of your songwriting into a live performance, and what  can audiences expect from your live shows? 

I think just being totally in the moment. If you believe in your songs and what you’re singing that emotion will  come out naturally on a stage. We really just try to have fun when we play live. We want to make shows an  ‘experience’ for people. Somewhere they can come to escape, dance or just feel apart of what we’re doing. 

In what ways do you feel your experiences supporting other artists and touring have influenced your  growth as musicians? 

It’s always awesome seeing other artist live and watching what they’ve adopted as songwriters and live  performers. Collaborating or even just sharing ideas so important to us, especially with other musicians. Seeing  musicians do what they love and conveying their passion and artistry on a stage always makes us feel inspired.  

What role do you see your music playing in the current indie music scene, and how do you aim to carve  out your own niche within it? 

I think we’re just trying to be our own favourite band. We don’t shy away from labelling ourselves as pop artists.  We tend to like walking the line of ‘pop’ sensibilities paired with left field production and lyrics. I do feel at times  Australia doesn’t take pop music seriously. There seems to be an a-typical Aussie indie band ‘sound’ at the  moment which we’ve never felt like we aligned with. I’d like to think we’re offering something different for people.  

Looking ahead, what are your aspirations for the future of Bad Weather, both creatively and in terms of  reaching new audiences? 

Right now we want to be putting out as much music as we possibly can. We’ve never felt more inspired and  driven as we do now. I want to create a world of our own music that people can dive into anytime they want and  get lost within it. We’d love to tour more as well. Now that so much is done online, I think people forget how  important and fulfilling shows are.

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