Groove City

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Groove City
What is your name and role within Groove City?

Hiya! I’m Cal and I’m the singer & songwriter.

Where are you currently based?

We just moved back home from Melbourne to Sydney.

How did Groove city form?
I’d taken about 6 months off music, licking my wounds from the break up of my turbulent first band, Thunderthief.
Dan and I had been spending a lot of time together forming our friendship via funk nights out listening to all our favourite music and dancing the night away.

That’s when I knew I was ready again. One evening not soon after I called Dan asking if he wanted to start a disco duo and before I could finish my pitch he cut me off mid sentence telling me to “shut up already, I’m IN” and promptly hung up on me.

What’s been happening recently?

We just played our homecoming show, Moonlanding, at The Factory Theatre with our new 3 part horn section, The Hornshank Redemption.

Your new track ‘Making Love On The Moon’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?
Mayer Hawthorne has been an influence since we formed, but particularly recently with his latest singles album. It’s full of beefed up nods to 70s/80s yacht rock and pocket groove. That’s where we want to take our sound.

As per usual, love inspired the songwriting. This time, it’s from a new found love and where it could go.

How did you go about writing Making Love On The Moon?

It usually starts with my acoustic and I spending some time together. I write the chords, vocal melody, lyrics and structure and then take the first draft to the boys. We plug in and from there.

Where and when did you record/produce/master and who did you work with?

We’ve had a home studio for the last 3 years. This was the last track we recorded in our studio during lockdown in melbourne last October. It’s also the first song of ours that we recorded, produced and master completely ourselves.

How did you approach the recording process?

We usually record a draft vocal and guitar and then build each instrument layer by layer. Multiple times as each roles part becomes more developed.

You’ve played massive sold out Headline shows as well as playing other great acts being Confidence Man, Client Liaison and Flight Facilities to name a few, how do you prepare for live shows and what do you most enjoy about playing live?
Our live shows involve a whole team these days. Most nights are spent playing the set over and over and then working with our wonderful lighting wizard, Lachie, on cues and colours.

The best part about playing live is the crowd. Seeing people singing along to our songs and having their own connection to those lyrics and dancing free of any worry is something truly special and I cherish that.

You’ve also had massive success on Spotify and Tik Tok, how has social media impacted Groove City?
Our South Yarra train station performance of Gold Chevvy really made people feel something during lockdown last year, huh?

Social Media really forced us to think outside the box while stuck at home last year. Our best is yet to come.

Who are you listening to at the moment?

Always listening to Steely Dan, Toto and Whitney Houston but I’ve actually been listening to Ben Folds Five most recently!

What do you like to do away from music?

Pretend I’m Larry Bird winning his third consecutive 3 point competition.

What’s planned for 2021?

Finishing up a couple more singles, a live tour, a disco concept album and launching another project ‘Hot Glass’.

Favourite food and place to hangout?

Mary’s Newtown.


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