What is your name and role within Nelipot?
BEN: Benjamin Day but most people call me Benny. I play the drums and a percussion pad.
JORDYN: I’m Jordyn (the other one) and I play bass, synth, backing vox & I sometime shake a tambourine. Other than that, my job is pretty much just making sure Ben & Jords are up to speed with whatever we have on.
Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
BEN: Like the other boys I am from the Central Coast, NSW, Australia. The scene is good and only getting better much like the local housing market in the area, a good steal for both first home buyers, property investors. Geography and financially not a bad spot to be for bands and home owners.
JORDYN: Yeah, based on the Central Coast about 10min from the other lads. To be honest, it’s pretty damn good and it’s only getting better. There’s some fantastic artists, venues, and promoters here that are going to turn this place into an arts capital in the next few years. Believe me, aye.
How did Nelipot form?
BEN: A common question asked at interviews. I usually look to Jordan for this one cause I wasn’t an OG member. But long story short, a busking band in terrigal, meets Jordyn, plays music, meets me, plays music and the rest is well, history, you could say.
JORDYN: I knew Jords in highschool, we weren’t mates. He was busking after we graduated and kept pushing me to play, I wasn’t havin a bar. I told him I’d play with a drummer and so he found one. Ben’s honestly the best person he could have snagged.
How would you describe your sound?
BEN: I think our sound would most amply be characterised as a mix between Brit pop and alternative rock. It’s a bit less ‘orthodox’ I think….probably due to all our different musical background and all the groups we listen to that influence us separately.
JORDYN: So, we come from some pretty diverse musical backgrounds BUT all together we usually end up somewhere between indie/alternative and britrock inspired tunes. Bands like Arctic Monkeys, Stone Roses, PJ Harvey, The Kills…were at the cross-roads of our musical influences so that’s kind of where we sit together. We definitely diverge from the staple when we find something new we like, but yeah, that seems to be our current comfort zone.
You have an upcoming tour with Lime Cordiale, where and when will the tour start and where are you headed?
BEN: Yeah just smashing out a run of quick shows with them in Brisbane, Byron and Goldie at the end of November and start of December. Very excited and Very interested to see if they are as weird as they are on social media. Gotta test the banter too.
JORDYN: We’ll be charging up the M1 on the 28th for a run of 5 dates with Lime between Brisbane, Goldie and Byron. There’s going to be a couple of packed shows up there and to be honest, Brisbane and Byron crowds have been our favourite so far.
You’ve just released a new music video for your track HYWASAY (Hey, You Wanted A Song About You) what influenced the sound and songwriting for this track?
BEN: All about being a coastie in a mundane relationship. Quite a common occurrence for our friends. Jordan had heaps of first hand experience with this one so he took a lot of control with it. As for me I was listening to a lot of ‘Gang of Youths’ at the time especially the song ‘Let me down easy’ witch influenced my behalf of it.
JORDYN: So, I’ve mentioned him a few times before, but it’s got a lot to do with our dear front man, Jordan. He’s a romantic, not a hopeless one, just a regular, complex, kind, emotional man in his early 20s who walks past love with oil under his feet. How do I know? Because frankly, he keeps falling in it. This track follows the narrative of one of his past relationships, detailed rather plainly through the lyricism, I think. Sonically, it’s pretty subdued and simple which I actually think best reflected the experience. I like it though, I just like writing and recording with the lads.
Where and when did you record?
BEN: Ummm some time at the start of the year at Brain Studios near Newtown, Sydney. Worked with the most pedantic guy I’ve met but it was really good. Hated the cat there, in fact I hate all cats.
JORDYN: Late July, with Clayton Segelov & Nick the intern at The Brain Studios, in the Inner West.
Please tell us about the video concept and how the video came to life?
BEN: Jordyn came up with the initial idea and I was feeding off that like a hungry school boy. I’ve slid down that hill before with some other mates and it’s heaps of fun, so when Jordyn recommended a trike I was all in. It was all at my house which was pretty easy and the videographer/producer was out mate too so communicating ideas was also easy.
Hope you liked it!
JORDYN: Yeah, Jords and I brainstormed together on a drive to Sydney once and it all just came together.
What do you like to do away from music?
BEN: Professional enduro mountain bike riding. Think I might go in the World Series next year.
JORDYN: I make cocktails for a job & I love chatting shit and making pretty drinks for my mates. Jordan and I are big visual arts fans, so we find ourselves investing a lot of time into illustrating, painting, that kind of thing. Ben likes riding bikes, we leave him to do that, aye.
What do you have planned for the remainder of 2018 going into 2019?
BEN: Few more gigs in Sydney, bullshit big parties cause I’m a party monster and hopefully writing some more songs!
JORDYN: More shows in Sydney and then locking ourselves away to write for the remainder of this year. Already have a coupla good support shows locked in for 2019, we’ll be sure to announce them as soon as we’re allowed.
Favourite food and place place to hangout?
BEN: Mmmm, probally Jordyn’s house. Something is always going on there. If not, it would definitely have to be the long jetty pub.
JORDYN: Everyone pretty much lives at my place, but there’s a few bars in Terrigal we’ll go if it’s not here. Mumbo Jumbo’s is a Tiki bar owned by some of the best arts advocates on the Central Coast, so it’s always nice to go support them in their hospo endeavours. Yeah, you’re joking if you don’t think Korean BBQ is on top.