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Since the start of November 2012 Reuben has been rocking the Australian Festival Scene playing for a number of artists and producers turning heads of some of Australia’s top musician’s. The singles that have been released over the past 18 months can now be released as a packaged project with some extra bonus material.
This tour has taken Reuben Stone Hit Factory over the ditch multiple times and will now take Reuben back to some of the most isolated and beautiful parts of the South Island of New Zealand. Joining him will be Auckland drum and bass legend, female-stroking bad man DJ Romantech. Also bringing her visual hand made with love digital Visual décor talent will be The Wanderer Productions.
Thurs 7th Feb - Hot Mama’s - Motueka Valley
Friday 8th Feb - The Play House - Mapua
Friday 15th Feb - Blue Ice Cafe - Franz Josef
Sat 16th Feb - Karamea Music Festival - Karamea
Sun 17th Feb - Karamea Hotel - Karamea
Thurs 21st Feb - Roots Bar - Takaka
Fri 22nd Feb - Secret Show
Sat 23rd Feb - The Strawberry Tree – Kaikora
Sun 24th Feb - Dux LIVE - Christchurch
This EP project has been a huge part of my musical existence for almost 2 years. At times it has seemed like I would never be happy with it, rushing to meet deadlines and moving the release date further and further forward. Now I’m really happy with it.
My goal was to make it sound like a real band, not just me playing everything to an average standard.
Locking with myself was a challenge but was easier than initially thought, what helped was set arrangements and a clear vision of how I wanted it to sound.
After 18 years of being bought up around Drums, Bass and guitars I had enough skill and knowledge to attempt this EP project by myself. I wanted it to sound like a solid unit giving the illusion that there is more band members involved.
I call this The Reuben Stone Hit Factory Band.
A few months after landing in Melbourne I was introduced to eccentric Melbourne film maker Darcy Gladwin by my good friend MO LO. Darcy is another very influential person in my Spy Planes EP project. He made the live virtual band a reality. I told him my idea that involved me being filmed playing drums and bass and then that being superimposed onto time lapse space footage. In the live show I play guitar and sing in the middle of an immersive visual so it looks like a 3 piece band. This idea didn’t phase Darcy in the slightest, he just said “Yeah mate, we can do that”. After a ten show national tour of NZ supporting Cure Motel the visuals have been turned up and the bugs ironed out.
She’s ready for lift off.
It has been a real pleasure working with the Rob Mayes, the Darth Vader of the New Zealand music Industry. Rob really put me through my paces on all the instruments involved. Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums and Synth have all been raked over with a fine tooth comb. He really got the best out of me, as a 100 album veteran producer should do. I was finding it hard to stay focused on a particular genre when I was thinking about recording this EP. Rob helped me render down the 35 song back catalog I had recorded as demos and helped me focus on the electronic Influenced Rock EP I have come away with.
The Spy Planes EP has been an amazing character building exercise for me after what happened in Christchurch I needed something to pour creativity into. This was the perfect outlet in a time where we were all confronted with crisis first hand. I’m so happy to have come away with something positive out of it. I can’t wait to come back to NZ and play this set out.