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Headquarters: In the studio with Grayson Gilmour

Wednesday 3rd May 2017

Wellington musician Grayson Gilmour is ready to set loose his 8th solo release, 'The Otherness' on Flying Nun in July. For our occasional video series Headquarters, RNZ Music's Kirsten Johnstone visits Grayson's attic-space studio to find out about the tools of his trade.

At 32, Grayson Gilmour reckons he’s the most confident about everything he’s ever been.

“As soon as I said ‘see ya later’ to my 20s, it’s like a whole different chapter of my life opened up.” The first single from his new album The Otherness riffs on this sentiment, inspired also by a quote from an architectural treatise by Hundertwasser:“The straight line is godless and immoral.”  

Gilmour has been releasing albums since he was 16, in 2002, and this will be his eighth solo release. He’s also done albums with his now mostly defunct band So So Modern, and has won awards for his film scores.

His home studio in Mount Victoria is a visual and aural feast. A collection of miniature pianos, a set of candy coloured desk bells, rows of vintage synths, Bollywood film soundtracks on cassette, inspiring books on sound and architecture, a vibraphone and marimba, guitars and pedals. It’s surprising he gets any work done, with the overwhelming array of tools to choose from.

“ I do write a lot of stuff out of happy accidents with noises. But yes, a bit of restraint is needed when you’ve got a lot of things to toy around with.”

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Kirsten persuaded Concert FM to give her a job filing CDs, switched over to National soon after, and has been at Radio New Zealand ever since. She’s learning to play the banjo.
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