Honest and intensely human, Melbourne group Whitaker present music fuelled by melodic drive and timeless sensibility. Your modern woes, your hopes and fury are nothing new to Whitaker
Q&ADefine your genre in five words or less:
Timeless, Melodic, Honest and LyricalHow long have you been writing and playing music? Was there a song or moment that first inspired you?
10 years. When we started playing together, we just wanted to be The Strokes, so we wore suits and Chuck Taylor's.If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why?
It would probably be Jeff Buckley because a lot of our early inspiration as teenagers came from watching one of his concerts dozens of times.What are your favourite venues?
Northcote Social Club, The Forum, The East Brunswick Club (R.I.P), The Corner Hotel, The Empress, RevolverWhat are your top 5 favourite albums?
Radiohead - The Bends Sufjan Stevens - Come On Feel The Illinoise! Wilco - Wilco (The Album) Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid Mute Math - Every album they've ever done and probably will ever doWhat is your most memorable gig (playing or watching)?
Playing at a winery in The Hunter Valley (NSW) during an electrical storm. We were barefoot standing in puddles of water on what was a very wet stage covered in wires and all our gear. We were rushed off stage just as presenters warned punters to stay away from trees and other such dangers. It was wet and wild (like the amusement park, but heaps more dangerous)Where do you usually draw inspiration from as a writer? Do you have a process? eg music first, lyrics first etc
Differs each time. Ryan (lead singer and writer) seems to have waves of epic writing blocks with songs pouring out of him. Sometimes starting with just a Chorus, or a lyrical phrase, Ryan has honed his skills in completing songs over a couple of days rather than leave them unfinished for years. Usually once the bones of a song are in place, Ryan takes it to the band to arrange parts and help structure the song. It becomes a very collaborative process when developing the sonic outcome of each song.