Debut album Morningside is out on May 5th.
Touching down in the UK to promote her debut album Morningside, Fazerdaze, aka Amelia Murray, has been working up to this release for a while. Having already toured in the UK with Big Deal and after joining the Red Bull Music Academy in Montreal last year, the musician is ready to get her album out into the world. Self written, self recorded and self produced, the album documents growing up and finding a place in the world amongst hazy guitars and dreamy vocals.
We had the opportunity to catch up with Fazerdaze ahead of her UK tour dates to chat all things Morningside.
Overblown: How did Fazerdaze begin?
Amelia Murray: It started after my last band broke up and I had all these demos and song ideas sitting around going to waste. I was desperate to make music but struggling to find the right band so I basically taught myself how to record and started working on an EP. I uploaded it onto the internet under the name Fazerdaze and it has slowly grown and developed from there.
O: How does it feel knowing that the songs you wrote in your bedroom are now being played in other people’s bedrooms all over the world?
AM: It’s very exciting and fulfilling for me. When I’m hanging out in my bedroom, music and books really keep me company so its nice to think that my maybe music gives back in the same kind of way.
O: Your album Morningside was named after a suburb in New Zealand, how did your location influence how you wrote the album?
AM: I recorded the whole body of work over many different flats and locations. I’m very sensitive to my environment so the constant change of moving and not feeling at home anywhere really affected how I was feeling during the writing and recording process. Morningside was the suburb where I finally felt at home for the first time in years so after completing the album there, I decided to name the body of work after it.
O: Are you looking forward to playing some shows in the UK– how did you find it last time you were here?
AM: Yes, I’m really looking forward to it! We’re playing a few Spring-time festivals like Live at Leeds and Sounds From The Other City (Manchester) as well as going to places we haven’t been before like Leicester and Bedford. Last time we were here we had a great time in Bournemouth, Glasgow and Manchester so we’re excited to be returning to those cities and hopefully we’ll see a few familiar faces from last time.
O: How do you find touring and being musicians from New Zealand?
AM: Touring over here is a really big deal for us because of how far away from home we are. New Zealand is so small that you can’t really play too many shows before you are over-saturating the tiny population and scene. It’s also really exciting for us to get out of New Zealand and to be meeting new people, new bands and seeing new places.
O: Your music video for ‘Take It Slow’ was recently released, and it’s a very nostalgic and homemade looking video, how did you come up with the concept for it?
AM: I sent the song to a few directors and I liked the simplicity of Julian Vares’ concept (the director). He had a very simple idea which was to capture us hanging out in front of a film camera while he focused on composition. The idea really appealed to me as I often find videos difficult and painstaking and this one was relaxed and easy and we could just be ourselves.
O: Who are your favourite artists to listen to at the moment?
AM: I am currently very obsessed with everything Mica Levi does.
O: What are you most looking forward to with the release of your album?
AM: I’m looking forward to it not being mine anymore. I’ve spent a lot of time with it and I can’t wait for other people to have it and to hopefully connect with it in their own way.
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