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The Snowdroppers are an Aussie band doing good, with a tour on the way, thought it was time to interview the band about it all so read on.

1. Are you happy to the responses to the new album?

Yes, it hasn’t made us superstars or anything but the reviews were all positive and it debuted at #1 on the aria jazz and blues charts, I don’t know what that makes it, not a Gold record but surely at least alfoil or the gold stuff chocolate money comes in.  It was an especially impressive achievement for a rock n roll record. I was worried there was going to be an inquest or something.

2. Have you had much responses from people overseas?
One of the songs from the last record was used on a Norwegian ad and it seems a lot of the views on youtube were from Norway – but we haven’t had any offers to play Wacken or Monsters of Rock just yet. We’re hoping to get over to Europe next year.. apparently a few aussie bands do pretty well inGermany. There’s a guy in Croatia who pirates and sells our stuff in a shop over there, so maybe we’re big in the Balkans.

3. What do you guys like about touring?
Seeing new scenery. Eating at different Mcdonalds restaurants at 3am. Café breakfasts. The mystery of it all – you never know if you’re going to get cases of ice cold beer and whiskey with cheese platters, or a handful of drink tickets to share.

4. Do you think the internet has made it harder for bands and artists to stand out?

Its democratised things to an extent. There’s still an existing power structure beyond a certain level where I think you need either extreme talent, luck or connections to break through. We’re banking on the luck part. The internet has such a massive effect on the music industry with both positives and negatives. If you’re doing something with a niche appeal it can help connect you to other audiences in the same niche outside of your home town much easier. But it could also be considered to have a homogenising effect on local scenes. Its all conjecture I guess.

5. Who would you most like to collaborate with?

I’m going to do a seamless segue here. I think if you took the raw power and consummate songwriting of both Gay Paris & The Snowdroppers and mushed them together you’d have an unstoppable train of awesomeness. So we’re taking them on tour with us over the next few months for a few limited, surely amazing, surely sold out, shows around Australia. Finishing up with two consecutive hometown shows at the Annandale! But the second one without Gay Paris cos we figured we’d be sick of them by that stage. The first night will be more “ROCK” with Gay Paris and Born Lion and the second night will be more “& ROLL” with Kira Puru & The Bruise + The darkened seas. The Yin and the Yang, the Wu-Tang and The Poontang.

Friday Sep 6th
Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane Qld
Saturday Sep 7th
Jive Bar Adelaide SA
(Black) Friday Sep 13th
John Curtin Band Room, Carlton VIC
Friday Sep 20th
Annandale Hotel, Annandale NSW
Saturday Sep 21st
Annandale Hotel, Annandale NSW
*not with Gay Paris

6. What do you hope to get out of the tour?

We bought fancy tailored suits with the band bank account a few weeks ago (we’re hoping the suits arrive from Thailand before the end of the tour) which basically cleared us out flat broke. All our clothes prior to this were from vinnies or lowes. So we’re hoping to make enough money to recover from that. In retrospect it may not have been the smartest move but who can put a price on style?

7. What next for the band?
Just more writing for album #3! Sitting around in our fancy suits eating 2 minute noodles.

8. What does 2013 mean to you guys?
It means we’ve been a band for 6 years and we still haven’t figured out how to make money and sports cars. That’s a fifth of my life!

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