IMA ARTIST Q&A WITH:
Band Name: LAVERS
Home Base: Canberra, ACT, Australia
Categories Entered: Album
Title of Work Submitted: Thought I Was King
Artists Featured: LAVERS
Instruments Featured: Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Drums, Piano, Strings, Vocals
What’s the story behind your band name?: The name kind of chose us, actually, in that Dom and Seb Lavers are brothers and started the project back in mid-2009 – it beat out the other band name ideas!
Describe your sound: The word ‘folk’ gets thrown around a lot since our songs are generally based on acoustic instruments, but bands like the Smiths, the Cure and Radiohead are all big influences. ‘Catchy’ can be a dirty word, but we like to think every song has something that can get stuck in your head for days!
Who’s sitting in your audience?: Dom and Seb’s Mum.
What’s your favorite press quote about your music?: ‘If Freddie Mercury and Noel Gallagher had a commitment ceremony and adopted a child, that child would be LAVERS’.
The song or songs that changed your life and why: The first album by Father John Misty – must have listened to this album 1000 times. I don’t know what he’s singing about but totally believe ever word!
Describe the first time you walked onstage: We first performed together in 2009 at the request of their sister, Sophie, after she was crowned Miss World Australia. It was a bit of a baptism by fire – walking out in front of 500-odd people – but was our first taste of the buzz that you get playing in front of an audience.
Why did you submit to this year’s Independent Music Awards?: It’s a great chance for our songs to reach more people – all we’ve ever wanted was a crowd singing along to our tunes, so anything that helps us towards that goal is a good thing!
If you win and/or get nominated, how will you use your IMA honor to further your career?: By telling the world about it, and then writing more and better songs.
Who is your musical hero & what would you like to learn from them?: Generally anyone who can write music that appeals to the casual listener but also rewards the more dedicated music lover – bands like the Beatles and Queen are great examples. We would like to learn how to write classic song after classic song!