Q&A Scene: At the Dakota

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?
We released our debut EP ‘Stories’ in July, and we’ve been involved in the Darwin music scene for years & years. We really wanted to make an effort bringing Darwin into the national spotlight and share our Territory brand of indie-pop with our mates in other cities. It’s important for us to fly the NT flag high and get people interested in what’s happening here!

Our tour is hitting up our home town of Darwin, then Brisbane and Toowoomba, Melbourne and Adelaide, Perth and Bunbury, then finally Alice Springs.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
Imagine a good sausage with tomato sauce on bread on a sunny Sunday afternoon at a mates place, followed by a delish bowl of mango & vanilla ice-cream with honeycomb bits. That’s At The Dakota in food form! It’s like our Final Form, but sweeter. Pretty sure the tasty level is over 9000.

Which song resonates most strongly and why?
That’s a tricky question, because it’s really divided! Some people really love ‘Jonestown’, maybe because of the groove and dark lyrics, other people love ‘Peach Hat’ for that quirky, alternative pop going around at the moment, and some people love ‘Stumptail’ because of its dancy elements and sing-alongness..

Any on the road anecdotes?
We found out just recently that Dylan (vocalist) likes to rap uncontrollably when he’s smashed. We walked past Punch Lane when we flew down for a show in Melbourne the other weekend, and the name stuck as the foundation for his somewhat-freestyle hip-hop direction he wants to take us in. He wants to call it ‘Sugar Punch Lane’. We declined. The following morning resulted in our bassist Zac being locked out from where we were staying and having to sit in a coffee shop for over 3 hours waiting for us to wake up!

Where do you draw inspiration from?
Lyrically, it’s a combination of real human moments and experiences, with occasionally an element of random lyrics thrown in for fun. Almost RCHP-esque. But we like to write music that makes people want to dance and have fun. We love bands like Incubus and Cold War Kids, and we listen to a lot of great Australian bands like Smith Street Band and Sticky Fingers, but we also like to do our own thing and just write what we feel works best for us.

What’s next for you?
Returning home from the tour, we’re stoked to be supporting The Rubens on their Darwin ‘Hoops’ tour show. It’ll be a great way to round out the year. We’re looking at heading back into the studio to record a new Single, in prep for our next EP which we hope to release mid-next year. We’ve learned a lot about the recording and producing process after the experience of recording ‘Stories’, so we’re keen to get in and have another crack, and hopefully make an even better record.

What’s your scene?
Being the performers and spectators. It’s heaps of fun to play a great show then hop down into the crowd and enjoy the next band with everyone. That’s our scene. Friends and bands.

About At the Dakota

At The Dakota are Darwin’s freshest five-piece indie-groovepop band, comprising of the NT’s most well-known original artists combining their skills to write “feel good, dance-y grooves”.

Drawing influence from the likes of Incubus, Kings of Leon and Cold War Kids, the band have kicked off 2015 with some of the biggest shows in Darwin this year.

Their first single ‘Stumptail’ from their debut EP release ‘Stories’ (released in July 2015) took out the People’s Choice category for NT Song of the Year, and had been added to Spotify Australian & NZ’s ‘Indie Mixtape’ playlist, with over 7500 plays to date and constantly growing.

Since their inception in May 2014, the 5 piece’s sound has been very much influenced by their surroundings, with the laid-back, “beers on the beach on a Sunday afternoon” attitude that reflects the Northern Territory lifestyle to a tee.

“At the Dakota definitely bring something fresh, new and inspiring to our community. With a cool, chilled sound that reflects the lifestyle of Territorians, At The Dakota are definitely on the rise and a band to follow…”
Jean-Eddy Moutou (Foldback Magazine)

“Great to see music like At The Dakota coming out of Darwin, pop/rock songs with a raw edge and captivating vocals.”
James Mangohig (Sietta/Damn Moroda)

At the Dakota is
Dylan Podsiadly – Vocals/Guitar
Jaxon De Santis – Guitar
Paul Brandis – Keyboard/Vocals
Zac East – Bass Guitar/Vocals
Jay Wright – Drums

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