Q&A Scene: Jaron Freeman Fox & The Opposite Of Everything

Tell us about your new album/ tour?
We’re ecstatic to be headed back for our second Australian tour this March and April, from the Blue Mountains Music Festival to the MONA in Tasmania to the Fairbridge Folk Fest in WA, and for this tour we’re releasing a special Australian advance version of our new album! After 3 long years of perfecting this material, in front of fellow freaky artists, audiences from every crevice of the universe, and lastly deep in our studio lair, we’re so happy to finally be letting these composition critters loose on your fair lands, in stereo!

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?
Definitely the title track off of the new release “Hoop Snakes”. Being able to conjure up emotions which can’t be described with words is one of the truly great things about making instrumental music, and this piece is a quintessential example for me.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.
One time after a gig in Indonesia I ventured into the “monkey forest” to see how the little guys reacted to my frazzled fiddling. After a few minutes of playing for a unimpressed but large audience of sombrero-sized primates, I turned around to see a bunch of them had unzipped my fiddle case, and were ready to rob me of my instruments! I managed to get everything back, without contracting rabies, but I’ve definitely more careful about offering unsolicited concerts to wildlife ever since.

What, or who, inspires you?
Zappa, Dali, Kendrick Lamar, and long walks in soggy socks.

Which song do you wish you wrote?
Cold Water by Tom Waits, The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky or Friday by Rebecca Black

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
Pickled asparagus. Because I’m not sure if I like it, but I sure as hell can’t stop eating it.

What’s next for you?
We’re touring North America and Europe for our summer, then touring China in the fall, after which, I’m going to fulfill my life-long dream of studying throat singing and morin khuur (horse-head fiddle) in Mongolia!

What’s your scene?
Norwegian jaw harp tunes sung in Seinfeld quotes by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s ghost, as the soundtrack to a nudist fire juggling party. (Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up)

About Jaron Freeman Fox & The Opposite Of Everything

Described as “Tom Waits playing the fiddle, backed up by the Mahavishnu Orchestra”, The Opposite of Everything transform Jaron’s intricate compositions into an infectious party!  Bred in the mountains of Canada’s rural north-west, Jaron Freeman-Fox redefines what the violin is capable of, and gives you no choice but to take his mutant species of music on its own terms.

Having produced or played on over 40 albums and toured the globe many times over as a solo artist, bandleader or collaborator with artists such as Delhi 2 Dublin, Ben Caplan, and Sam Lee, Freeman-Fox fuses his roots of fiddling and jazz with his musical studies in India, Sweden, and Indonesia, while playing the 5-string violins of his late mentor; fiddle pioneer Oliver Schroer.

Tour Dates

Thurs 17 March : Sunset Studio (Newcastle, NSW). 7:30pm, $15

18-20 March : Blue Mountains Music Festival (Katoomba, NSW)

Wed 23 March : Smith’s Alternative Bookshop (Canberra, ACT), 7pm, $20 / $15

Thurs 24 March : The Factory Floor (Marrickville, NSW), 8pm, $15 /$20,

Fri 25 March : The Spotted Mallard (Melb. VIC), $15, w/ The Willie Wagtails

Sun 27 March : The Who Club (Warburton, VIC), 8pm, $10

Mon 28 March : Flying Saucer Club (Melb. VIC), 3pm

Thurs 31 March : Homestead (Hobart, TAS), 9pm, Free entry.

Fri 1 April : Live at the Wharf (Ulverstone, TAS), 5:30pm, $5

Sat 2 April : Mountain Mumma (Sheffield, TAS), 6pm, $55 dinner & show.

Thurs 7 April : Clancy’s Fish Pub (Fremantle, WA), 8pm, Free entry. w/ King of The Travellers

Sun 10 April : Clancy’s Fish Pub (Dunsborough, WA), Free entry

Tues 12 April : Ellington Jazz Club (Perth, WA), 7pm, $15 / $10, w/ Turin Robinson (trio)

Wed 13 April : Indi Bar (Scarborough, WA), 8pm, Free entry, w/ Patient Little Sister

15-17 April : Fairbridge Folk Festival (Pinjarra, WA) w/ Edema Ruh + The Jerry Cans (CAN).

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