Q&A Scene: Melbourne Music Bank Finalists Special – Dali of BATZ

Melbourne Music Bank - BATZHow did you start out in music?

All of us have different musical backgrounds and are from different places in Australia. Christina and I studied music in high school and are mostly self-taught musicians. A couple of the boys went to Uni to study music and we’ve all played in different bands.

What, or who, inspires you?

So many things. A lot of our songs are reflections on real life experiences that we’ve had in Melbourne together. We are creatures of the night and our music comes from there. Obviously we are huge music lovers so we take influence from bands like The B-52’s, Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, Blondie and The Cramps.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

Like a big piece of raw steak being slapped onto a bench and then drizzled with expensive champagne.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

I wish I wrote Bent (Roi’s Song) by Diiv. I feel like I say that out loud as well whenever I listen to it.

How did you feel when you were announced as a finalist? 

I think I was eating lunch and had a mouthful of sandwich. Weird time to pick up a phone call but because I didn’t recognize the number I thought it might have been a telemarketer. Glad I did though. I was mostly just excited to tell everyone else in the band.

In less than five words, convince the readers why they should vote for you. 

We’re coming for you.

What’s next for you?

We’ve got a couple of music videos coming out which are really fun and funny. October we will have some gigs at a bunch of our favourite places to play in Melbourne like The Evelyn and The Grace Darling and Old Bar. Then I guess it’s back into the board room for songwriting, recording and plans for general world domination. 

What’s your scene?

I suppose it’s Melbourne’s inner northern suburbs. It’s where all of us live, gig and go out.

Deep within Melbourne’s inner Northern suburbs, BATZ was born consisting of vocalist Christina Aubry, bassist Dali Platt, guitars Jakob Kagan & Jim Stirton and drums Joshua Aubry. The 5 piece found themselves gathered around a table drinking whisky & wine and decided the time was right to create music for those who love the after hours.

For more information about the Bank of Melbourne finalists, visit Scene News.

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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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