Jay Watson of GUM and Tame Impala – COVID-19 Quarantine Artist Test In

“Being in essentially the most remoted metropolis on the planet is lastly paying off.”

Apr 14, 2020

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We’re checking in with musicians through the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic to see how they’re coping with every part. What has their house quarantine expertise been like up to now and the way is the disaster impacting each their profession and artwork? Right here we examine in with Australian psych-pop musician Jay Watson, who releases music as GUM, however can also be a member of each Tame Impala and POND. Under we even have the premiere of a brand new video by which Watson performs his current GUM single “Out Within the World” in his front room in Perth.

We’re dwelling in future historical past proper now, unprecedented instances that may outline our period. In some unspecified time in the future we will likely be dwelling in a forever-changed post-COVID-19 timeline, however proper now we’re deep in it. Many have had their livelihood interrupted by the pandemic and included are most musicians, who make quite a lot of their cash by touring and performing, two issues they will’t do proper now. Most report shops are closed and vinyl factories are shut down, so album gross sales are depressed too. Our intention with this sequence is to spotlight the challenges musicians are going by means of proper now to hopefully encourage our readers and their followers to rally round and assist every musician (financially should you can, however we all know it’s powerful on the market for many individuals).

We’re all on this collectively, an entire planet united on this combat, and we hope these interviews will assist illustrate that. We put collectively the identical set of questions in regards to the present disaster and emailed them to a number of musicians and will likely be posting their responses as they arrive in. 

GUM lately shared a brand new tune, “Out Within the World,” through a Laura-Lynn Petrick-directed video for the monitor. It’s being launched as a 7-inch single through Spinning High Music/Kung Fu Nation, with a canopy of Ballroom’s “It’s a Unhappy World” on the B-side.

Watson had this to say about “Out Within the World” in a press launch: “The tune is in regards to the feeling of wanting to surrender and by no means speak to anybody ever once more after one thing goes incorrect. It began off as a jangly 12 string people kind of factor, earlier than morphing into my model of Fleetwood Mac meets Cleaners From Venus. It options little or no keyboard and synthesizer for me and extra guitars than I’ve used shortly, it was necessary to have that texture.” 

GUM’s final album was 2018’s The Underdog. It was his fourth album, following his 2014 debut Delorean Freeway, 2015’s Glamorous Injury, and 2016’s Flash Within the Pan.

Tame Impala (which is led by Kevin Parker), in the meantime, launched a brand new album, The Sluggish Rush, in February through Interscope. 

POND launched a brand new album, Tasmania, again in March 2019 through Interscope. That was adopted by one other new one in November 2019, Classes, additionally through Interscope. Classes options newly recorded reside studio performances of songs from throughout their discography.

Learn on as Watson displays on his COVID-19 expertise up to now.

The place are you spending the quarantine and who’re you spending it with? Should you’re spending it with different folks, have you ever discovered that the quarantine has introduced you nearer collectively or prompted pressure?

I’m in quarantine with my household in Perth, Western Australia. I’ve a four-month-old son so it’s really been very nice staying at house with him, albeit a bit hectic in the home.

Is everybody in your loved ones secure and wholesome up to now?

Yep, all of my household and pals are secure and wholesome up to now, contact wooden. Western Australia has only a few circumstances comparatively, so being in essentially the most remoted metropolis on the planet is lastly paying off.

What’s your day by day routine been like? Have you ever spent a lot time open air? And since musicians spend a lot time on the highway, have you ever discovered it onerous adjusting to a lot time at house?

I mainly get up, go for a run, after which work on music when I’ve free time till dinner. To be sincere, it’s not too totally different to what I usually do after I’m at house and never on tour.

What monetary impression has COVID-19 had on you and your band? Have you ever needed to cancel or postpone any excursions or pageant appearances or postpone an album launch due to COVID-19 and the way will that have an effect on you in the long run?

My report is popping out quickly, however it really fits me completely as I by no means have time to tour the GUM stuff anyway. Tame Impala and Pond exhibits have been cancelled or postponed, however we have been working by means of them and developing with different methods to be inventive and generate profits.

Do you belief the federal government and our leaders (resembling President Trump) to successfully take care of the pandemic? What most considerations you in regards to the response of elected leaders at house and overseas?

I don’t belief Donald Trump to do something appropriately or justly. He’s fully consumed by himself and his repute on essentially the most shallow and childlike stage. I belief some governments greater than others however the entire thing isn’t free from concern is it. You hope that everybody is simply doing their greatest, however it looks like there may be quite a lot of ego and nations evaluating their outcomes to one another, moderately than simply making an attempt their hardest.

How do you assume the disaster will have an effect on this November’s U.S. presidential election? Will it make it simpler or tougher to defeat Trump?

I don’t know what impression this may have on the uselection, however I do know that historically “wartime” presidents have been re-elected and that is just like that when it comes to international disruption.

Which sources of stories have you ever been turning to most throughout COVID-19 and which social media platform have you ever discovered most helpful? 

I watch the trashy Channel 7 information in Australia within the morning briefly earlier than I get indignant and switch it off. Then I watch SBS at evening to see what’s happening world wide. I am going on Instagram far an excessive amount of. It’s tremendous necessary for my music and dealing with different folks, however it’s slowly turning my mind into chocolate pudding.

What do you assume would be the lasting results on society of all this remoted time at house?

I don’t know what the lasting results of this will likely be, and it’s inconceivable to take a position, like every part with this virus. I believe and hope possibly some folks will get to kind of reset their lives and our bodies and psychological well being to some extent. A little bit of a “Glow-Up” if you’ll.

Are your mother and father, grandparents, and others in your life who’re in danger taking social distancing severely? If not, what lengths have you ever gone to with a purpose to persuade them to remain inside?

My prolonged household all reside on the opposite aspect of the nation, however I’m not too apprehensive about my mother and father as they apply social distancing yr spherical anyway!

What different steps ought to report labels, music streaming platforms, and different music business entities be taking to assist struggling musicians by means of this time?

Maybe greater than an infinitesimally small sum of money per Spotify or Apple Music play could be a begin.

What’s one of the simplest ways followers can assist you financially proper now? Shopping for vinyl and CDs, downloading and streaming your music, shopping for merch, supporting your Patreon web page or different crowd sourcing platform (should you use one), or another means? Is there a very cool piece of merch you’d like to spotlight?

I believe shopping for merch and data are one of the simplest ways to assist artists. Attempt to purchase stuff from artists that you understand want the money too, there are many artists who gained’t make any revenue this yr, however will likely be fully fantastic, and others who will wrestle.

Which albums, songs, movies, TV exhibits, books, podcasts, reside streams, video video games, board video games, and so forth, have been serving to you get by means of the quarantine?

I’ve been listening to Nick Properly, a lot of dub and many soul. I’ve watched Tiger King. Apart from that I’ve been making music every day.

Have you ever been doing any live-streamed concert events throughout COVID-19 or do you intend to? Quite a lot of artists have been doing them, do you assume it’s a problem to make them unique and attention-grabbing?

I did a reside stream for an Australian pageant referred to as IsoAid the opposite day. It was enjoyable however was very nerve wracking weirdly. You possibly can’t see anybody however you understand they’re there.

Is there one thing you’ve been pushing aside for a very long time, however are actually doing with this time at house?

I’m going to complete portray the entrance of my home, and I’m going to do an immaculate job. There’s no rush!

Has the quarantine been a fertile inventive time (are you writing or recording new music, for instance) or have you ever discovered it onerous to give attention to inventive endeavors?

I believe any free time I get is fertile inventive time for me. Even when I’m struggling to jot down song-y songs I’m completely happy to take a seat there for six hours a day and make noise with pedals and toys that nobody will ever hear. There actually is not any excuse for being bored nowadays, with each bit of data ever obtainable at your fingertips. If I acquired actually bored I’d try to be taught a brand new language, or learn to make my very own fuzz pedal or one thing.

Past the plain gadgets (resembling bathroom paper), what issues have you ever made positive to get from the grocery retailer when stocking up? And, additionally, do you could have any bathroom paper?

I purchase:

Purple and Inexperienced Cabbage
Oat Milk
Candy Potato
Greek Yoghurt
A pleasant loaf of bread

That’s a normal GUM store

I’m consuming a little bit of white wine in the intervening time, in addition to Rogers beer from Perth because it’s mid-strength so I don’t get hammered each evening. Dad Booze.

Supermarkets in Australia have been promoting their very own kind of house packaged bathroom paper. You’re restricted to at least one deck of 4 rolls at a time. I believe it’s a very good system.


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