Words by Georgia Wright.
With the recent re-release of Jarrow’s ‘Cody’, there is no question that self- taught and self-produced Melbourne artist Dan Oke (Jarrow’s leading man) has a big year ahead of him. With an upcoming collaborative tour with band ‘Good Boy’, Splendour in the Grass and a second album on its way there is no doubt Dan will be keeping busy. When a 2016 gig sparked a connection between Jarrow and Good Boy it only made sense to embark on a collaborative tour together in 2017. I spoke with Dan about his new single, talk of a new album, Splendour in the Grass, music inspirations and the Wiggles concert being his favourite gig of all time.
Firstly, your new single ‘Cody’ is out, how have you found the reaction to your new sound from your supporters?
Yeah, it’s been pretty good so far. I put out the song a while ago as a demo on Soundcloud so it’s really cool to get that back on the internet and people being able to listen to that song again. So yeah really cool reception so far.
You’re going on tour with Good Boy this month, how do you find doing shows with the boys?
Yeah, we had a show together last October and it was a lot of fun. It was just at the Grace Darling in Melbourne, and yeah it was really cool. We both enjoyed our sets a lot so it just made sense to go on a big tour together.
Is that show what sparked the collaboration between Good boy and yourself?
What do you love most about doing live gigs?
I really enjoy being able to perform with the band! Usually when I record Jarrow songs it’s just myself writing and recording, but playing the live shows I get to share the music with my friends to a lot more people, so it’s really exciting.
As well as your tour with Good boy this month, you’re playing at this year’s Splendour in the Grass, how excited are you about playing there?
We’re all really stoked. A lot of the bands in that line up are huge and it will be our first show in Byron Bay as well so, we’re all looking forward to it.
Who are you most excited to see at Splendour in the Grass? And how do you find being surrounded by these artists?
Man, I’d have to go through the line up again. I dunno I think last year we played at Big Sound which was one of our first ever festivals and that was pretty exciting because we got to just spend time with a lot of bands that we’ve looked up to for ages and now they know who we are ,so it’s like we’re a real band now pretty much.
Tell us about your music, how did it all start and how did you develop your sound?
I met most of the band when I was in high school. We’d been playing in a couple of different bands around Melbourne and we just kind of met through different networks of friends, and I think it was late 2014 when we started playing shows. It was really a pretty quick process once I got everyone together, and then start learning the songs, and it gelled quickly after that.
Who’s your greatest source of inspiration for your music making?
I’d say there’s a lot of bands in Melbourne that I listen to that I picked inspiration from quickly. There’s a lot of the local scene that I vibe with a lot. Bands like Grizzly Bear, Daniel Rossen from Grizzly Bear, I really like his song writing and guitar playing style, so I kind of picked up a lot of inspiration from that. I dunno, I listen to a lot of different bands pretty often so it’s kind of a big hybrid of those.
What was the best gig you have ever been to?
Best gig I’ve ever been to was The Wiggles. It was somewhere in Geelong and I went to see them in 2000 and that was probably the best gig I ever went too. I guess it was with the original line up as well so it was good to see them in their prime back in the early days.
What are your plans for 2017?
I’m most of the way through mixing my second album at the moment. So depending on how that goes, we might end up doing more shows. Right now the focus is on getting that album done, and see what happens from there.
You can catch ‘Jarrow’ at The Blurst of Times festival this month, Splendour in the Grass in July and multiple gigs across Australia.