Music month gets under way

By Vomle Springford; vomle.springford@age.co.nz


There was no missing the start of NZ Music Month, as drummer Jordan Tredray kicked it off in Library Square with a solo drum performance.

Masterton residents were drawn to the square to see the skilled drummer launch the start of NZ Music Month along with other local talent.

Mr Tredray, 25, from Masterton, improvised his set, creating beats with not only the drums but the ground, the sides of the drums, and a wooden park bench.

"I close my eyes and then look up and everyone's there, it's like an out of body experience."

He had just come back from three years in Europe where he travelled and drummed with his band El Schlong.

He said he lived a great lifestyle but returned to Masterton because he missed home.

"If you don't know that Masterton is a paradise, you should probably leave."

He has lived "like a king" in cheap-living Poland, trekked across London carrying his drum kit in the snow and played in a lot of interesting venues.

"Our first gig in Germany was at a biker gang headquarters," he said.

Before he went overseas, Mr Tredray studied jazz at university in Wellington but took up an opportunity when some friends invited him to come overseas.

"I decided to leave uni because I came to the conclusion that when you study something that you are really passionate about, it can be quite detrimental."

After working in London for two and a half years, his band El Schlong received NZ funding to travel around Europe

Mr Tredray has been playing the drums for 12 years and is now teaching the drums at local schools, privately and at The Spot.

He said the landscape of the Wairarapa music scene has always been good and now it is starting to attract more bands from outside the region,

"There's a buzzing music scene for the first time in its history, with the opening of King St Live, it's really opening up a lot of avenues for musicians."

"There's a lot of kids and adults that are dying to experience culture here."

A range of musical events will be on in Wairarapa to celebrate NZ Music Month.

- WAIRARAPA TIMES-AGE

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