The Dwarf In Conversation With: Breve

The Dwarf In Conversation With: Breve

Breve have just successfully funded themselves through a Pozible campaign, which we think is a very impressive thing for an up and coming band to do. These days it just doesn’t seem right to sign with a label and take out ridiculous loans that you may never pay back when you can raise the funds to do it yourself and end up creating exactly what you wanted to create. Sure, it may not be an easy way or the best way to make money out of music, but Breve have proved that for a local band wanting promotion, crowd funding can work and should definitely be added to the upstart’s list of useful internet tools. Dougal Shaw says he’s ecstatic with the results.

Take us back to the start of the EP. What did you get done before you launched the campaign and why did you choose the campaign?

DS - I recorded everything at home. What was our lounge room is our recording studio/jam room, and our lounge room is now part of the kitchen. Tom (drummer) went over to Southeast Asia for six weeks, so we got all the drums down before he left. Then Toby (bassist) and I got the rest of the tracks down and mixed them. We could have just put it out as it was, but our main thing was that we really wanted to put it out on vinyl.

In terms of purchasing a copy of something a band has done - an album or an EP – and [listening] to it, I think vinyl is the best. It connects you to the band in ways just hitting play on iTunes doesn’t.

Definitely, the other thing is our songs are all really long, again, not intentionally. To feel like a song is done you know, like, I don’t know how people can condense a song to like three minutes or something. I wish I could do that! But in order for us to feel like a song is finished they end up being like, seven or eight minutes. The EP is four songs but it goes for half an hour. The shortest song is six and a half minutes I think and the longest one is like eight and a half minutes.

I think vinyl is a really good medium for long songs; it’s like listening to Echoes by Pink Floyd, you know? If someone was on the computer or something scrolling through and see you a song that goes for twenty minutes you’re just like “I’m not gonna listen to that”.

And it has obviously re-surged of late. Will you be doing a 12-inch or?

Yeah, it’s 12-inch and two songs each side, so it’s too long to go on a 7-inch. So we wanted to put it out on vinyl and we’re students and sort of broke so it would have just taken months to get the money together to do it. It was actually my mum who suggested it to me, the Pozible thing. She had been to a presentation where the guy who started Pozible was talking and she was just really excited about the whole idea of it. I really like the idea as well, you know? I feel that by like, getting people involved they sort of feel like they have a part in what we’re doing. Rather than it being like “this is my project” you know?

The campaign was for the vinyl pressing and mastering, anything else?

Any excess is just going towards a tour of the east coast. We’re trying to get a little van or something like that for the trip.

Being a band you sort of want it to be people that you know who are helping you out; crowd-funding just seems like a good way that they can do it.

Yeah definitely. I think it’s also a really good idea, having these sorts of platforms because it feels a bit more legit than just sending out emails or calling up your relatives or something like “Yo! Can I have some money? I’m trying to do this EP thing.”

With the perks and stuff (from the campaign), does everyone who donated get a vinyl?

Yeah, we’re not trying to make money out of the campaign, we’re treating it as if its like a pre-order type thing you know? People are sort of just paying for their vinyl in advance.

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