Meet your stage presenters: Eat Your Own Ears
EAT YOUR OWN EARS will once again present a stage at Laneway Festival in 2013. As programmers behind one of our favourite festivals in the world – Field Day London - we're delighted to welcome back EYOE for a third successive year. Appearing on the EYOE stage in February will be:
DIVINE FITS / JAPANDROIDS / POND / CLOUD NOTHINGS / EL-P / SNAKADAKTAL / THE MEN / THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
We recently sat down with Tom Baker from EYOE to find out what's going on in his world in the lead up to Laneway 2013:
Eat Your Own Ears has been co-presenting a stage at Laneway for a few years now, what appeals to you about joining forces with Laneway Festival year after year?
It's a great festival with a similar ethos to Field Day, the event I program and promote in London's Victoria Park. It's about discovering brilliant new music alongside the more established artists. So to be invited to program a stage at Laneway in the sunshine and in the awesome city of Sydney was a dream come true really.
Who are you pumped to see on next year's Laneway line-up?
I'm very excited to see Bat For Lashes new set again. I saw her play the Forum in London last year when the new album had just come out so it'd be great to see that again now that she has played many more shows. I think I am obsessed with the track 'Laura', a pure classic…
Julia Holter as well, I love her dreamy and beautiful soundscapes, perfect for a summer's day with cold beer in hand stood next to the mighty Jerome. I've never seen Nicolas Jaar, so i was thrilled to see that he was playing Laneway.
Kings Of Convenience will bring back many memories, I loved their album Quiet Is The New Loud when it came out probably 12 years or so ago now… Erlend is such a charismatic performer as well, be great to see them again after so many years. I think last time I saw Erlend was at Pulp's last gig in 2002 (before they took their time off) it was in the middle of nowhere just outside Sheffield, Erlend was telling stories, jokes and singing surreal songs to about 15 people all waiting for cabs to take us back to the city centre at about 5am…!
Pond as well, such an awesome awesome awesome live band… brilliant. So much good stuff i dont know as well i want to check out. Very excited!
For those in Oz that don't know a lot about what you do on home soil (UK), can you give us a quick run down of EYOE's operations?
Eat Your Own Ears are London-based music promoters who’ve forged a reputation for discovering and nurturing some of the most exciting musical talent around. As such they’ve put on debut London shows for the likes of Florence & The Machine, The xx, The Temper Trap, Grimes, Django Django, Metronomy, Franz Ferdinand and many others while working with lots of these artists to the point that they’ve become household names and sell out huge venues. EYOE also promote the hugely successful one-day London festival Field Day, which has sold out every year since launching in 2007.
EYOE put on some epic shows last year by the likes of Twin Shadow, Hot Chip, Django Django, Kindness and even Aussies Gotye and The Temper Trap - what were the highlights of 2012?
All of the above were brilliant, brilliant shows, King Krule as well, such an amazing talent that is just bubbling and I am sure will soon explode! Two nights of Florence & the Machine at the O2 was very special, I've been working with her for years now so it was fantastic to get to see her play to that many people. She has such an incredible live presence. Also, seeing Florence guest with The Rolling Stones was insane, a very special moment.
Tell us a bit about the wonderful Field Day festival you program in London each year. And what's in store for the 2013 event?
It's always a challenge trying to better the last Field Day line-up. But I think this year's is as thrilling, inspiring and diverse as anything we've ever done. I am personally honoured that Field Day will play host to the brilliant main stage double bill of ground breaking artists Animal Collective and Bat For Lashes. And alongside these, Zimbabwe's Thomas Mapfumo, seminal drummer Ginger Baker and Ethiopiques' legend Mulatu Astatke are true dream bookings for Field Day.
As with years gone by, Field Day will be providing ample entertainment for those looking for respite from the music in the Village Mentality area on The Village Green. Expect traditional side stalls inspired by country pastimes and weird and wonderful fete games, from classic tug of war, sack races and egg and spoon race to more unexpected and fantastic ones like tea bag tossing and the world famous winkle picking contest.
Animal Collective / Bat For Lashes / Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs / Chvrches / Daphni / Daughter / Disclosure / Django Django / Do Make Say Think / Emeralds / Everything Everything / Four Tet / Francois & The Atlas Mountains / F**ked Up / Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion / Hessle Audio DJs: Ben UFO, Pangaea, Pearson Sound / How To Dress Well / Jacques Greene / James Yorkston / Julio Bashmore / Karenn / Mulatu Astatke / Thomas Mapfumo / Tim Burgess / TNGHT / Virals / Vondelpark plus more artists to be announced…
In your time you've seen a fair few festivals – what do you look for when curating a stage?
Firstly, the acts I am into, secondly, those that will work at the festival musically and also for the festivals audience.
What trends are emerging in the UK music scene at the moment that we should look out for on Aussie shores over the coming 12 months?
Guitar music I think is coming back! There are some really exciting and refreshing bands like Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs, Savages and King Krule who all have a good chance to break through in 2013. I am really excited about Chvrches as well and also Rhye and the comeback album of Connan Mockasin; such a talent.
Your favourite records of 2012?
Thomas Mapfumo Rise Up, Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city, Kate Bush Live at the Hammersmith Odeon 1979, John Coltrane The Atlantic Years (Re-issue), Laurie Spiegel Expanding Universe, Led Zeppelin Celebration Day (Live at the O2)