WESLEY FULLER – Melvista (interview)

Q magazine and Shindig wrote some very nice words about Wesley Fuller’s  music. Sweet Sweet Music talked to the man himself.

How did you record Melvista? 
It was recorded over a period of a few months from my home studio in a Fitzroy sharehouse. Just something I’d chip away at during my spare time. Louder things like drums I recorded at a rehearsal room where I could make all the noise I wanted to. I mixed it myself and it was mastered by Steve Smart at Studios 301.
Melvista has this jangly, melodic, light psych and hooky pop sound. Does that sound come naturally to you?
I think so, not in a conscious kind of way but certainly in terms of influences, I’ve always had an appreciation of pop music and I’m fascinated by what makes it work. That probably lends itself to some of the stuff that I write.
Q magazine and Shindig wrote some very nice words about your music. What do you think?
It’s always nice to be complimented with a favorable review for sure.
I was stoked that the Shindig crew were into it. I love that mag and really admire and appreciate the passion that drives it.
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If we want to know you, which song do we have to listen to? And why? 
Gosh that is a difficult question to answer!
I’m going to go with “I Guess I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times” by The Beach Boys.
The music industry has changed a lot (or so they say). What did it bring you? And what not?
Well I was signed to 1965 Records as well as my management team through the power of the internet. Streaming sites allow your music to be picked up by fans of similar style artists so that’s handy. But I don’t think anyone really knows where the industry is going at the moment. You’ve got to put a lot of time, money and creative energy into social media and marketing to reach people these days which can be counter-intuitive to some, whereas others take to it like a duck to water. Another positive is the decline in the importance of expensive music videos, due advancements in affordable software. As long as you’ve got a vision, you can create something cool on a low budget.
She tells you she will decide on a 5-song-mix tape if there is going to be a second date. Which 5 would you put on? 
1. You Make Me Feel Good – The Zombies
2. James – The Bangles
3. Soldier of Love – Arthur Alexander
4. The Dance Master – Willie Henderson
5. Get On The Line – The Sweet
What’s up for the next couple of months?
I’ll be adding final overdubs and mixing my debut album from my home studio as well as playing some good supports around town. The album is due for release early next year so I’ve got lots of work to do!

 

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