Watch out! New Zealand’s JP Carroll is coming at the world with RAWK!
Immersed deep within the music scene as a musician and producer, JP Carroll has a multitude of music projects, including his band Arrays, which we dive into today.
Recently releasing a new single, “Little Blue Dot”, JP talks to us about the new single, being in a “band” and plans for the future.
Tell us a little about the band, where are you from? How did you meet?
I’m from Auckland, New Zealand! and I’m a solo artist so it’s just me – How I met myself is a little existential.
What kind of music would you describe your sound as? Who are some of your musical influences?
It’s like if Alternative Rock, Nu Metal and Metalcore had a polite disagreement over a parking space. I love Incubus, Deftones, Northlane, Polaris and so much more!
Let’s talk about the newest single “Little Blue Dot”. Tell us what the song is about and what inspired the song?
This track is about being forced to share love from a distance. Something I think a lot of people can relate to following all the COVID lockdowns.
It’s a more chilled vibe, leaning more on the Incubus influences. The video was shot on Bethell’s beach in Auckland. It was so much hard work, filming a video on a beach during summer, but I was stoked with how the video came out!
How does the collaboration process work as far as writing/composing music?
Well this is awkward! It’s a solo project – so basically, I try to keep band arguments to a minimum.
How does it feel when you put all your hard work to the test and perform live? Do you have any crazy
performance band/fan stories?
I actually haven’t taken this project to the stage yet, but I do have plans for 2023!
As a vocalist, I’m usually focused on keeping my vocals nice and moist – so lots of water, which means no alcohol. So, my live show experiences are somewhat pedestrian. Apart from the awesome buzz of playing music to a room full of people!
Tours in general though are always a lot of fun – There’s usually a bit of polite chaos happening somewhere, once the music business is out of the way!
Let’s shake it up a little. Tell us some strange facts about the band, that virtually no one would
I dunno if I have any super strange facts. One thing that I find funny is when people comment on the videos where I perform all the parts, calling me a great ‘band’, or saying ‘well done guys’ – I’m like ‘dudes… it’s all just me, there’s no band’ haha.
Another fun story, a couple of YouTubers who evidently used to date each other would have fights in the comment sections of a number of my videos, so I had to ask them to stop lol.
What do you have planned for the rest of 2022?
Switching gear to my band Swerve City, and finishing off the next Arrays record – It’s half written at this point so a bit more work ahead!
By: Angela Mockbee/Not the Girl Next Door Show
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Written by: Road Dog