Interview with Shayne Carter

You’ve been in NYC for a week now, let’s talk a little about the benefit show you did. How did it go?

Yes, we played the Chris Knox Benefit Show on Thursday night, it was really awesome to be a part of.

He’s a good friend of yours, right?

Yeah. It was an awesome response and The Clean were here, and a number of other New Zealanders, to show respect for Chris. To see that respect, was actually really awesome, cause you know I was part of that whole initial Dunedin scene with Chris and The Clean. And our funny music, which was not taken seriously at all at home. It was really cool to see that this kind of music has lasted and its respected. It’s pretty cool.

So now that Dimmer is gaining more attention in the US you must be feeling excited.

No, I’m feeling more jet lag than excited. In New Zealand, because of the population, I can play like 8 gigs a year, and so it’s good to be able to get outside of New Zealand. We’ve done some west coast shows but this is our first time in New York City with Dimmer. I’ve played New York City in the past with the Straitjacket Fits but it was real cool to get back here and play with Dimmer.

Would you guys consider recording an album here in the U.S.?

Well, you can pretty much record albums anywhere with the way technology is these days. I mean, with my last band I took the whole major label trip and we made them spend through an obscene amount of money recording in Los Angeles. You just don’t need to spend that much money on a record, you know?

Right, well you guys have gone independent now.

Pretty much.

And it’s good, it’s working just the same?

Well, you know, all record companies can be useless. Indie companies can be just as useless as any major but maybe their intentions are better. Pretty much makes it the lesser of two evils.

Are you guys using any online marketing?

Well, we should be a lot more proactive in that department but when you do get out of New Zealand and you come here and you play and people see it and if it’s the same music that we like I think they’ll really dig our band.

You tell a friend, they tell a friend, etc…

Yeah bro, it’s just a matter of finding those people. There’s a whole community of people who do that kind of stuff in the world. It’s just a matter of you finding them and them finding you. But there’s so much noise and information out there at the moment. All you can do is what you do, and if people dig it, they dig it, and if they don’t, then go listen to something else.

We dig it!

Yes, of course [laughs].

What’s coming up next, a new album?

Yes, we’re planning on starting to put a new album together. I’m just really enjoying playing with the band. Dimmer is a great band and we just really enjoy playing at shows.

Some more live shows?

Well I’d like to, but you know that pretty much means another 8 gigs over the next year in New Zealand [laughs].