I caught up with tenor sax player Hadleigh Shaw in our latest Meet the Band post.
1 – So how many instruments can you play?
I play Saxophone and Guitar. Bass Guitar and drums too. As long as the other people in the band and the audience don’t have high expectations. I like to have a tutu if I’m given the opportunity on the flute or Irish Whistle. Anything like that I can usually squeeze a tune out. But I don’t know if that counts.
2 – You have a huge passion and talent for song writing – do you remember when this began? What inspired you to start writing?
When I was a teenager at Wanganui Boy’s College and I’d been playing guitar for about a year or so. Some friends and I had a band and we entered the Smokefree Rockquest. We needed an original song for that. So I wrote my first song then. I was 15 and the song was called “The Sky is Falling.”
3 – What’s your all time favourite song at the moment?
At the moment my favourite song is by Someone New by Hosier. At the moment I can relate to the story it tells and I just love a sweet little chord progression that it has in there, the melody and also the tone and reverb on the guitar is really doing it for me too.
4 – Your best most memorable gig ever was _____ and why?
My best most memorable gig was not really a gig as it was a improvised jam at a local open mic venue back in the 90’s. It was completely off the hook. The closest I’ve ever been to mind blowing, Free Jazz jam magic. Not one word was spoken about “What should we play?” Someone just started a funky groove and from then on it was all on. It was a fast, downhill, no brakes run with some young local musicians in their prime who communicated with nods and winks, rhythm and harmony. The melodic and recognizable chords disintergrated into a dynamic groove that Honked and screeched, called and responded and all the different instruments seemed to dance in that breath taking sustained moment of pure musical indulgence. Then after some time with a nod passed between the band we jumped into a beautiful outro that brought the whole thing to a close like we had been rehearsing for months. Upon which the crowd took what was probably their first deep breath in ten minutes and just exploded. It was a very cool thing.