Band Q&A: Operator Please

Operator Please are not (all) the fresh faced teens who burst onto the scene in 2007, and not just in way of literal age. You can hear the proof in the songwriting, you can see it on the stage and in 2010 you’ll be able to hold it in your hands.


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Operator Please Q&A:
WHO ARE THE BAND MEMBERS AND WHAT DO EACH OF YOU DO IN THE BAND?
Amandah: Vocals/Guitars
Tim: Drums, programming beats
Ashley: Bass, claps,
Taylor: Vioin, keys, hit things
Chris: Keys, Vocals

WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU MAKE / PLAY ?
Jungle pop

WHERE ARE YOU FROM ?
Gold Coast, Australia

HOW DID YOU GUYS GET TOGETHER AND WHEN?
We met at school in 2005. Random selection of nerds for battle of the bands. Then we traded some members for Taylor & Chris. Chris is the cousin of Tim.

WHO ARE YOUR INFLUENCES IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY ?
Shane Skillz, Janet Jackson, Prince, Missy Elliot, Amerie, Eurythmics.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE HARDEST PART OF BEING IN THE BAND FOR YOU ?

Not being able to bring your whole house with you, the only time you have space to yourself is when you are on the toilet or in the shower – having to live out of a suitcase.

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR EARLY DAYS AND HOW THEY DIFFER FROM NOW ?
We have a new line-up = better vibes. We can actually get our FULL rider as now we are “all of age” – better hotel rooms, we have some nice crew that carry/set up our things for us. We are basically a little older, a tiny bit spoilt, hopefully a little smarter.

WHAT WAS THE LAST GIG YOU PLAYED, WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT ?
Our last gig was actually our debut gig for the new record, which was indeed yesterday. It was boiling hot about 38 degrees in Perth as part of the Future Music Festival. It was amazing, the crowd seemed to be into our Destiny’s Child cover, we crumped – it was so hot my guitar was going out of tune but I had a balllllllllllllll.

HAVE YOU ANY FORTHCOMING GIGS IN IRELAND OR NORTHERN IRELAND ? IF SO ARE YOU LOOKING FOR WARD TO THEM AND WHY ?
I would like to think so. We haven’t hatched a tour plan as of yet – but Ireland is generally nice and rowdy the way we like it.

DO ANY OF THE BAND HAVE ANY IRISH OR NORTHERN IRISH CONNECTIONS ? IF SO TELL US ABOUT THEM ?
I’m sure somewhere along the lines we do. Australians are direct descendants of the English/Irish/Scottish or so they say?

WHAT’S THE MOST SUCCESSFUL THING YOU GUYS HAVE DONE TO DATE ?

I think everything that has happened & that we have worked towards or reached is a success in our eyes. I guess it’s the way you measure it, but there have been many things that we consider to be a successful venture – I can’t really pin point any specific moment as it’s all been amazing.

WHO HAS HELPED YOU THE MOST GET TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY ?

We have an amazing support network – I think to get to where you are wanting to go that is a key feature. There have been many people that have been there to support us along the way – they stem from family, each other, various radio/media outlets and the genuine people/music lovers and that believe in what you do – we are grateful for all of this, it works hand in hand when you are aiming for something and have people around you that reciprocate the same vision.

WHAT’S COMING NEXT FOR THE BAND ?
We are on the brink of releasing our 2nd record “Gloves” – so everything we are doing right now is a lead into the record and then there will be lots of touring.

QUICK-FIRE QUESTIONS:
WHO’S THE MESSIEST IN THE BAND? Taylor
WHO IS HARDEST TO LIVE WITH ON TOUR? We are The Brady Bunch it’s all good ha ha ha ha.
WHO IS THE JOKER AND WHY ? A combined effort, we’re all a bit special.
WHO MOANS THE MOST ? Me (Amandah) or Ashley because “Ima Ima – a Diva”
WHO IS THE MOST ROCK ‘N’ ROLL & WHY ? Tim because he likes to paaaaartaaaaay and you wouldn’t know it.
WHO IS THE LOUDEST ? Me, I don’t know what “inside voice” means.
WHO IS THE MOST ANNOYING ? Ashley and I generally but we all have our moments.
WHAT’S THE MOST EMBARRASSING THING SOMEONE IN THE BAND HAS DONE ? This is allocated for some “previous” band members, I leave that one for you to discover.
WHO WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO COLLABORATE WITH IN THE INDUSTRY ? The Neptunes, Missy Elliot, Prince.
Interview by ©FAME Inc
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