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Barnaby Weir is the creative
powerhouse behind Fly My
Pretties, the renowned live
experience that has
showcased upcoming New
Zealand talents before they
became household names.
Blending sublime music with
theatric themes, this year's
much anticipated Fly My
Pretties national tour,
sponsored by stuff.co.nz, will
hit Invercargill for the first
time on October 2. Barnaby
has a pretty sweet day job as
singer and guitarist for the
Black Seeds, which means
he's touring the United
States at the moment.
Before he left, GRANT
BRYANT caught up with him
to get the lowdown on this
year's Fly My Pretties.
Collective to give city a top show
Read to tour: Black Seeds
frontman Barnaby Weir can't wait
to bring Fly My Pretties to
Invercargill on October 2.
Check it out
Who: Fly My Pretties
What: A Kiwi musical collective,
mixing some of the country's
finest established musicians with
On tour where: Performing in 20
venues across New Zealand.
When in Invercargill:
Wednesday, October 2, 7pm
Ready to perform: Barnaby Weir, left, will be one of the huge cast of musicians involved in the Fly My Pretties tour.
Firstly, are you looking
forward to bringing Fly
My Pretties (FMP) to
the deep south?
No sleep till Invercargill! Gonna
be massive and our last show of
How would you describe FMP
to someone who hadn't heard
FMP is a live musical musical
showcase. We get a bunch of
different artists from different
musical backgrounds and make a
show, which we film and record
live. The lineup and the main
artistic themes change every
time. We have made four albums
since 2003... this project is always
evolving so it's not really a band
in the usual sense. FMP is an
experience and an experiment.
How did the concept come
about? Why did you call it
I wanted to do a musical showcase
in a more theatrical way so I
asked some of my friends from
different bands if they'd be
interested. I had a bunch of songs
that weren't for the Black Seeds
and needed an outlet. That's how
it began and when I proposed this
to Mikee (Tucker) from Loop (a
record label), he agreed it would
be fun and we went from there.
I hear it's a return to roots,
reminiscent of earlier FMP
releases. What can we expect?
You can expect a return to the
roots for sure but the show always
evolves and I try not to put too
many rules about what the show
is until we jam together and check
out the demos. We have a new
lineup and we have never done a
big tour like this before to the far
reaches of the country.
Awesomeness will be maximised.
What's different about this
FMP verses previous years?
The big list of dates is different,
the lineup is different and most of
the songs will be brand new.
This is the fifth FMP tour.
What inspires you to keep
I think working with new people
inspires me. Trying to think
outside the square also inspires
me. And for me the challenge of it
all is really inspiring too. It's a
great way to explore different
musical styles too and I love
recording and mixing the live
Why the decision for a massive
Because it's time to bring the love
to all the regions this time -- they
How do you choose the cast?
people along the way and then
think about the cast like a list of
ingredients for a magic meal. We
want variety but also need that
special stock that makes it rich
Every year there has been
incredible visuals to
accompany the live show. What
can we expect this year?
This time round we are going to
evolve the visual component to
the show, using a blend of
heritage footage and tales from
each town we visit. We are still
developing this but no doubt we
will create a spectacular backdrop
and set design for the show.
You are not only the ring
master of FMP, you are also the
lead singer of the Black Seeds
and have a solo career. How do
you juggle your musical
It's easier than it sounds really. I
guess you just have to be really
organised, which my managers
help with, and then stick to the
plan and keep writing music for
each project. It's a real pleasure
and honour to work with these
different groups and it's
refreshing to mix up the styles I
play and release.
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