The Folk Today Project are a group from New Zealand with one aim in mind – to bring folk music back to prominence, and do it with something useful to say. With that in mind, they have released ‘The Reason for Living’, a beautifully artful new single which comments on city living and the trend for living alone. There’s plenty more where this came from, and you can get a feel for the personalities behind the project in the interview below.

  1. Where and when did you first discover your interest in music?

I fell in love with music when I was in the cradle. We’re all interested in music, aren’t we.

 

  1. What are your main ambitions in the industry?

I formed The Folk Today Project to try to put the message back into indie folk music. Where did the message go? Folk music was the biggest thing around during the 1960s. Musicians were topping the charts protesting against war, and fighting for the right for everyone to get respect. What happened? Where did the fire go? Bob Dylan is still hanging in there – amazingly. But shouldn’t folk music today be in there stirring things up. It’s not as if there aren’t plenty of social issues in our faces today that we can sing about. School bullying, hanging out versus dating, mobile phone obsession, gay marriage…you can probably suggest more.

 

  1. When did you start writing your own songs/music?

I’m a writer by trade so I get a kick out of crafting words and conveying ideas. I started writing music a few years ago. The music has always been there hiding. Our family loves music as consumers.

 

  1. What would you say is your music career highlight to date?

The highlight is working with so many talented musicians here in Wellington, New Zealand. I write melody and lyrics. I can sing in tune but these musicians, wow, I’m in awe listening to them playing harmonies, rapturous notes and tricky little trills.

 

  1. Who will we hear in your songs? What are your influences?

The Lumineers are wonderful. Passenger, oh yes. Ed Sheeran, folky? Why not. Fair Point Convention, Pentangle and Steeleye Span have nice sounds that ring a bell.

 

  1. What’s the most important thing you’d want to tell people about your current release?

Our debut song “The Reason for Living” is our take on a modern phenomenon: today almost 50% of U.S. adults are single, (NYU Professor Eric Klinenberg interview http://nyti.ms/1JgpS2A ).

That’s an amazing figure, isn’t it? It’s much the same in the UK. We question what’s going on there. With a catchy tune of course.

 

Welcome back to folk music with a message.

 

  1. Who else can you recommend from your genre or local area for people to have a listen to?

Lumineers. Passenger. Has anyone got suggestions. Don’t just listen. Is there an issue that you think needs venting don’t just get on Twitter. Write down some stirring words. And some melody. If you know some friends who can play instruments get out there and put folk music back on the charts where it should be – with a message.

 

  1. Any gigs coming up?

At the moment we’re a concept studio band only.

 

  1. Where can we find/follow you online?

Our website www.thefolktodayproject.com has our links – Facebook, Twitter and best of all, our fun YouTube video. See you there. And thanks for listening to me.