The Mission in Motion Interview

The Mission in Motion Interview

The Mission in Motion Interview

Fresh from playing the Sydney Big Day Out and a quick run of shows along the east coast with good friends Stealing O'Neal, Taperjean Records are pleased to announce The Mission In Motion's national tour in support of their new single 'What Do You Do'

'What Do You Do' is the third single to be released from the band's stellar debut release 'Somewhere Safe' which spawned high rotation Triple J Singles " New Skin" and "Believer". The track is a detour from the band's rockier stylings, preferring to weave acoustic guitars, some stripped back percussion and layer with stunning vocals from Sydney singer/songwriter Caitlin Harnett.

The tour will make its way through the East Coast capitals as well as Adelaide and finishing in Perth. As a gift of gratitude and thanks to fans the single will be available for free download via the bands band camp page: www.themissioninmotion.bandcamp.com


Interview with Brett Islaub

Question: What inspired What Do You Do?

Brett Islaub: It was a song written basically about a bad year where I wasn't the person I needed to be or should have been and I had the guitar parts written for a while and most of the song was finished then Caitlin and myself sat down one afternoon and finished the rest and it was recorded the next day.


Question: How did it feel to hear your song played all over the airwaves?

Brett Islaub: It's definitely strange but encouraging to know that while ur sitting in a car feeling strange hopefully other people are sitting in their cars enjoying the song.


Question: Did you have any pre-conceived ideas about the music industry?

Brett Islaub: Not really, we just take things as they come.


Question: Do you write your own songs? What's your inspiration?

Brett Islaub: We all have input into our songs although Far is the main songwriter. Inspiration comes from everything and anything no one thing gives inspiration.


Question: What music/artists do you listen to when you are not playing your own?

Brett Islaub: Tom Petty, the replacements, Gregory Alan Isakov, Neko Case, The Middle East, The Head and The Heart, Jackson Browne. Lots of stuff.


Question: Was there a moment you contemplated throwing in the towel?

Brett Islaub: I'm sure there has been a few we work our asses off while working full time jobs it's a lot to take on especially for the last six years.


Question: Do you prefer performing live or recording?

Brett Islaub: Performing live.


Question: What/who was your inspiration to go into the music industry?

Brett Islaub: I didn't get inspiration to be in an "industry" I was inspired by music and I wanted to create it that was it.


Question: What is the biggest challenge you have faced along the way to your musical success?

Brett Islaub: I think keeping constantly motivated can be a struggle as there are always setbacks but we just keep pushing forward.


Question: What's a typical day like?

Brett Islaub: On tour? Wake up in the van; complain about how much sleep I didn't get while bouncing around up the back. Stop at a truck stop and eat something awful for breakfast. Drive till lunch get to wherever we are playing, find a burrito, go to soundcheck then play a show and then start again.


Question: What has been your favorite part of becoming a music artist?

Brett Islaub: Creating music and having people connect with it. I get that that sounds cliché and has probably been said by every other artist but it is a pretty solid truth.


Question: If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?

Brett Islaub: Alive - Tom petty, dead - Jeff Buckley


Question: Do you have a website fans can visit?

Brett Islaub: www.Themissioninmotion.bandcamp.com


Question: Why do you believe it is important to reward fans with free downloads?

Brett Islaub: I don't think it's a reward I think it's just the ability to share music through easier mediums. If we were a band that could afford to sustain itself on touring alone we would give records away for free I think it's more about showing people new music as opposed to rewarding anyone.


Question: What is the story behind the bands name?

Brett Islaub: Kenny made it up, we liked it, and it stuck.


Interview by Brooke Hunter



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