- Jeremy Mayall
- Born: 1983
Music should be something that has a grasp on you as a listener. Be it intellectually, psychologically or emotionally – you should be able to feel it as well as hear it. I try to do this with what I compose… Having a little bit of ‘weirdness’ in the mix doesn’t hurt either.
Born in November 1983 and raised in Hamilton, Jeremy was schooled in music from age 5 playing piano, through to Hamilton Boys High School with touring Fiji, Noumea and Vanuatu singing and playing drums in a Jazz Band. He then moved on to Waikato University to study for a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), majoring in Music, and has just completed a Masters degree (receiving First Class Honours), majoring in composition. For both his Honours and Masters years he has received a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship, and was Creative/Performing Arts Person of the Year for 2005 and was the inaugural winner of the Sir Edmund Hillary Medal.
His music covers almost all genres, including solo and chamber music, orchestral music, music for theatre and film, pop, hip-hop, jazz, as well as electro-acoustic music. His works always tend to favour the bizarre or fantastical elements of the imagination and his pieces always tend to look for a new form of expression, whether through turntables in an orchestra, to live electro-acoustic music for electric bass and turntables, to kitchen utensils as musical instruments. A fascination with Hip Hop music and culture, as well as the historical interest in many other musical forms (Jazz, Soul, Funk) and his interest in Film, has been a strong influence on his music. His most recent work has been in the realm of film – writing, recording and producing all the sound elements and music for the film-noir horror ‘Down by the Riverside’.
At the age of 20 he wrote his first symphony ‘Symphony No.1’ for orchestra and turntables (which has been performed by the APO, NZSO, WYO and NZSSSO and most recently the DYO), and also released his first album through his production and pop music identity of ONE FAT MAN. The album ‘a typical day in suburbia’ received excellent reviews. It features styles that span the musical continuum from jazz to pop, to soul and hip hop. His most recent works have been in the realm of film – writing, recording and producing all the sound elements and music for the film-noir horror ‘Down by the Riverside’ (see www.downending.com for more info); The creation and performance of live electro-acoustic soundscapes ‘Paaroretanga’ (a.k.a Cans) for watering cans, electronics, turntables and video; and in electro/synth-pop with his side project “…howard”. This ‘band’ have already recorded a 7 track EP, and an 11 track concept album (samples can be heard at www.myspace.com/pausehoward).Source: Jeremy Mayall, June 2007