A Chat With: Stranger On The Bus

Hey! Our fist interview of 2020 comes all the way from Australia!

If there’s something Stranger On The Bus has to give is palpable nostalgia for all. Melbourne local one-man band can challenge every little soul out there due to its introspective and exciting songwriting.
Damián Gaume’s side project has been described as “a perfect example of what you get when you mix 90’s boy band vocals with our newly beloved bedroom pop atmosphere”.
(SSG Music)

The decadent and tragic melancholy is evident in Stranger On The Bus. It is a deep departure taking into account multiple sub-genres to make a 3D crystal of modern music.

“Damián Gaume’s project Stranger On The Bus is a fabulous psyche infringement of the current wave of pop and rock. The Buenos Aires, Argentina originating Melbourne Australia based singer/songwriter, glances at the highlight of life with ‘You Gotta Be Mad’. And through it he takes you on a short journey of instincts and platitudes, regrets and successes. This Beatles-vibin’ single hits all with all its might, as the fun in the sun feelz come alive. Take this single and let the sunshine, roll, right in”.
(Come Here Floyd – Jan 2020)

His single “When I’m The Prey” has been described as “a visit to the styles of the 60’s and 80’s pop converge to make this George Michael-like digital extravagance”.
(Come Here Floyd – Jul 2018).

Official artist bio received via e-mail prior to interview
  1. How would you describe your sound?

I record combining old and modern recording techniques and use analog and digital synthesizers. The idea is to achieve a textured, organic sound with a lot of character. Could be considered analog lo-fi but modern and pristine.The final audio is analogically distorted via tuve pre-amps.

  1. Who are your influences?

Guns N’ Roses
Daft Punk
The Beatles
Pink Floyd

  1. What’s on the horizon for your music in 2020?

It’s a new project. Sort of. I’ll release music quite frequently and non stop.
I decided I’m not going to release albums anymore unless they are compilations.
I actually haven’t with this project. Albums are fine from a concept perspective and all that, but a waste of time if you want to keep the thing going in a quick world.
I haven’t played live yet so that’s a must for 2020.

  1. What is your creative process?

Each song is different for me. Sometimes I start randomly mumbling no-sense over guitar chords. Normally I don’t think what to write about. That no-sense I don’t know how turns into something that makes sense and then I realize it’s something I actually feel deep inside me. Quite magical.
Recently I started songs with an improvisation on drums then dropping some synthesizer chords on top and see what happens.

  1. Where do you draw inspiration from?

If it isn’t something that happened to me it would be something that happened to someone close to me. Sometimes I feel emotional about certain topics and I just go in that direction. Other times I just make up stories.

  1. How do you deal with nerves before a show?

I just try to relax. If I practiced enough I shouldn’t be nervous but, I guess there’s always insecurities that can’t be controlled that easily. If I get lost or forget lyrics I just try to think that people don’t give a shit anyway.

  1. Fave venue in you’ve ever played at?

The streets.

  1. Craziest thing you’ve seen at a show?

A guy from the public got on stage to wee on the hole in the kick drum head where the microphone goes.

  1. If you could tour/play a show with any line up who would it be?

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
STRFKR
Boom Boom Kid

10.Advice for new artists?

Just be yourself. Don’t fake it. People are not stupid. Also, quite often the song that you like the most is the one that you’re audience will ignore. They’re not you.

  1. Any shout outs you want to make?
    Yes. I’m really enjoining another Australian band at the moment. Please go and check out Timi Temple!
  2. Social media links/music links

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0K76g8wQYb6PPZhyUn5Vtv?si=iPvkjfhCS8efOnp7uA38jw
Twitter: @strngronthebus
Instagram: @strangeronthebus
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/strangeronthebus

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