We invited Wooden Box regulars Tribes of Asaph to join us in the courtyard to showcase their organic melodies and funky mandolin skills. See below for a quick chat with the band!
How would you describe your music and who are your main influences?
Our music is very acoustic driven. We try to call it organic acoustic. Some people call it folk or funk I'm not sure if you can call it funk, maybe there's some folk somewhere there! We have many influences; we listen to a lot of electronic music so that influences us greatly.
What have been your highlights as a band so far?
JZ Festival was nice, it was good weather and the atmosphere was chilled, it was fun. Recently we played a gig in a park with an audience of kids and elderly people, when we started playing we noticed that everyone from young children to a man in a wheel chair was dancing along and enjoying the music which was really nice.
Have you recorded an album or do you plan to record one soon?
We've recorded a lot of live stuff, but actual studio recording will begin next week (so sometime in October).
Where are your favourite places to play in Shanghai?
Wooden Box is nice because it is really chilled and it fits the genre of our music. People also go there to listen to music, instead of just to drink and be loud.
Can you tell us what it is like for a band in Shanghai and what are your thoughts on the Shanghai music scene?
It's an interesting city to be in. I don't think Shanghai is a great place to start a band, I know we met here, but when it comes to marketing and promotion it can be very hard. I think it's a good place to be if you already have some reputation.
VIDEO AND EDITING BY PETER DIXON
WORDS BY PETE JACKSON