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Wild Marmalade - Nice Spread

Author: 3D
Friday, 10 August 2007
Wild Marmalade are a percussion and didgeridoo trio from Byron Bay, who are returing to Sydney for Dust Tones at the Factory this weekend. 3D caught up with didg player Si Mullumby for the lowdown.
What are your various backgrounds, and how did you all come together as Wild Marmalade-
Matt and Mat, who we have to refer to as Goody and Leady for obvious reasons, have been playing together for 19 years; they played together with Greg Sheehan in Utungan Percussion for seven years prior to us forming WM. 
I worked first with Leady as a duo. We played a lot on the street around the world, wielding a mere 150 watts of didgeridoo like it was an arena PA.  We did many seriously kicking shows. When Leady couldn’t do a gig Goody would stand in for him. Eventually we were all in the same place at the same time and organically decided to work together. Then we formed Wild Marmalade.
We continued to do street shows and started doing more stage work. We mainly focussed on Europe initially. It was easier to get good gigs and make good money playing music there than in Australia. We were seriously different to any other band as well.  Ha! They didn’t know what hit them over there!
From where do you draw the inspiration for the music you write and play-
We are an entirely improvised band so we write and play in the same moment. We are inspired by many things, but have not tried to copy any other band or sound. We play the music that people dance to. It changes. One night it is fast and hard, the next spacious and empty (But still fast! Goody can’t help pushing the band!)
We are primarily inspired by our audiences, by the vibe, by the moment, by traditional sounds of the world and by the sounds of nature and the feeling of the elements.

What attracts you to dance music-
Didgeridoo is an instrument for dance. Drums are instruments for dance. There is an energy that circulates when people dance. It is very clearing, very uplifting. As a player it is for sure a rush. When I first played for a dance crowd I could play the didgeridoo for about 20 minutes only. The demand on me as a player was so much greater. I like it. We all thrive off it. When people don’t move it’s hard to feel that steam train momentum that we generate. We all love the energy of people dancing.

WHO: Wild Marmalade
WHAT: Plays Dust Tones at the Factory
WHEN: Saturday 18 August