Sonic Delusion tour an eye-opener
With a fierce love of performing, and a studious approach to touring, Andre Manella is coming to the Playhouse on Friday night.
The Kiwi-Swiss multi-instrumentalist will be touring his new solo album Open Your Eyes under his stage name Sonic Delusion.
Nothing is pre-recorded for this solo tour, so as Manella plays each of his different instruments live on stage, he records them and loops them back, using pedals to distort the sounds.
He plays an acoustic guitar using effects to get bass sounds out of it, as well as a South American cajón box drum, which he sits on to drum and has modified to create varied sounds.
He also sings and loops his own backing vocals.
Manella moved to New Zealand from Switzerland five years ago with his Kiwi wife. They live in New Plymouth in a house bus he toured New Zealand in last year with his band.
Manella calls his sounds "funky electro-acoustic folk" - an upbeat concoction of folk, pop and funk with a touch of Latin.
"It's fun to watch, there's a lot going on, it's a full on sound, funky and upbeat . . . I like to get people up and dancing, once your toes start, then you work your way up."
The album was released in early December 2013, and he planned the tour before completion to "put pressure on myself to finish it."
He puts this studious approach to touring down to his heritage.
"I am quite organised, that's my Swiss background, a lot of musicians don't have those organisational skills."
He's leaving the family, band and bus behind for this tour, instead hitting the road solo in a small car. While he says being a full-time musician in New Zealand can be tough, he loves touring - last year he toured New Zealand for nine months, playing 70 venues to promote his debut + OR -.
"I love playing, I get a lot of joy out of it. I play so many gigs and I get a lot of satisfaction when I get a CD into someone's hands, and I love it when they give me good feedback."
Sonic Delusion solo set at the Playhouse Friday, January 10 8pm $5 door sales.
Saturday, January at Toad Hall, Motueka 6.30pm $5 door sales
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