by Silke Hartung

NewTracks New Artist: Foley

by Silke Hartung

NewTracks New Artist: Foley

Though the faces might be familiar to observant indie concert goers, Foley just started making their mark in the world of more commercially sounding music with their debut single Settle. Part of NZ On Air’s latest NewTracks compilation, it’s a promising start for the writing/ producing/ recording duo of Ash Wallace and Gabriel Everett.

What other projects would we know you from if this isn’t your first musical endeavour?

Both of us were involved in high school band project, Gabe in The Moots and myself in Vivid. Both of us competed in Smokefree Rockquest way back when, but since then we’ve been flying a little bit under the radar working hard on this project


What’s the background story of how you became Foley?

We’ve been best mates for a while, and both playing in other bands it had never occurred to us to work together. We were both at a loose end musically at the same time, feeling a little unfulfilled by our current projects, so we finally decided to work together on something fresh! Foley is our little love child because we’ve had so much fun so far working together and writing so openly and honestly with each other. We write and produce the tracks together, 50/50!

Does the name Foley have a hidden meaning?

A drunk guy came up to us both in a bar and tried to say ‘holy moly’ but ended up saying ‘holy foley’… we both knew then and there.

What makes Settle stand out for you as a single?

It has the classic pop vocal that you catch yourself singing, but we definitely channelled the funk vibes with heavy bass and guitar to keep it alive. Our style is a real fusion of genre and influence so Settle sums up what we are going for pretty well.

What’s the story behind the song?

Settle is an ode to the unsure. It basically describes that rut you can get into in a relationship, where you love someone but you aren’t sure if it’s going to last the rest of your life. Settle is about not wanting to give up on someone, but also wanting the best for yourself.

What’s your favourite moment in the single?

That bass line when it first hits! Heck yeah!

Who did you produce the single with and where?

We produced the single with Josh Fountain at Golden Age which is always a hilarious experience. We ripped the original song to shreds and put it back together, which was a brutal but beautiful process.

Describe in one sentence what you want listeners to take away from this song.

Never settle for anything less than you deserve. Have a beverage and move forward in life.

In general, how do you work out what song would make a good single?

I think usually you just get that feeling about a song where you know from the get-go that it’s got the magic. We’d written so many songs and we didn’t want to release anything until it had character. Generally the single presents itself to you as opposed to actively choosing it.

Are there other projects you’re working on that we should keep an eye out for?

Ash is working on a solo project this coming year, but Foley is definitely our major focus and we can’t wait to put out some bangers for y’all to enjoy.

Can you name three other local tunes that should be on a playlist alongside Settle?

Count It UpLA Women and Sachi
Reall Round Buddah
Places – Claye


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