The Count With Xenograft

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The Count With Xenograft


it was the first international show I’d been to and there were naked people hanging upside down from the roof!


"Jarrad, bassist and director of Xenograft."

Ten bands everyone should know about:

"Ennis Tola, A Lonely Crowd, Secret Chiefs 3, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Battles, Dillinger Escape Plan, Estradasphere, LITE, Adebisi Shank and anything Omar Rodriguez does."

Nine food items that you need to make a kickarse dinner party:

"Mutter paneer, various improvised salads, whole egg mayonnaise, a selection of cheese and crackers, hummus, basil pesto, hash brownies, avocados, ‘shrooms."

Eight possessions that define you:

"Fender five-string bass, my sitar I bought in Goa, Tom Robbins books, Boss BR-900 digital recording studio, Haruki Murakami Books, shitty laptop with Aqua Teen Hunger Force stickers, One by Alex Grey wall hanging, beard."

Seven favourite movies/TV shows that go on your mix-tape:

"The Holy Mountain, Curb Your Enthusiasm, DMT: The Spirit Molecule, American: The Bill Hicks Story, Tim And Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, Twin Peaks, The Simpsons (old school)."

Six bad habits you can’t escape:

"General misanthropy, getting angrier in my car than anywhere else, having Larry David moments in shopping centres, offending devout people, going too far in grotesque descriptions, constantly thinking about what ‘it’ all means…"

Five people who inspire you:

"Bill Hicks, Omar Rodriguez, Terrence McKenna, Salvador Dali, Trey Spruance."

Four things that turn you on:

"Polyrhythms, odd time signatures, exotic scales and finding a new band to listen to when I’m in the pessimistic despair of ‘it’s all been done’."

Three goals for your music:

"To lend itself to passionate live expression, to invoke a range of emotions (primarily lust) and to find the post-new sound…"

Two live gigs you’ll never forget and why:

"Battles at Billboard supported by Pivot, because I felt like I had stepped into the future… and Tool at Rod Laver because it was the first international show I’d been to and there were naked people hanging upside down from the roof!"

One day left before the apocalypse and you…:

"Invoke a higher state of consciousness, one way or another…"

When’s the gig?

"ROCK THE BAY – March 12."