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Van Van SchieSydney band Van She had a big hit in 2008 with their debut album, V. Now bass player and vocalist Matt Van Schie is trying his hand at some solo material. He talks to BBM’s Amy Baker about his new project ahead of his tour with Delphic in late March.

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BBM: Hi Matt, where are you at the moment and what are you up to?
MVS: I’m at my house in the Northern Beaches in Sydney. Just doing some writing today. I’ve got a good set up here. I have a couple of meetings later but apart from that I’m just going to be writing. I’m addicted to it at the moment.

Your EP, Balmy Nights, was released on February 5th – how’s the reaction been?
It’s been awesome, and working with the guys from Bandroom has been great too. The video for the song “Journey” is coming out next week so then we’re going to really start pushing it. I think some people have been surprised that I went along the poppy music angle but it’s just been a natural progression for me because of all the stuff that I have been listening to recently.

What would you describe as your musical influences?
Well when I wrote this I was listening to a lot of Roxy Music and Hall & Oates, but when I was growing up I listened to Hendrix and Led Zeppelin – stuff like that. I started playing bass when I was a teenager so I really got into that kind of stuff. I moved on to things like Fleetwood Mac. I saw them when they were in Sydney last year and they were amazing! Such professional musicians. It was so good.

Where can people get a copy of the EP?
You can find it on iTunes or vinyl and cd’s are available from the website (www.mattvanschie.com).

So, do you have plans to release an album?
Yeah, that’s the next step. I’m working on it at the moment and hope to have something out later in the year. I’m also working with the boys on another Van She album so I’m really busy. Hopefully we’ll have something out soon.

So you’re just taking a break from Van She, not going solo for good?
No not at all. We’re not over. We’re just working on the album and the boys are being kept busy with the Van She Tech stuff. Tomek (Van She drummer) is a hardcore designer so he’s really busy at the moment too.

You’ve toured some other big names. Bloc Party, Phoenix, Daft Punk, The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s. Do you have any favourites?
Its great supporting big names but I definitely prefer touring with smaller artists where you can just hang out, party and become friends and where the big name doesn’t dwarf you. One of my favourites to tour with was Los Valentinos. They’re another Sydney band and we’re friends, so touring with them was awesome fun.

Have you got any plans to tour? Are you going to get over to Europe at any stage?
Yeah. I’m planning on going over to London late May, early June to spread the word, talk to people and play a few gigs. I know some people over in Paris and Berlin so hopefully I’ll get over there too. I love London. I was over there last summer. There’s a great vibe over there in the summer – people drinking in parks, people go crazy when the sun comes out. We just take the weather for granted over here. I’d like to be there when it’s cold though, maybe have Christmas over there.

How do you find working solo when you’re used to being in a band? Do you miss the guys?
Nah, I still see them enough not to miss them and we are all working hard at the moment so we’re being kept busy.

Do you have any other exciting plans for 2010?
It’s going to be a busy year. I’m planning on doing a lot of writing. Get these albums finished. We’re hoping to do some Van She gigs in 4 or 5 months and I’m looking forward to Europe – that’ll be sweet.

Matt Van Schie is on tour with Delphic at the following venues:
March 25: Hi-Fi Bar, Brisbane
March 26: The Prince Bandroom, Melbourne
March 27: The Beach Road Hotel, Sydney
March 28: Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

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