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Featured Artist! Eden Mulholland

1.  Tell us about the new track and video! What was the impetus behind the song? Was the film clip shot in Japan? What was that experience like?
The song is about the good old fashioned heartbreak, which is a simple part of life, a rite of passage even. The pain from which runs like a river through the course of our lives and we have to find a way to cross it.  
The film clip was shot in both New York and Auckland New Zealand by Martha Jeffries and put together over the last three months.  Martha was aiming to capture both the lonely beauty of the city at night, Lost in Translation-esque, lurid neon and the light heartedness of being up to no good.  I loved performing in this video, Martha had me playing a much more mischievous character than I'm used to.
2.  Which artists were you listening to when you wrote the song, and what sort of outside influences (musical, location, art, anything) were a part of the songwriting process?
I wrote the verses for ROH about a particularly full on breakup in my distant past.  When I was partying a lot, touring with my band Motocade and life was one big bender.  Full of epic-high emotion and excitement.  Back then I was listening to Franz Ferdinand, The Strokes, Daft Punk, BRMC.
Skip ahead to 2014 and I wrote the main parts for the chorus in New York while working on my album pre-production with Victor Van Vugt.  A life changing experience for me, staying in Manhattan and working in a studio in the West Village with a famous producer. 
My soundtrack was the noises and thrum of that great city; honoured to be following in the footsteps of so many artists throughout history.  I'd been there a couple of times but this time I was a real participant, not just a tourist.
3.  You also head up NZ outfit Motocade. How does your solo sound differ from these guys, and what do you enjoy about the solo artist experience?
I grew up with Motocade and the music was all about faster, louder and more intense!  To a certain degree it's the same but with more dynamic range, I get to go super subtle sometimes - which is a product of isolation, introspection maybe?  These days I feel like I'm more in control of the song than it is of me, if that makes sense.  I love how my family of musical comrades just continues to expand with each new project I work on, each new musician I collaborate with.  I miss Motocade sometimes though, like being homesick for something, a nagging emptiness.
4. What exciting things do you have planned for the rest of 2015?
Releasing Hunted Haunted in September 2015!  Touring around NZ and Australia in October/November and making more music videos for the album.   
River of Hurt now available on iTunes

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