Dave Leslie of Baby Animals will host a workshop at the Melbourne Guitar Show in August.
“I’ll be doing a workshop on Sunday afternoon, a bit like last year where I have a chat, play some stuff and talk about philosophies and approaches and things like that,” Dave tells Noise11.com. “I love talking about the way things are constructed, that whole journey of working on an idea in your bedroom and going through the process of having it played back to you on the radio is a pretty amazing journey. It is an amazing process”.
Baby Animals self-titled debut was a number one record in Australia but Dave says he would still like to change things on it. “Every time I listen to it I think that,” he says. “That is why they are called a record. It’s a record of how they sounded on that day at that time. To play the songs live, especially with different guys in the band, the songs still evolve. They are a little different to what they were originally. Every guitar part I’ve done I just think I’d love to go back and have another crack at that one. Nuno Bettencourt put it best put it best when he said “you really don’t finish songs, you just abandon them”. That’s what it sounds like now, so you just let it go. You can constantly change things because you get bored with the part or you start to second guess your judgement and start changing things that don’t need to be changed”.
A good rock song can be over in a couple of minutes of become an epic. “If you don’t get in the songs way it will basically tell you what it wants,” Dave says. “The less you interfere with it the better. We learnt that on Shaved and Dangerous. We interfered with the songs and made them really complicated and not a lot of people got it. No-one could dance to it but all our muso mates were impressed”.
The Melbourne Guitar Show is on once again at Caulfield Racecourse on August 3 and 4.