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Old 3rd April 2016
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Thanks for the reply, Erol!

Regarding the multiple personalities of the modern creative... I figured as much, and your answer makes plenty of sense given what I've listened to of your output. (Your remix work practically screams "crate digger" and I mean that in the best way) It seems like you're not so fussed about making conscious decisions to play all of the different roles (managerial, artistic, re-interpreter, producer)... you're kind of just attacking it all as it comes? That's admirable, not everyone can do that and successfully nail them all.

Regarding the band... hah... I'm from New Zealand, I was playing bass for a dance-rock band called Collapsing Cities (before I transferred to a new gig playing guitar for Cut Off Your Hands). I believe both bands played with LoTP at certain points... but CC's did the whole run of the Barflys about the same time as Bears dropped, as I believe we were both on SuperVision (Nathan and Hazel, et al) at the time. I have some amusing memories of the young Sams (plural) running amok. Good times.

Now that I'm mentioning it... being from down here, and roughly the same age as Connan and Matt (Eccles)... I've watched their whole careers progressing over the last ten-to-fifteen years or so. I remember seeing the original "Connan and the Mockasins" three piece back when Connan was doing more of a Hendrix thing and touring relentlessly up and down this fair country... and Matt used to play in a great band called "Betchadupa" with Liam Finn, then he moved over to Germany and started playing for Das Pop. If you have the time and inclination - what was your first introduction to those Antipodeans, what did you make of them, and when did you first know for certain that Connan was a special talent?

Appreciate your time man, hope all is well.