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RTRFM Distant Murmurs Interview Quickies – Ah Trees

Questions by: Laurent Shervington

What does RTRFM mean to you? What impact do you think it’s had on the Perth Music community in recent years?

RTR is the life blood of WA music (along with WAM). The one constant in a forever changing scene. It’s where pretty much all WA artists get their first radio play, something that in itself is inspiring for artists. I know for us in our first bands (before Ah Trees) getting added to rotation was seriously a dream come true and gave us the confidence to continue creating. I think the support that RTR offers emerging artists is incredible, in what is a truly fickle industry having the support of your local station can make all the difference. Real people who love what they do and the culture they help create and nourish. No matter what style or genre you play there is always someone who is genuinely interested in what you do. Without RTR I doubt there would be such a flourishing music scene that is now recognised the world over for producing talented artists, and without the megaphone of RTR and the love and passion they have for music I don’t think we would have what we do today (an incredibly diverse music culture).

How do you think radio has managed to maintain relevance despite it coming across as a somewhat archaic medium?

Despite the platform itself being archaic I think smart radio stations, like RTR and other community stations around Australia, have kept up with the times as far as using other mediums such as podcasts, online playlists (soundcloud etc) to remain just as relevant as ever in this new age of consumption. Despite the Federal Govt’s war against the arts and the funding cuts that it generates to community radio (and many many other areas) the torch still shines brightly, in part because of the culture that community radio has helped create and the fact that everyone consumes media differently. Not everyone uses music streaming services and a lot of people rely on radio for their news, music and idea sharing discussions. Without the dedication of the teams who work within community radio, a lot of the larger national enterprises like Triple J and mediums like spotify would be lost. Community radio has it’s ear firmly placed on the ground actually listening to what is happening, being the foundation of music for Australia and abroad.

Do you have a favourite show on RTR? Favourite presenter?

Ahh that is a hard question. Breakfast with Caitlin is certainly a favourite, after Peter Barr left there were some quite big boots to fill and Caitlin has done that and then some. A couple of us work/have worked in radio and as a presenter she is a natural talent. The gents on Homegrown are absolute legends, giving many Perth bands their first play/interview/chat. My wife and I love grooving to Full Freq and Jamdown Vershun always gets us ready to party. The Mag and Talk The Talk are awesome for making the mind and music catalogue expand. All Things Queer would be one of my most favourites, really giving a platform for topics and issues the mostly straight commercial media fail to shine a light on.

Which bands are you hanging out for at this Saturday’s Distant Murmurs?

Segue Safari are a personal favourite of mine, seen them a few times and played a show or two with them too, really cool stuff. Mining Tax I’ve yet to watch live though from what I’ve heard on soundcloud I’m pretty excited, the Krautrock vibe is delicious. Filthy Apes is another, sad to say they play roughly the same time as us in 459, luckily we’ll get to enjoy them in all their glory at Mojo’s for their EP Launch. Diger Rokwell’s set is looking like a hell of a party too. And of course EVERYONE ELSE!! Seriously, RTR have outdone themselves with the lineup.

What can we expect from your set?

A party. What do we want? For you to join us.

 Any final words? 

Yvan eht nioj! Only kidding… Thanks for chatting with us and big love to RTRFM!

Ah Trees play Distant Murmurs at the Rosemount Hotel on Saturday January 16. Tickets from