What are your names?
Brodi, Caleb, Dan and Nick
What is the bands name?
How did you come up with the bands name?
Caleb bought the name to a jam years ago when we were first starting out. We liked the ring and the imagery associated with the name. Living in Australia the beach and the ocean was a big part of our lives growing up so it’s good to have that reflected in the name.
What is your genre of music?
Pop-Punk with post-hardcore elements.
Give us a little bio about you.
Nautical Mile are a pop-punk band from Perth, Western Australia. Emerging in early 2016, the band have released a steady stream of EPs and singles and have shared the stage with the likes of Hawthorne Heights, Senses Fail and Hellions. The band have toured Australia extensively, and are gearing up to their most extensive tour yet in November 2019. The band release their debut album The Only Way Is Through in October 2019.
What made you go into music?
We all wanted to get something different out of everyday life. Music has been an important part of growing up for all of us. We all turned to music as a way to escape everyday “normal” life and try and do something different and exciting. None of us could imagine living life without some sort of involvement with music, and the hunger and drive behind the band comes from this.
Are you a signed?
You released Shattered with a video, tell us all about the single and video making process?
The track was one of the last written for The Only Way Is Through but we all instantly felt it was a great choice for a single. The track was recorded with Emmett Carroll as part of the album tracking and then we put together the video with Joe from DarKSpirit Photography. We wanted a video that would reflect the meaning of the whole album, and we feel that the scenes depicted show that journey, through the darkness to the light at the end of the tunnel.
You are set to release a brand new album ‘The Only Way Is Through’, tell us more about the album.
The songs for The Only Way Is Through were written throughout 2018 and early 2019. The album was recorded and produced with Emmett Carroll at EC.Audio, with drum tracking performed at Vision Studios. Recording began in April 2019 and was completed in June 2019. It’s our first full-length release and we’re really excited to share it with the world.
What is the meaning behind the album?
The Only Way Is Through relates to being able to stick with something, even when many negative influences are affecting the will for someone to carry on, pushing through the obstacles that life can throw. All members of the band have experienced issues spanning from family issues, depression, addiction and suicide, whether it be their own issues or issues of those who are close to them. This album is for anyone who has been through dark times, pushed through and come out a stronger, more resilient person.
Describe each track in two words.
A Life Worth Dying For – Energetic Ambition
Spin The Bottle – School Rejection
Bad Influence – Middle Finger
Better Half of Me – The Journey
Wake Up – Optimistic Excitement
Marionette – Broken Family
Flight Risk – Fighting Fears
Fall – Good Riddance
Shattered – Relationship Nostalgia
Sweet Tooth – Battling Addiction
Regicide – Inevitable End
The Only Way Is Through – Facing Anxiety
What was the writing process like?
Most of the songs started out as ideas that I (Dan) put together with Caleb. Once we’ve written the track instrumentally, we bring it to the others and then develop it further in the jam room, getting a feel for how the song would work at a live show. Brodi will write vocals and melody with input from the rest of the members. We then took these songs to Emmett and he helped refine them before we committed to the recording process.
What was the recording process like?
Lots of fun! We love hanging out and working with Emmett and he’s really good at getting the best out of our performances. It was a very productive period without ever feeling rushed or stressful, and the fact we all felt like we could really take our time and make this album the best it could possibly be was great.
Who did you work with on the album?
The album was produced, mixed and mastered by our good friend Emmett Carroll of EC Audio.
Do you have any shows coming up?
We’re heading out on tour across Australia in support of the album in November 2019
If so where will you be heading?
We start at Amplifier in Perth on the 22nd before heading over to Melbourne on the 23rd. We play Geelong for the first time on the 24th before heading to Canberra for our first show there on the 27th. We head up to Newcastle on the 28th before playing The Burdekin in Sydney on the 29th, rounding out the tour in Brisbane at Crowbar on the 1st of December.
What else can we expect in 2019?
The rest of this year is focussed on the album release and supporting it. Following the album release and tour we’ll be looking to do a little bit of writing, and we wouldn’t rule out some extra tracks coming before the year is done….
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any up coming artists? Nothing in the pipeline at the moment but we’d be interested if the opportunity arose.
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
We’re always interested in doing new things with music, so if a collaboration opportunity came our way we’d definitely be interested if they reached out to us.
Do you play any instruments?
Brodi – Vocals
Caleb – Drums, Percussion, Piano
Dan – Guitar, Backing Vocals, Programming
Nick – Bass
Who are your influences?
A Day To Remember, Neck Deep, Sum 41, State Champs
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Listening to lots of music! As we’ve said previously being surrounded by music is what’s influenced us to start a band and create for ourselves, so we’re all constantly listening to new music or bands. A lot of our lyrical influence comes from personal experience; a lot of the themes on the album are about personal struggles that we’ve all faced over the years, and channelling the lessons we’ve learnt from those into our music.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Hopefully touring the world, continuing to do what we all love! The biggest thing for us is having fun playing our music and getting to travel and experience things that aren’t exactly everyday experiences. If we can spend the next five years doing that then we’ll all be stoked.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
We all work full time in addition to being in the band. Nick’s a carpenter, Caleb teaches drums and recently finished his degree, Brodi works in hospitality as a barista and I’m a chemist at a pharmaceutical company. Between work and music, we don’t have a lot of free time but we all enjoy being outdoors and seeing this beautiful country we live in.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more into the music scene?
For me personally it was probably hearing Feeder’s Just A Day as a seven-year-old. That song made me want to learn guitar and put me on the path to where I am today. We’re all huge ADTR fans so we’ve all been influenced by them massively over the course of the band.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Never put a blanket over an owl.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Set your goals early and make sure everyone is on the same page. Dream big but make sure you’ve got achievable milestones along the way. Don’t be disappointed by failure.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
If you want something to succeed you need to give it everything you’ve got. Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
Rottnest Island has some of the best beaches and snorkelling in the world, and also has quokkas. What more could you want?
Your coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first? Home! There’s nothing better than sleeping in your own bed after spending a week on the floor of a van.
2/ Who do you see first? We all like to spend a couple of days away from each other after a tour with our partners or pets, but we also like being able to catch up for dinner or a beverage to reflect on the tour and tell stories.
3/What do you eat first? Anything with salad involved. We’re reasonably good at eating well on the road but it’s hard to avoid fast food when you’re travelling six or seven hours on the road between shows. We all get home and try to give our bodies a break for a while.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Instruments is a no-brainer, followed by setlists, our merch, Caleb always likes to have his practice pad to warm up, and we’re all partial to a cheeky energy drink before a show.