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They're responsible for one of the BEST covers of Ed Sheeran to exist... appearing in EVERYONE'S Facebook timeline for weeks and now Walk Off The Earth are on their way to Australia.
We caught up with Gianni from the group recently to get the low down on what it's like being part of a viral sensation, oh and getting the official seal of approval from Taylor Swift!
What is your all time favourite cover?
That’s a tough one for sure…there are so many amazing covers out there! Johnny Cash covering Nine Inch Nails, The Doors covering Jose Feliciano, Jeff Buckley covering Leonard Cohen…there’s also this crazy Canadian band that covered Somebody That I Used to Know by Melbourne’s own Gotye all on a single guitar! You should definitely check them out :P
What’s the weirdest instrument you’ve used?
We recently did a project back home called “Canada Sound” where we sampled everything from loons and Canada geese to snowboard bindings, hockey pads and beer cans! We also once made an entire song using only a Volkswagen Beetle. Literally anything can be an instrument to us!
What would you like to try?
We’re actually most excited to try out the instrument that we’ve co-created with Blueberry Guitars out of Montreal, Canada. It’s called the “GuiHarpUlele” and will be the only one of its kind in the world! It combines elements of a guitar, a harp and a ukulele along with some built-in percussion and beautiful inlay designs.
What’s the coolest response from a singer that you’ve had?
Getting Gotye and Kimbra’s seal of approval was definitely a great moment! Joel actually got the chance to meet up with Wally (De Backer/Gotye) after a show in Sydney a few years back - what a sweet guy! We were also honoured by Taylor Swift when she decided to show our cover of I Knew You Were Trouble as part of the intro piece on her RED world tour.
If you could welcome a new member into the group (a performer) who would it be?
Stevie Wonder would be a dream come true! Most people know him for his piano and harmonica skills but he’s actually an amazing drummer too! We think he’d be a great fit for WOTE. John Butler is another amazing multi-instrumentalist who we’ve been inspired by over the years...we'd love to jam with him!
When you come to Australia, what are you looking forward to the most?
There are lots of things about Australia that we’re excited about, but above all else it’ll be amazing to finally connect with our Aussie fans in person for the first time. Australia has been one of our most supportive territories from day one, so this trip is long overdue! We hope it’s the first of many more to come.
Will you try Vegemite?
We’ll try anything once! Our UK fans keep telling us that Marmite is better, but we’ll be the judge of that! We hear that Tim Tams and Milo are a must-try as well. Can’t wait!
Walk Off The Earth's first Aussie show is in Sydney on July 27 (then Brisbane and Melbourne), you can grab tickets here