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A delightful chat with Eden Mulholland

Eden Mulholland is a polymath specializing in composing and performing music and has a successful history in dance. He's talented with creating his own music videos and is a creative individual in general. We contacted him from across the world to get inside the mind of this artist. Read below to bear witness to his eloquence and may it be a garden of delights.

LaPrade: “What are some of your thoughts on music and dance as art forms?”
Mulholland: “For me, dance is ultimately moving poetry - an abstract expression of the human condition. Regardless of the themes being presented in a work, the grace and complexity of choreographed movement is compelling in a way that no other artform can match. On that fundamental level, the dancers are real, viscerally sharing the same space with you, making you wonder why and how they can do that. Afterwards I can disseminate what ideas they are actually attempting to represent. The best dance marries these two seamlessly and make the themes integral to the movement vocabulary. I'm a huge fan of dance!

Music is mostly a very conservative art form, with tried and trusted conventions that we all know how we're meant to feel when we hear it. But in some rare instances, its transcendental - surprising and instant. Instantly in your head, reminding me of a time, feeling, experience, place, and emotion.”

LaPrade: “Tell us about your dancing days.”
Mulholland: “I have danced since I was a small boy of 8. I trained in ballet until I was 16, whereupon I studied contemporary dance in Auckland New Zealand. After graduation I danced for New Zealand companies Black Grace, Ann Dewey, Sean Curham, Michael Parmenter and Touch Compass.

After 7 years in the industry and some incredible experiences, I found my desire to continue was waning - I still loved being on stage and performing, but something wasn't quite right anymore. So I retired!”

LaPrade: “'Cry Cry Cry'- should we expect a music video for this song?”
Mulholland: “The video for 'Cry Cry Cry' is being released in the States very very soon!”

LaPrade: “Do you usually wear black all the time or just in music videos (with the exception of 'Blueprint')?”
Mulholland: “Ha! Actually yes, I wear black often but not consciously. I like the simplicity and timelessness of black.”

LaPrade: “Did you use a stunt person to drive the car full of balloons in 'I Will Echo'?”
Mulholland: “No, that was me driving the car! It was a little dangerous driving out of the driveway, but I took it very slow and sped the footage up in post production, so it looked faster.”

LaPrade: “Can you describe your inspiration behind 'Body Fight Time'?”
Mulholland: “'Body Fight Time' is the title of a contemporary dance work I composed the music for. It was Choreographed by my great friend Malia Johnston in New Zealand. All these words can be used to describe life, love, loss, empathy, and humanity. The work was an investigation into these themes. The song was part of the score and one of our favorites, so I wanted to give it more of a life than in a 5 night season of a dance show.”

LaPrade: “Why is it called 'Mekong Delta'?”
Mulholland: “This tune was originally written as part of a television series called 'World Kitchen'. A cooking show! The crew travelled around the world making new recipes and this particular episode was inspired by their trip to Vietnam. I named the song 'Mekong Delta' and it has stuck. It is a love song, and to me there is something poetic and exotic about the word combination.”

LaPrade: “When you listen to your own music afterwards, do you dance to it?”
Mulholland: “No definitely not, unless I'm drunk - at which point I probably shouldn't be dancing to my own music! BUT, my wife certainly does, she is a professional dancer for Dance North based in Townsville Australia. I like to think I'll make a comeback to dance one day.”

LaPrade: “It sounds like you have many talents: dancing, writing music, etc. What are your other interests?”
Mulholland: “I've made all of my own solo music videos for the EP. I taught myself how to edit and shoot, I really enjoy it even though I'm just a learner. I like to fish, although I never get a chance.”

LaPrade: “How far have you gone so far on tour? Any plans to visit the US? How about Boston?”
Mulholland: “I performed in New York last October at the CMJ festival. I am playing in LA on the 16th of June and June 18th in NY at a showcase. Then I'll be recording my new album with Victor Van Vugt in New York. We plan to continue building our audience in the States and there will certainly be another tour whether later in 2014 or 2015. I would LOVE to visit Boston!”

LaPrade: “Are you involved with any charitable associations revolving around music, dance or art?”
Mulholland: “Not at this stage, but I would love to be part of an organization that fosters musical talent in children in indigenous communities.”

LaPrade: “If your music could bring about change whether social, economic, political, environmental, etc what issues would you bring up? Do you have a song in mind that would have that kind of impact?”
Mulholland: “It would be incredible to have a song that started a Social Movement. Like back in the '60s when folk singers would actually become popular for protest songs, and people would actually manifest change in their lives because of it, the message in the lyric was all important - and heard. I think these days, at least in popular culture, Lyric and meaning are almost disposable, not always, but often. It can be hard to wade through the marketing strategies to the kernel of reality!

But then you take a band like Pussy Riot and see the waves they made by standing up for their beliefs, it can still be a powerful expression and still worth the fight.

I would probably advocate awareness of climate change or the abuse of indigenous rights. These are issues I feel a strong connection to. I think my default message in my music is of beauty, and tragedy of life and love, from those foundations you can stand up and fight for almost anything.”

LaPrade: “As a Kiwi, have you ever watched 'Flight of the Conchords'?”
Mulholland: “Yes, those guys are amazing. I get told I sound like Murray! I can put on that voice for sure.”

You heard it here- Eden Mulholland enjoys fishing and has been told that he sounds like television character Murray of "Flight of the Conchords." We here at think that "Blueprint" is his best example of striving towards social change and both Eden and us writers agree that he should visit Boston when he gets a chance.

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