Te Haere - The Journey

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Te Haere - The Journey

Love the journey ... the journey is life

We love our journey.

Love the music ... the music is soul

Our journey with music is one of enjoyment, passion, reward and one thing that stands tall, strong and proud for us...friendship. 

Love the friendship ... our friends love us

We spend a lot of time working together in this band. A LOT of time. Time onstage performing, time setting up, packing down, rehearsing and sharing accommodation. Some very late nights followed by equally early starts to hit the road for the next show and then long hours packed into one vehicle before we start the process all over again.  So yes, it is vital that we are able to spend this time together without conflict and it is a question that often surfaces when chatting to people about what we do - "do you guys always get along when you spend so much time together?" 
The answer is, yes we do. Sure, there are tired times, quiet times and times when a quick break for a solitary moment might be beneficial but nothing more than that. In fact, through playing music, our friendship has become such a strong part of our lives that even when we have precious time off, it is not uncommon that you can find us...well...together. . 
Take our mid winter Xmas celebration a couple of weeks back. We booked a cool space (The Speakeasy at Annie O's in Matakana is a place you need to see!) wandered Matakana Markets grabbing some tasty produce, bumped into some friends for a couple of espresso martinis then headed off to The Speakeasy for the real reason we were there - time together. We listened to vinyl, made cocktails, laughed, chatted and danced. 

This is an essential part of who we are and what we do as a band. Without the friendship there isn't the love. Without the love, the music isn't the same. Should the music fail, we would loose you, loyal listener and supporter.
This is the same for us all. Our friends matter. Without them, the love isn't the same. Without the love the journey is not complete. This is true of each and everyone of us wherever we are, whatever we do. 

Embrace the love ... it makes us whole

So think of those friends that are important to you, your work, your journey. Value them, love them and spend time with them. They are a huge part of who we are, what makes us human and completes our journey. 


Ko te aroha te huarah ki te oranga
Ko te aroha te pūoro ki te whatu manawa
Ko te aroha nui ko tātau, tātau
Puritia te aroha, hei tānga manawa

Love the journey - the journey is life
Love the music- the music is soul
Love the friendship - our fiends love us
Embrace the love - it makes us whole              - WCJ

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This is how we do it

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This is how we do it

"I don't know how you do it"

This is a comment we hear often. It arises in conversations about music as a full time lifestyle and the question comes when people stop to think about the hours, days that we have to operate and the travel involved. There is many a late night for us followed perhaps with an early start then often, followed with a long day of travel to get to the next gig. 

How do we do it? It's a relevant question and understandable that it gets asked. 

So, here's the thing...it's not difficult! 

Firstly, a late night playing music for a cool bunch of people never feels like hard work or for that matter, work at all. We get to share a little slice of different peoples lives each night in the form of celebration. It is something we consider an honour and a treat. Something that we love. There is an incredible energy that an audience generates with dance, laughter and singing that is something infectious and addictive. Up comes the adrenaline and away goes the tired. Simple! Sure, sometimes we can be a little tired if it's our fifth night running and we've just traveled another six hours to get to the next gig but when that crowd energy begins, we are swept away and the night disappears in fun. 

Travel around Aotearoa is also not a chore, it's a privelege. Look at this beautiful home of ours. Our roads are generally quiet, the people relaxed and friendly and the scenery is something to behold no matter where you are. We are never far from an ocean, a lake or a space where you can be away from people for a little solitude should you choose. Every road trip we see stunning places, meet fantastic new friends and get to know our wonderful country that little bit better. So a six hour drive is not that, it's a six hour adventure with amazing sights and some cool new friends to meet at the other end. 

Take a moment yourselves, look around for the next stunning location, the next friendly new face to meet or friend to make. Or just stop, take in that beautiful, quiet moment in a gorgeous place with no-one around. We are privileged to do this every week but in actual fact, we all are. In New Zealand it is never very far away...

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When words don't cut it.

Thank you.

We use these words a lot as a band. This is because we are continually grateful to be playing music as a full time lifestyle and feel genuine thanks to those around us that support our journey. Sometimes though, words just don't do justice to the weight of a feeling. Our last sold out show at The Leigh Sawmill Cafe is one of these occasions. 

Playing at this venue always feels like a special occasion for us. It has personal history with some wonderful memories, a rich musical past that makes one feel as if they are stepping on hallowed ground when walking on stage and lastly, it is a venue that has supported us on our musical journey from the right from the start. So, seeing a sell out crowd here is something for us that feels somewhat surreal and incredibly humbling.


After sound checking and setting up for the evening we walked out the front door to a queue of people that had arrived early to see us. What an experience this is in itself. Opening the doors to a line of smiling faces that are there to waiting to gain entry to share a night of music with us...just incredible! We were even spoilt with some little backstage snacks dropped off early by a beautiful supporter. This was all followed with meeting a fantastic crew from Rotorua the next day whom had been at the show and some of whom were sporting our new WCJ t shirts. What a wonderful experience this was for us also meeting some new friends and hearing some positive feedback from the other side of stage after what felt like an epic night from our perspective!

On stage with us we had the mad skills of keyboardist Mark Stevens jamming some sweet rhythmic sounds for the night. Mark has played with some of New Zealand's biggest names and having him not just playing with us but sharing his love for what we do was another wonderful feeling for the evening and man, did he pump some great sounds! 

Then there was all of you wonderful folks there supporting and enjoying the night with us. Amazing. We first started playing at farmers markets to whomever might be passing for the day with a dream of one day playing bigger shows. Our fan base slowly grew from none, to one to ten, then more and now, feeling the energy that pours out of a sell out crowd at one of our all time favourite venues is an emotion difficult to describe.
It is one of accomplishment, love for what we do, excitement and pride but above all, it is an overriding love and thanks for those of you that make this happen for us and with us. It is down to you and only you that these moments happen and mean so much to us. So how do we say it? There are surely no words that can encompass all that we feel so...

...for now....all we can find to say is...

thank you. 

 

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These Fair Saints

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Inspiration.

Inspiration is something that affects us all at different points and parts of our lives and to varying degrees but when it really hits, it is certainly a shift of motivation and persuasion. 

This month, we were back at Whitianga opening the Summer Concert Series Tour for the second year running. The fact we were able to be a part of this amazing event again is in itself, an incredible honour, joy and inspiration. We would like to once again, thank Greentsone Entertainment for having us along to open for Fairground Saints, Colin Haye, Alanis Morisette and ELO. 

Now, Fairground Saints is a name you may not be familiar with just yet and one that we also weren't aware of until this tour came about. They are an acoustic group that were a part of opening this tour throughout New Zealand. Based in Nashville Tennessee, they are a young trio signed to Sony Music and......
....they were incredible!! It became a very special moment for us watching these guys play from the side of stage just after we had finished our set. They are amazing musicians with a level of musicality that blew our minds and as it turns out, they are also very nice people that were keen for a chat. We wandered off stage feeling a huge spike in our inspiration to become better musicians, a better band and felt the need to try and have a moment to converse with them. We weren't disappointed. 

We had just been totally blown away by the performance from these guys then suddenly we find ourselves back stage having a great conversation and receiving wonderful, positive feedback from them about our set....wow!! The inspiration levels for us all at this point just sky rocketed. It is something quite surreal to be playing in front of musicians that you hold in such high regard and then receive an amazing response from them. 

Inspiration. 

That is what we have taken away from this experience. New ideas, motivation, self confidence and a refreshed view of where we are heading, along with what we need to do to get there. Brilliant! 

We thank Fairground Saints for their music but also for the gift they have given us by taking the time to talk with us and share some thoughts. We encourage you to check these guys out via the links below and show them your love. They play some wonderful music and are wonderful people that love music.
But on top of that, find out what it is that inspires you and regardless of what form it comes in, pursue it. For us, it was as simple as starting a conversation. Now we feel our entire year will be taking a new shape because of it. You could do the same. 

Find it.

Follow it. 

https://www.facebook.com/FairgroundSaints/

https://www.fairgroundsaints.com

Credit to Greenstone Entertainment for the cool pic. 

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What just happened!?

What a Sunday afternoon!

Our session here at The Riverhead Tavern was simply brilliant. We have never been witness to this place being so packed out and the number of people that came along to support our show was somewhat overwhelming and truly humbling. 

It is shows like these that drive us and keep us continually coming back for more. The energy that you, the audience brings along is the invisible, undefinable thing that changes a day of music into something special that can bring together a room full of strangers into a collective state of enjoyment and fun (and some of the antics that take place on stage because of it can be quite interesting too!). There is nothing quite like feeling that energy and the direction it takes the music into. Looking out onto an audience and seeing such a cross section of beautiful people dancing, smiling and singing together with us is an addictive rush that cannot be replaced in any other way.

And so we thank you. It doesn't matter what sex you are or what your sexuality is, it doesn't matter what culture you are from or what language you speak....we love seeing you and we thank you for being you and all that you bring. It is because of you that we love what we do so much. 

So......

...just....

...thank you. 

 

 Photo credit - Chrysler Carlow

Photo credit - Chrysler Carlow

 Photo credit - Chrysler Carlow

Photo credit - Chrysler Carlow

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Superhero Sounds

You know for certain it's a great weekend of music ahead when it begins like this!

With Christmas fast approaching, our gigs have been almost non stop and of course there has been a load of Christmas functions to play at. This superhero themed party gave us the perfect excuse to bust out some dress up for the evening and what a load of fun we had in doing so. A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle climbing up on his bass in the middle of our rendition of Thunderstruck by ACDC is quite a sight to behold believe us!

We encourage you all to let loose, let your hair down and really get into any of the celebrations ahead for the holiday season. Kiwi's can sometimes be a little reserved and our laid back approach can almost verge on a lack of enthusiasm for standing out that little bit. We found dressing up for this event was not just a load of fun and laughter for us, but for our audience also and it was very well received. The effort was much appreciated and the show and laughter between us carried across to our listeners and infected them with that same sense of fun that we were experiencing. 

So, go out and enjoy all the upcoming celebrations that the end pf the year brings and don't just be present, be the life of the party. Dress up, dance, sing and enjoy yourself. After all, you've earned it through the year and you might just find that you're suddenly having a load of unexpected fun along with those around you!

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Sell out Sawmill

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The Leigh Sawmill Cafe is an iconic music venue that has played host to a plethora of incredible musical acts from all over the world. It is also a venue that we used to dream of one day being 'good enough to play at'. 

And so, what a remarkable day it is for us when we get to see that we have a show here that has totally sold out! This inspired in us a huge drive to create a show for this date that would be fun and exciting for old and new listeners alike. This meant extra rehearsals, writing, planning and arranging which culminated in a show that was something a bit different to anything we've done before and a step out of the normal comfort zone of what we do. We hope you enjoyed it, we certainly did and meeting so many of you afterwards for a chat was a highlight for us. 

There are some silent supporters that are an integral part of a show like this coming together effectively and we would like to take this moment to recognise them.
Firstly, the venue. Susan and The Leigh Sawmill have been supporting us for some time now. Since our very first show here they have greeted us with nothing but smiles and warm fuzzies that always make us feel at home in their fabulous space. Thank you guys to all the staff there for your amazing personality and ongoing support.
The Leigh community. Leigh feels like home every time we arrive. Locals recognise us and greet us with big friendly smiles and welcome us into their community as if we lived there. The bowling club for a quick game and a cold beer has become a regular stop for us when we are in town now!! Thank you Leigh. 
Then of course there is our partners and whanau at home. Full time music is a fantastic lifestyle that we love but one that certainly comes with it's own challenges and of the biggest of those could perhaps be time. We spend long hours/days away from home travelling and playing and without a supportive team at home this would be impossible. Our wonderful home support teams were not only tolerant of the extra hours this show generated but supported it in every way that they could. Stage design and creation, travel, photography, videography, door sales....it all was taken care of by our lovely whanau's. Thank you to all the WCJ whanau for your work, patience, support and love for what we do. You guys and gals are all amazing. 

We all have whanau and/or friends in our life that help and support us on our journeys. Next time you think of who that person is, give them a thank you. We all know they deserve it!!

 

 

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Scallops, rain and clean oceans

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We love the Whitianga Scallop Festival!!

We loved being there, loved playing for an amazing crowd in a seriously beautiful location and loved the relaxed, friendly vibe that was present throughout the day. Plus, the various incarnations of scallops on offer were absolutely delicious! Despite the major squalls of heavy downpours blowing through, our audience stuck with us from the first note right through until the last. Good on you guys. We even saw chairs being welded as umbrella's by some folk keen to stick out our show with us. Just brilliant and what a very cool experience for us playing on a stage set out over the ocean. The walk out was an exciting experience within itself!

Aside from being an amazing experience for us (and one we certainly hope to repeat!) it also served to remind us of what a stunning country we live in and why we should be making real ditch efforts to care for our home. Across the globe, pollution and climate change are very real issues and both are problems that we can all affect in a positive way. Less waste and more care. This is not a difficult consideration for any of us and the benefits are untold. Aotearoa is a stunning place to live in and we should stay conscious of how privileged we are to share this beautiful home.

Let's keep our oceans clean, our bush lush, our streets litter free and let's all cut down on our waste as best we can. Our home will love it, our oceans will love it and in turn we will love it too. 

 

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Sold out show

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Sold out show

ONLINE TICKETS TO OUR SHOW AT THE LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE ON OCTOBER 22ND ARE NOW SOLD OUT!! 

We are flattered by your support and say a gracious thank you to everyone who has bought tickets. 

As a result, you have inspired us to set this as the date when we will be performing a whole new show! You can expect everything you know and love from White Chapel Jak but a whole load of new songs and surprises are on the way. We are rehearsing long hours and challenging ourselves musically to push upwards to a new level. We are super excited to share this with you in October for the very first time! 

There will be a VERY LIMITED number of door sales on the day. So, if you know of someone who missed out on tickets and is keen to catch the show, we strongly encourage you get there when doors open at 3:30pm for a chance of entry. 

Let's do this!

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Winter fun in the sun

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Winter fun in the sun

We love what we do.

We love playing music, we love traveling our homeland and meeting so many fun and interesting people along the way but above all, it's about sharing our love of music with those that take a moment to listen, laugh, sing and dance with us. Regardless of what you do however, and what your journey in life is, it's always important to be able to step away for a little while and relax. This past winter month has allowed us time to exactly that. 

As July is one of our quietest months of the year and this past summer has been our busiest one to date, we decided it was finally time to actually take a break from music and have a few weeks off performing. I know.....crazy right?! It is a blessing and a valued reward to spend some quality time with our friends and whanau and share some amazing experiences away from our homes. 

But where do you go when it's cold, rainy and dark in New Zealand? Well, a few of us decided Tonga was a good idea! What a beautiful place this country turned out to be. Gorgeous weather, warm, clear tropical waters, amazing surf, topped off with friendly and welcoming locals. Of course a guitar was always close to hand and even in our time off a tune or two was well received over an evening drink and new friendships were formed. 

So how does it feel taking time away from doing what you love? Perhaps a moment shared best describes it.

"Sitting on a surfboard in warm water waiting for the next amazing set wave to fire across the reef. A glance downwards through the water reveals unworldly, beautiful coral growths highlighted with ethereal spikes of bright colours and flurries of tropical fish. A glance upwards in time to catch a humpback whale with her calf breaching the surface to suck an enourmous breath of air only 100 metres away before plunging back into the ocean in an explosion of white water silhouetted against a coppery sunset." 

It feels good. Very good. Yes, we have missed playing and yes, we will be returning with a renewed energy and excitement for the coming months but stepping back, relaxing, reflecting and re-energising is cleansing for the soul. Thank you Tonga and your beautiful people for reminding us of this. 

So wherever you are and regardless of what you are doing, if you are feeling it might be positive to take some time off, grab a hold of your loved one's and do it. You're not going to love what you do any less but will simply love life that little bit more. 

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Easy Like Sunday Morning

Do what you love. Do it with love. 

Once again we have been reminded how this simple motto applied with background hard work can lead to truly great moments. 

Ronald LaPread was the bass player for Lionel Richie and The Commodores through some of their most golden years of recording and performing. He is also a highly regarded songwriter and is the composer of two of The Commodores' biggest hits 'Brickhouse' and ' Easy like Sunday morning.' What an absolute treat for us to not only meet this legend of the musical world but also perform these two legendary hits with him!
 

That's right, we shared the stage with Ronald at a wonderful private function in Auckland and we had the honour of performing these two iconic songs with him. Just amazing. These are songs that each of our band members has grown up with and can recall individual, nostalgic memories of listening to them both at varying times. And so, it felt very special to be sharing the moment of performing with Ronald and we thank him and the organisers of the event for such a memorable and special night. 

A week after this, after arriving on a flight back to Auckland, we walked in to arrivals to hear 'Easy like Sunday Morning' playing across the airport which brought home again what an epic piece of writing and history this song really is and how fortunate we are to experience these incredible moments.

So to you we say; next time you are getting off a flight, maybe sitting in a cafe, cruising the radio airwaves whilst driving and you hear Lionel singing 'Easy like Sunday morning', think of us and think of doing what you love with love and think about what it is that you love and go on out and get doing it!!.....with plenty of love of course. 

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Is this love?

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Is this love?

This is love...

Love of music, love of people and a love for sharing our passion. 

The Leigh Sawmill Cafe is an iconic music venue that has played host to a deluge of amazing musical acts. When our band members all moved to Auckland it didn't take long to learn of this venue and it shot straight to the top of the list of venues we wanted to one day perform at. Since then, The Sawmill has become one of our biggest supporters and the local community of Leigh have been behind us showing their love and loyal support for years now. As such, when a gig comes up here we are always filled with excitement and anticipation. And wow, this latest one did not disappoint!

Sell out crowd, a tonne of love and an amazing energy to the place. What an honour and a treat to play for such a an amazing collective of wonderful and warm people. We had the best time!

So, love what you do. Genuinely love it and that love comes back in different ways and forms. For us in comes in smiles, laughter, dance and energy. We thank you all for that. The Sawmill and their staff, the Leigh locals and each and every person that made an effort to share such a wonderful afternoon with us. A special shout out also to the lovely couple that travelled all the way from Te Awamutu to share some music with us. What a gift you gave us! Lastly, apologies to those that couldn't get in as the place was full but fear not, we will be back there for another Sunday session soon! 

'Is this love, is this love, is this love that I'm feeling' .......

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