13 Jun 2015

The Secret Life of Band Names

From The Secret Life Of, 3:05 pm on 13 June 2015
Samuel Scott, Trip Pony (Priya Sami) and Randa (Mainard Larkin)

Samuel Scott, Trip Pony (Priya Sami) and Randa (Mainard Larkin) Photo: Yadana Saw

The artist currently known as Samuel Scott, Sam Scott, Samuel F. Scott and Samuel Flynn Scott has always struggled with how to represent himself in the music world – and it turns out he’s not alone.

Scott explores the world of band names and pseudonyms, picking the brains of artists to see how other people fret over what to call themselves, and finds himself humbled at the complex struggles many artists go through.

From gender-queer hip hop sensation Randa to NZ rock icons Shihad and their unhappy time as Pacifier, The Secret Life Of Band Names is not about finding a quirky name to put on your poster, it’s a story of identity, self, and how musicians see themselves, hide themselves and reveal themselves.

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Song: You Know My Name
Composer: Lennon McCartney
Album: Mono Masters
Label: Parlophone

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Song: Datura/White Flowers
Composer: Home Brew
Album: Home Brew
Label: Young Gifted & Broke

Artist: @peace
Song:
Composer: Tome Scott , Lui Tuiasau, Chris El Truento
Album: @peace
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Artist: Shihad
Song: Stations
Composer: Jon Toogood, Tom Larkin, Karl Kippenburger, Phil Knight
Album: Churn
Label: Wildside

Artist: Shihad
Song: Deb’s Night Out
Composer: Jon Toogood, Tom Larkin, Karl Kippenburger, Phil Knight
Album: Deb’s Night Out EP
Label: Wildside

Artist: Girls Pissing On Girls Pissing
Song: Eeling
Composer: Girls Pissing On Girls Pissing
Album: Eeling
Label: Self Released

Artist: Tommy
Song: Tomorrow I Might Go
Composer: Tommy Benefield
Album: Tomorrow I Might Go
Label: Loop

Artist: Trip Pony
Song: Open Up
Composer: Priya Sami
Album: Gem
Label: Private

Artist: Totems
Song: Kuri
Composer: Totems
Album: The Dream Is over
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Artist: Randa
Song: Frankenstein, Ranger
Composer: Mainard Larkin
Album: Summer Camp EP
Label: Private