Very excitingly, Dragon is announced to play at Homegrown next year. So, you'll be heading across to Wellington in March for that. Have you been to or played at Homegrown before?
No, we haven't. I know anything about it. So, it's great. We're doing quite a lot of shows in New Zealand.
This past year, rounding out one of the stages they had Dave Dobbyn there. And, it's such a cool thing to see such a mixed crowd. Obviously there is a whole lot of young kiwis that probably weren't even born when that music was coming out. They're singing along and it's just a wonderful thing to see everyone get together and just enjoy the music.
Yes, it's a wild thing. Most people who come to Dragon shows are younger than our songs, you know? It's nutty. It's great. We love it.
Is it...not weird in a bad way, but you know the audience almost stays the same age as you progress?
(laughs) I guess there's a window where people just go out a lot, have a great time and life sort of runs with children and jobs and all that stuff. So, maybe it's just that. That's the age that people go out, or I think there's a thing now where everybody's a lot more musically literate than they used to be. When I started, you either liked The Beatles or The Stones, you know? But, now everybody knows everything.
Do you think that has to do with the internet and the accessibility of music these days?
Yeah, definitely. Absolutely. I think now loyalty is toward songs rather than bands. No one cares who's in the band.
That's so funny. I guess as much as some people must hate it, it must be great for bands like Dragon that year after year through Spotify etc, things can just keep ticking over and actually make you a little bit of money, hopefully.
Yeah, absolutely, and it is. It's a great thing. Fantastic to be able to do it.
Obviously, you guys have been playing and touring... I know there's been periods, years where it stopped and sort of started again...it's almost like you guys pioneered this idea of "hey it's all right for a band that was started in the '70s to come back & keep playing". Other bands seem to jump on the 20-year bandwagon or whatever it is these days.
Yeah. Look, what I do know is that it has to do with the songs. If you don't have recognizable songs you couldn't do it for one weekend basically. But I don't question too much because it's an outrageous thing to expect to be able to make a living out of music. It's ridiculous.
That's fantastic. It must be great to come back and play with these New Zealand bands that are there. For you guys, at least half of you are still Kiwis at heart.
Yeah, absolutely. We did Rhythm and Vines a few years ago and that was just so great. So, there's a thing about playing New Zealand, where, I don't know if you know it or not but New Zealand crowds sing incredibly melodically. It's like this huge choir.
That's so cool. Do you think that has something to do with the fact that people these days hear waiata growing up and the close harmony that's in there?
Yes, definitely. It's a South Seas harmony thing!
Todd, thank you so much for sharing your time and sharing yourself with us today. We can't wait to see what Dragon is up to next year at Homegrown.
That's great. We can't wait either.