FReeZA Push Start Feature: Mother Culture

Mother Culture took out first place at the FReeZA Push Start Southern Metro Regional Final on October 16 in Prahran. They will join eight other regional final winners to play at the FReeZA Push Start Grand Final to be held at Melbourne’s Moomba Festival on Friday 11 March, 2016.

motherculture2Hi guys, what’s the name of your band, who’s in it and where are you guys from?

We’re Mother Culture, a five-piece band including the likes of Darcy Ward (Vocals, Guitar), Dhanesh Jayaselan (Bass), James Savage (Keyboard), Oli Collins (Percussion) & Thommy Taranto (Lead Guitar). We’re from South-East Melbourne and the Peninsula, kind of all over the place – but we make it work.

Briefly tell us the story behind your band and how long you’ve been making music and writing songs?

Mother Culture formed by a few boys that go by the name of Dhanesh, Darcy, Nathan and Oli who all went to Cheltenham high and thought it would be cool to start a band towards the end of 2014. They played a few shows in school, but as they grew they did smaller things outside of school such as party gigs, busking etc. After a while, the band became a three-piece, consisting of Darcy on Vocals and Guitar, Dhanesh on Bass, and Oli on drums. To improve the sound, the boys decided to bring in a couple of local legends, Thommy (lead guitar) and James (Keyboard). With this five-piece, Mother Culture began getting more frequent gigs, with the quality of shows always improving and progressively playing to bigger crowds.

What are your band’s musical influences? Have they evolved from when you guys first started out?

In our early days, we listened to the likes of fellow Australian bands Tame Impala, Sticky Fingers, DMA’s and absolutely loved what they were doing – creating a name for Australian music. We then expanded our taste and explored older styles of alternative music, such as The Police. Although now that we’ve grown as a band, we try really hard to pursue our own unique sound which we feel has recently found us and has allowed us to start writing songs based upon it.

Which Regional Final did you win, and how was the FReeZA Push Start competition experience for you guys?

Playing in the FreeZA shows helped us improve our stage presence as a band.

You’ll now be battling it out with eight other bands at the Grand Final at Melbourne’s Moomba Festival 2016 for a pretty sweet prize pack. Which prize excites you most and why?

We’re keen for the HotHouse studio package prize. Plenty of real good artists have recorded there, with the help of those working there who have made their music go a long way and also the incredible equipment stored there. We’d be absolutely stoked if we went out with that prize.

What were your favourite songs or albums for 2015? What music are you most looking forward to next year?

Hard to say. Each and everyone of us is into different aspects of music and always argue on who we appreciate/like etc. Although, four of us all went to Tame Impala’s Currents concert and were mind blown. KP is an absolute genius.

Where have you performed? What are your favourite shows to play at?

OneFourteen, Greyhound, BAHA, Moorabbin Town Hall, DingDong Lounge, Docklands, Wyndham Food Truck Festival. The shows we’ve had the most fun playing at are definitely the ones’ opening for other bands. We opened for Thommy’s band, White Vans, which was an absolute killer show may I add. It’s good to interact with other musicians and bands and learn from what they are doing. Also good to party with like-minded people.

If you had unlimited amounts of money, what would be your dream gig or tour? Where would it be, who would be playing, etc?

It’s hard to say at the moment. Even if we spent billions on a tour, no one knows us so we’d have a crowd of 0. Hard to know what’s going to happen in the future so talking about that is unrealistic. I think we’d be happy to play shows close to home, or tour with other Aussie bands so we can expand our fan base within our home country.

What’s the plan for your band in 2016, what will you be doing or working on?

Well, we’re opening the new year with a set at NYE festival – Beyond The Valley. That’s a pretty great start to 2016. We’ll also be playing at other festivals such as St Kilda Festival, Let Go Festival. There will definitely be heaps of gigs coming up, new music & most probably an EP at some point.

Where can fans find out more about you and upcoming shows?

We’re on Facebook at, our Instagram is under ‘@motherculturemusic’, Our Soundcloud is accessible from our facebook page, and is also under ‘Mother Culture’. Other than that, we dont have much else out in the public, yet.

For more information about the FReeZA Push Start competition, click here.