Jonathan starting playing music at the age of 9 when he wrote his first song "Rebecca" about a primary school crush.
By 12 he was playing drums with 20 year olds in an average goth band ‘The Plaster Saints’ whose claim to fame was releasing a song on a Flying Nun compilation in the 90s.
At 13 out of fear he was going to start wearing fishnets and piercing his privates he was sent to live with his Father in Australia. His Father was a spiritual guru living in Byron Bay, graciously helping his followers to starve themselves in order to raise their ‘vibrations’ so they could board the invisible motherships floating above them.
At 14 after failing to raise his vibrations and also feeling quite hungry he left home and took care of himself by selling drugs to local tourists to make his way through high school.
At age 19 he returned home to Auckland, New Zealand and started his first band The Brunettes. The Brunettes was basically a bunch of indie guys that liked Pavement and the Modern Lovers and the music reflected that. Within 6 months the band broke up but not before Jonathan met Heather Mansfield and convinced her to turn The Brunettes into a duet based recording project.
Jonathan wrote and produced 4 albums and 4 EPs for The Brunettes, driving himself mad over the course of their ten year career trying to achieve the sonic standards of his 1960's heroes of 4 track recording, George Martin and Brian Wilson.
The Brunettes went on to sign to Sub Pop after opening for The Postal Service in 2003 before eventually breaking up 2010. They still however have a loyal and dedicated cult following, especially in New Zealand where their debut ‘Holding Hands Feeding Ducks’ is regarded as a classic.
Jonathan Bree released his first solo album ‘The Primrose Path’ in New Zealand in 2013. The album drew much critical praise and was a finalist in the ‘Taite Prize’ – a respected arts award named after the late journalist Dylan Taite.
Jonathan’s second album ‘A Little Night Music’ drew similar critical praise locally and saw Bree venturing into more free-form territory, further breaking away from more traditional pop formulas found in some of his best-known work with The Brunettes. This was partly due to new interest in classical music after inheriting some old ballet records of Tchaikovsky, and music of Bela Bartok.
Big Search is the ever-present alter ego of Matt Popieluch as he continues to make his way through Californian life, channeling the cross-currents of romance, upheaval, and casual adventure.
After over a decade of making music in various bands like Foreign Born and The Cave-Ins, and assisting in bands Papercuts, Fools Gold, Glasser, Cass McCombs, Taken By Trees and Sky Ferreira, Big Search has been steadily uncovering the music being revealed to him in flow-states. After two albums and a number of singles, his new album Life Dollars will be coming out August 19th via Danger Mouse's new imprint 30th Century Records.
Life Dollars was recorded during two five days periods in Los Angeles with producer Rob Barbato (Kevin Morby, Bleached). The sessions were squeezed in between Matt's tour dates while he was working as a hired guitar player, recorded live with Dan Iead on guitar, Garrett Ray on drums and Rob Barbato doubling on bass. The majority of the songs here were written at the beginning of an international romance-turned-marriage that was not to last, giving the songs dual natures. As a result, the music embodies longing, idealism, uncertainty, isolation, and emotional gambling on a bed of drifting escapism.
The arrangements were inspired by the time Matt and Dan Iead toured as a duo through New England a few autumns ago. In a minimal rental car, surviving on pizza and a hackie sack, they developed the 12 string acoustic - electric guitar combination that would become the core of the record. Add a rhythm section, harmonies, synthesizers, vibraphone, and a few woodwinds and you've got all you need to rake in some Life Dollars.
Long before he started writing psychedelic pop songs, and becoming a Los Angeles resident, George, aka Das Kope, actually lived only a few blocks from where the Brazilian 60’s rock band Os Mutantes had originated. Raised in the west side of São Paulo, the biggest city in Brazil, he was always an outsider with a vision. A self taught guitarist, influenced by the grey cityscape, he found his musical voice in punk rock at a young age. Propelled by the DIY spirit and barely out of his teens, he saved enough money to buy a ticket to Los Angeles, and in an almost runaway fashion he left everything behind in pursuit of music.
For the next years he found himself working a slew of odd jobs and moving from place to place, eventually settling as a part time recluse in a dark Hollywood apartment he nicknamed ‘the cave’. Tangled up in his loneliness and guitar cables, this isolation pushed him into a madness and a creativity that would keep him company for the next few years. He became obsessed with guitar pedals, synthesizers, VCRs, After Effects, tape recorders, green screen and anything that brought color to his otherwise nocturnal existence.
Inspired by these kaleidoscopic experiments, Das Kope was born. His songs are expressions of a turbulent journey across the world, his visuals are a fantastical balance between city and nature.
Das Kope is currently working on a group of songs and visuals that he will be releasing as an album later this year. Get lost in the psychedelic lo fi experience of Das Kope.