Painting novel twist with song

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The colour of music will be unveiled during a concert at the Luggate Hotel on Saturday.

Wanaka artist Stephen Martyn Welch will reveal on stage his painting inspired by the first single from newly formed rock band Figure8.

“It’s bringing three art forms together: songwriting, the actual performance of the song, and a painting that goes with it,” Mr Welch said.

Mr Welch had been given the lyrics and a recording of the new single.

“I’ve listened to the song, I’ve had the lyrics, and this painting is my representation of what I take from it.”

Mr Welch would put the finishing touches to the painting on location at the Luggate Hotel tomorrow.

“So people can come along and see the final stages of the painting if they want.”

The painting would then be revealed on stage during the band’s performance.

“So hopefully it will all go well.”

The painting hadn’t been seen by Figure8 lead singer Glen “Gman” Hight.

“When the crowd sees the final painting, that is when Gman will see it as well,” Mr Welch said.

Mr Hight said Figure8 was a new project launched from Wanaka Studios, “which we have had for about five years, so we’ve got a recording studio there we have set up”. Figure8 was “rocky – we like grunty guitar and grunty beats.”

“As a band our first release is a song called Follow You, and I was thinking I always wanted to work with Marty, cause I really dug his paintings.”

Art was an important part of a single, even if there were no longer physical forms like vinyl, Mr Hight said.

“I think art is more important now than ever.”

The days of a piece of vinyl “that you folded out” and was “really cool because you could see this massive art” were over.

“Now it is condensed into a little tile, pretty much, unless to you try to do a physical release.”

That “tile” was still needed to represent music “in a visual sense”.

Mr Hight was looking forward to seeing the painting being revealed.

“We’re jazzed man, it’s cool, it’s going to be fun.”