STACK‘s Roving Reporter stops in at JB Hi-Fi Carousel (WA) to chat music with Dual Music/Movies Co-Ordinator Tem Seivers.
With a background in childcare and Early Childhood Teaching, Tem Seivers’ eagle eye is well attuned to the uniquely unifying effect of the vinyl resurgence. “I see toddlers and children coming in and getting these LPs and interacting with their older siblings, and their parents, and their grandparents, and seeing this totally generational thing,” he says. “Bringing families together! Last Christmas we had families gathered around these tables. I was like, ‘This is beautiful!’”
The Dual Music/Movies coordinator has been with JB for nine years across two stores, and despite a promotion to Media Manager last year, chose to come back to the co-ordinator role because, as much as he likes growing and progressing, it was taking him away from his true joy. “At the end of the day, I work at JB because of my passion for physical media,” he explains. That, and interacting with customers. “When I came over to Carousel [from Cannington store] I brought a whole onslaught of regular customers, but it’s not just me, it’s every advisor here – we spill off every experience we have, and it’s reciprocated – it’s pretty special.”
Tem boasts a practical music pedigree – he began classical piano at five years old, accepting a jazz scholarship in high school and from there becoming fascinated with fusion, artists like Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock, and on to techno, house music and sequencing, all the while composing his own pieces – and he’s always had his finger on the local scene’s pulse.
“Local community radio station RTRFM was a huge part of my upbringing,” he says, “and I’ve seen incredible local artists grow.” Stella Donnelly, Methyl Ethel, Tame Impala and Pond are all acts he has enjoyed seeing blossom from intimate Perth venues into international recognition, but there’s more local gold currently surfacing in our Western annals.
“Grievous Bodily Calm are an incredibly tight, instrumental jazz band [in the vein of] BADBADNOTGOOD; Ryan Beno are a really interesting, stripped-back, post-rock lounge act; good friends of mine that I used to play live with many years ago are in an act called Peppermint Showers, a really nice dream-pop, shoegazy outfit; and Mt Mountain are an incredible psych act. Those four are some of the most exciting acts we’ve got here in Perth at the moment.” You heard it from Tem first.