Able Joseph 

by the partae

Where are you currently based?

Well it’s a good question. Right now, I’m residing in Sydney but when you also travel between worlds and dimensions — who knows where else I am. 

How did you first start playing music?

I wrote my first song in my head on a commute to work. It sounded pretty good up there! I taught myself guitar and keys… and I’ve been trying to capture my imagination ever since.

What’s been happening recently?

We just released Lonely LA, we dropped a Japanese version of my first release, SOLO, and I also just featured on two GRUM tracks, which was heaps of fun. Oh, and I got booked to play in the dagobah system. 

Your latest single ‘Lonely LA’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?

Lonely LA is a story about facing change and finding strength as a team. It’s not a love song, it’s a relationship song. From a production side we wanted to capture that sincerity and raw honesty, but structurally the song never repeats. It flickers between different melodies and tempos — but it’s never distracting. I’m very proud of its deceptive simplicity. 

How did Lonely LA come about?

Real circumstance, heartbreak, honesty, ego, and a dash of exaggeration. 

Where and when did you record/produce/master and who did you work with?

The song has been crafted in Sydney and LA. Produced by an incredible talent in Grant Konemann, who is also deeply involved across the whole EP. I’m very, very fortunate to be working with him.  Mixed and mastered by the equally glorious Mathew Neighbour. 

How did you approach the recording process?

Because the song tells the story of this very intimate realisation — we wanted to keep as many components from the original demo as possible. The vocal on the track is pretty much the first take from start to finish. We had planned to re-rec as the song evolved but it just felt right. Lonely LA is personal, genuine and raw, which is why the track is quite sparse and the guitar so prominent. We tried to be restrained and make sure every component shined. 

Please tell us about the music video animation, how did this come about and who did you work with?

Able Joseph travels gig to gig, place to place, world to world. Each animation and artwork highlights a moment in this journey. For Lonely LA, it was a street rehearsal performed in the vibrant city of Iris — sometime in the future. 

These moments are captured by artist and illustrator Trevor Conrad, who is an incredible talent. 

Who are you listening to at the moment?

Spacey Jane, Omar Apollo, Mallrat, The 1975, Fred Again, Le Youth, Julia Jacklin, Dave, Lapsley, Shannen James and Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird…to name a few.

What’s planned for the remainder of 2022 going into 2023?

If everything goes according to the mighty master plan, we’ve got one more release this year, some co-writes and plenty more multi-verse adventures. Can’t wait. 

Favourite food and place to hangout?

Flip Jacks, in the Nightingale Quadrant, do an insane Multi-sense Burger…RaRa’s in Redfern is also a delight. 

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