by the partae

Where are you currently based?

We’re currently based in Perth, Western Australia.

How did amor. come about?

We both initially met through IG when Dylan was working on his EP ‘Negative’ in late 2020 and reached out to work on a song which would eventually become the track ‘Skin’ which featured on the project. From there we realised we had very similar musical influences and ideas in terms of what music we wanted to write in the future. We then went on to create another track called ‘be there’ and just decided from there, starting the next project as ‘amor.’ was the next logical step.

What’s been happening recently?

Writing a lot of new songs, going to a lot of friends shows to make the most of our time unaffected by Covid over here.

Your single ‘Smoke Rise’ feat. Kayps, will be out on Dec 2, what influenced the sound and songwriting?

Dylan: To be honest the beat was originally inspired by a doja cat beat but then took shape into something that felt a lot darker and atmospheric so I knew it would be perfect for myself and Aidan to work on.

Aidan: In terms of the vocal melody, I felt like it is heavily influenced by The Weeknd’s ‘After Hours’ LP. High intensity, melancholy-filled phrases that delve around the subject matter of heartbreak. The lyricism is based around a fictional break up that we envisioned when we first were listening to the beat together, but we definitely drew upon our own experiences with failed relationships.

How did you go about writing Smoke Rise?

Writing wise, it was based on a real life break up scene in particular that was dramatised to depict different chapters in how this process usually takes place. Recording the majority of the demo with an SM7 over the monitors directly behind because the interface wasn’t working but it caught the vibe.

You collaborated with Kayps, how did this come about and how was the experience?

Dylan: I met Kayps a while back when we worked on his music video for Choppa with all of the Goonie Records boys and from then on had been meaning to work on a track with him. After recording the demo we felt he’d be perfect as a feature as he added a whole new unique and youthful perspective to the scenario we were aiming to depict. Kayps sent all his vocals back super quick and everything was basically done over the internet.

Where and when did you record/produce/master?

We recorded the first demo back in February this year and worked on it for months in between other tracks we’ve since released such as ‘know you’ and ‘scars’. Master was done by Chunky Luv.

What programs/equipment did you use?

FL Studio is the go to DAW at the moment.

How did you approach the recording/production process?

We record all of our final vocals with our guy Yangda Xu, the most underrated producer/ engineer in Perth for real. The beat went through a few different structural iterations after we’d recorded the vocals but it was mostly just changing drum arrangement.

Who are you listening to at the moment?

Dylan: Lord Apex, Kaash Paige, 451, Gold Panda, dpat, Snoh Alegra. Also been abusing PND 1 again and remembering how great the production on that album was.

Aidan: Brent Faiyaz, Khruangbin, Brockhampton, and Clams Casino.

What do you like to do away from music?

Dylan: If I’m not doing music I’m usually editing or working on a music video for myself or other artists. Been doing photography for years as well.

Aidan: Been getting back into reading recently. Just finished ‘The Art of War’ and now sussing ‘Dune’ – keen to see what all the hype is about. 

What’s planned for the remainder of 2021 going into 2022?

Planning to write a lot over the summer with a project of some sort in the first half of next year. Playing shows are definitely something we’re hoping for as well.

Favourite food and place to hangout?

Dylan: Japanese always and hangouts gotta be front courtyard of my house, some good windchimes.

Aidan: Yeah I’d have to say Japanese as well. The beach is the go to spot for me.

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