Barley Passable Interview with The Partae

by the partae
Where are you currently based?

We are currently both based in Sydney on the Northern beaches which are where we have our studio as well.

How did you first start playing music?

It’s different for both of us but generally, we both started playing instruments really young. Kai started playing Bass and Guitar at around 8 and Davy started with piano super young at 5. Our parents are all avid music listeners and encouraged us both to play.

What’s been happening recently?

We have just been working really hard! Right now we are in the car to Byron to do some shows for Schoolies which will be fun and just probably pretty rock n roll.  We also just got off shooting the music video for ‘Til I Say So with our close friend and director Jarad Travers and we are literally right now looking at some of the frames and we are so stoked. Just constantly trying to improve our productivity and shows to make it the best it can be and different for both listeners and us at every one.

Your latest single ‘Til I Say So ft Betty is out on November 28, what influenced the sound and songwriting?

We always pull from everything we are listening to and also our own individual backgrounds in music and this was no different with ‘Til I Say So. Davy was in isolation when he started the track so he spent lots of time just trying to find the right mood in that loop he made. Maybe that influenced the cruisey nature of the song by him being in isolation, we honestly haven’t really thought about it too much.

How did you go about writing ‘Til I Say So?

It started off with Davy making a loop that ended up being the verse/chorus section and we both came together and finished off the instrumental. In the past, we have done this and then spent ages almost inorganically adding the vocals but this time around we just had this feeling that someone else might be better suited to singing on this track. We had recently played with and seen Betty play so she was fresh on our minds she is just an incredible vocalist and friend so we knew it would work with her voice.

You worked with Betty on this track, how did this come about and why did you choose to work with Betty?

The Sydney crew is generally pretty damn small once you start playing shows so we knew her and know her band as well. We had played and been to one of her shows super recently and so she was just on our minds. her voice is silky smooth and has lots of souls so with the instrumental we knew they pair together nicely.

How was it working with Betty?

It was such a pleasure, it felt like the perfect collaboration experience – which is crazy considering it was our first one. The song came out in literally one session over a day and then it was done besides finishing off some of the vocal passes. She is an amazingly kind and generous person so just being in a room with someone like that, even if what your doing isn’t productive is always a treat, and this felt super productive.

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

So we did all the recording and production from our home studio on the Northern Beaches. Mixing & Mastering are skills that we don’t have a clue about and feel like mystical arts so for those we sourced Matt and Riley who also happen to play in an awesome band called Ivey and for the master we had the wizard Wayne at Suture Mastering.

Please tell us about any upcoming gigs and the schoolie’s parties thus far:

So we are just on the way to the schoolie’s party, feels pretty funny when we mention playing at schoolies but it’s honestly such a fun crowd to play to, as we did it last year as well. We can’t wait to do two shows there at Byron Bay Beach Hotel as we are also staying in the area and doing some writing too. We then have Sunsets Festival on the Northern Beaches on the 3rd, a show with Ivey for their beautiful event called Adam’s Day in the Gold Coast on the 15th and our 2nd ever-headline show on the 23rd at Oxford Art Factory.

Who are you listening to at the moment?
As we are currently driving up to Byron let us just clue you in on what we literally have been listening to today:
— Warmduscher – at the Hotspot Remixed – EP
— Mac Demarco (we pretty much did it all, it’s so nice to drive to)
— Toro Y Moi – Outer Peace

— John Carpenter – Lost Themes album

You have an upcoming single launch at OAF Gallery in Sydney on Dec 23, what can we expect?

The usual level of high energy and some pretty crazy creative stuff. Every set we change it but since this show is special to us we are changing and redoing the whole thing. The way we play our set limits us in a good way so when we perform our songs it’s almost like a remix of the actual track. We have an awesome lineup of artists playing along with us so we really want to make it into a proper night. Also, we may or may not be making a plinth.

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

So we are keeping ourselves pretty damn busy for the rest of the month with playing live and just getting out and amongst it through the summer season. Besides playing live we will be working on editing and finishing off the music video for ‘Til I Say So and having a bit of a viewing party/just party when that comes out too and everyone is invited to drink champagne and come hang <3

Favorite food and place to hang out?

We are absolute suckers for Japanese food, and honestly, we are pretty local to the amazing Jipang in manly. We constantly find ourselves getting the chicken cutlet curry from there, it’s the perfect studio food.

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