by the partae
Where are you currently based?

Currently based in Brunswick Heads, Northern NSW.

What’s been happening recently and how has your Covid experience been so far?

When this time came upon us, I had a mini freak out and decided to get up at 5AM everyday, run 6km and write for an hour. For 10 weeks, 6 days a week. It was kind of my way of being able to control something in a time that had completely collapsed. It was a hectic time but I found great clarity and ultimately created a whole new sense of value on sleeping in!

How did you first start playing music?

Music was my teenage angst outlet. I picked up a guitar at 13 and remember vividly walking into my teachers studio and he was playing Little Wing by Jimi Hendrix. I new it was all over when I heard that intro.

Your new single ‘Trick Of The Light’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?

The main sonic influence on this song was my previous single ‘Alone’ . We’d recorded that the day before and when we came in the next day, we decided to write this song in aq similar session using an iNtimate piano sound, drenched in analogue synthesiser. Kind of my heaven TBH.

How did you go about writing the single and who did you work with?

The song was written by Joel Quatermain and myself. He’d ducked out to grab coffee and the chords had formed some structure. By the time he’d come back, he picked up the lyrical direction and we we’re off. Finishing the song at 1:00am in a north Melbourne pub, scrawling something dodgy down on a beer coaster.

How did you approach the songwriting process?

The songwriting process on this song was unusual to how I normally work. When you set out to ‘Write a song’, There’s a lot of factors involved. The main one for me is who I’m working with. As Joel and I already have a great friendship, this song was basically an extension of a lot of conversations around the concept of saying you’re OK when really you’re not.

What did you find most challenging and rewarding during the creation of Trick Of Light?

The most satisfying for me was on the final day of tracking, the song was pretty much complete. It’s hard to describe the feeling of when you feel something is missing because sometimes its just a feeling. But we trusted, set the mic up and I sang a few harmonies that now reside in the chorus. This was a massive win as its probably one of my favourite aspects of the song. Solidifying the notion of trusting your gut.

Where can we listen?

All the good place, Spotify, Apple Music, youtube, the radio.

What do you like to do away from music?

I’m a birding enthusiast! So I spent most of my time away from the studio, with an old camera trying to track down some real beauty’s. It helps me clear the mind and be engulfed in something truly special. 

Who are you listening to at the moment?

I’m in love with the new Sufjan Stevens song, Video Game. I’ve always been a massive fan and now, after 15 years since releasing an album like ‘Illinois’, to come out with thIS? I’m blown away.

What’s planned for the remainder of 2020 going into 2021?

Good question, right now it’s just about writing and getting better at my craft.

Favourite food and place to hangout?
Fav food hangout would have to be Old Maids in Brunswick Heads. Burgers are next level!

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