Where did ‘I Don’t Cry’ first start for you – how does the song resonate with you now?
The first part i wrote was the opening guitar line. Usually I fall out of love with stuff i’ve written shortly after releasing it, but this track has stayed in a pretty positive light with me which is unusual.
Your sound is super intricate and developed; can you remember your early sonic influences and do you think those influences have stayed the same now?
I was really into a weird mixture of Neil Young and hip hop as a kid and still am. I think you can see those influences in my song structures and drum sounds.
Who is inspiring you now (think of this as a bit of a recommendation question for readers)?
Dan Auerbach’s ‘Waiting on A Song’ and Lewis Coleman’s ‘Method of Places’
Can you tell us a bit about where you recorded ‘I Don’t Cry’ and who you worked with?
I Don’t Cry was recorded entirely by myself in three different bedrooms I have lived in over the last 12 months, one of which was a shed in Brunswick. The only other hands and ears to touch it were those of Mastering Engineer George Georgiadis @ Little Wing Sound
Were there any particular highlights of the creation process for you?
I didn’t plan on having any drums in the bridge but on the day I recorded the drums I kind stumbled upon a drum part while i was setting up the kit and fell in love with it. It the drums you now hear in the bridge!
The pandemic hit a lot of artists, and hit them differently – how has lockdown affected the way you approach music?
Lockdown hasn’t so much changed the way i approach music, but it definitely threw out most of my plans for 2020. I moved to Melbourne in hopes of finding band members so I could play live, but instead we were told not to leave our homes or socialise for 10 months
Do you think you work better – as in songwriting – alone or with others?
I find myself making quicker decisions when im working with others. Instead of debating with yourself for sometimes months, you can just ask for their opinion. I feel more confident when writing with other artists.
What are you looking forward to the most about music – yours and others – moving forward into 2021?
Every year Australian music is getting stronger and stronger and i can’t wait for Australian artists to receive more of the recognition they deserve. Australian artists are definitely making the best music in the world right now.