by the partae

Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?

I’m living back in Sydney at the moment! The music scene here is dope, even with things like the lockouts not helping there’s still such a creative vibe around pockets of the city. I feel like Australian electronic music in general at the moment is in a bit of a state of flux so it will be really interesting to watch which direction it takes next.

What have you been working on lately?

I have a really exciting collaboration coming out with an indie electronic group also from Sydney, where we pushed much more of an “indie band meets electronic dance music” vibe. It’s a really unique piece and a type of collaboration that I don’t often see producers experiment with. I’ve also been making some really pop-heavy kind of stuff lately to push myself in a different direction, with some insane vocalists, which I’m equally as excited to show everyone. I think the idea in general is less “bangers” and more vibey stuff; although I will certainly keep putting out heavier stuff every now and then.

What’s planned for the remainder of 2018 going into 2019?

The second half of this year is looking really exciting. By the time this comes out the Grass is Greener lineup will probably be announced so I can safely say that I am insanely honoured to be sharing the stage with some of the legends also playing there. But I think the most exciting thing is that I will be going back to my roots as a drummer and bringing a full electronic kit setup into the clubs I’m playing. Festivals will be getting an even more exciting live setup…

How would you describe your sound?

My sound is a mash of everything. From my classical and jazz upbringing, to the moombahton and reggaeton I love today, to all the electronic and EDM tunes I started off producing. I try and fuse all of these elements where I can to create songs that are memorable.

How did you first start playing music and what brought you to this point?

I always wanted to play the drums as a young kid but my parents told me I had to learn a classical instrument first. So I learnt the flute and was classically trained on that while I played funk, jazz and rock drums in a bunch of bands through high school. I definitely don’t regret that hard classical training and theory and value it so much now I am producing. After high school I fell into electronic music and DJ’d a little bit, which naturally led to producing and here we are today!

What do you like to do outside of music?

I used to play a lot of basketball and get into sports in general. I also have a PhD in archaeology funnily enough, so am a little obsessed with ancient history.

Who are you listening to at the moment?

The new RL Grime album is absolutely magical and I’m really enjoying that. Otherwise I’ve just got into KREAM lately and love their electronic-pop melodies!

When are you playing next?

I can’t announce details yet, but wherever you are in Australia keep September and October free!

Favourite food and place to hangout?

You’re kidding yourself if you think anything beats real Mexican. Get me somewhere tropical on a beach and I’ll never want to leave.

‘You can catch ËMMË play live at the upcoming Grass Is Greener festival in Cairns’

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