Heterochromia Interview

by the partae

Where are you currently based?

We’re currently based in Sydney

What’s been happening recently?

Things have been pretty non-stop! The reception to our new single has been overwhelmingly positive so we’ve really been trying to ride that wave while we rehearse a bunch for tour.

Your latest single ‘Plastic’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?

Plastic was written out of frustration really. At the time I felt like I was really only being seen as a toy by the men in my life and it took a lot of work to build the self-worth to stand up to that and say “Hey! no! fuck you! I’m a human being”. That’s why although the lyrics of the song are pretty almost bitter (I’m a big fan of The Smiths so a lot of my writing has that sarcastic tone to it), instrumentally we really went for something with a much brighter almost nostalgic tone. We were playing a lot of 00’s pop between writing sessions and I think that comes through.

What does this single mean to you?

Plastic means a huge deal to me! It feels like such a time capsule of this awful thing I overcame. I’m proud of how overall positive it ended up being and I think it’s some of mine and Josh’s (Gonzalez/producer) best work.

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

I recorded the song with Josh Gonzalez who is a long time friend and creative partner. His writing and production is really what makes Heterochromia what it is. We wrote and recorded the song in his home studio and then sent it off to Chris Vernon to mix and master, because I just have a bunch of talented besties and the band is a great excuse to work with them

How did you approach the recording process?

Very very slowly and with a lot of patience on Josh’s end. Heterochromia is my first time having the musician hat on and so there was a lot to learn. We didn’t want to settle at all. Consequently there was a lot of tweaking until we were both stoked.

You have an upcoming tour, where are you headed?

Yeah oh my god I’m so excited! We’re adventuring around the East coast for the first time with a bunch of old and new friends and then finishing off with a hometown headliner. The tour starts with Canberra and Melbourne so I’m currently in the market for some nice and thick jackets.

What can we expect from your live shows?

Dancing and chaos wrapped in pastel satin. We’ve got such a wonderful, fun live band and we’re all up for a boogie and a banter so that seems to be the kind of vibe we attract in a crowd. We’re playing our whole new ep + a couple overs and maybe some bonus tracks *wink wink*. It should be a really fun time! 

Who are you listening to at the moment?

Right this second I’m listening to Jenette Mccurdy’s audiobook. But in terms of music recently I’ve been hyperfixating over Belle Haven’s new songs, Lewis Capaldi’s new album and a bit of Black Flag. I really like to keep spotify’s algorithm guessing in terms of what to recommend to me.

What’s planned for the remainder of 2023?

Well we’re going to release this EP finally, make some new friends up and down the east coast and then maaaaybe even release a little more music before the year ends.


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