I hear that you just moved to Singapore, why did you decide and on Singapore and what’s the music scene like there?
I’d been keen to live overseas since I had a stint in Hong Kong 5 years ago. A job came up in Singapore and I jumped at it. It’s flexible and means I have lots of time to write which is exciting. Its a really exciting time for indie music in Singapore. It’s still maturing but with a slot at BIGSOUND dedicated to Singapore music and closer ties between musicians in both countries really expanding. I’ve basically set up a life swap with Houg a Singapore artist who’s relocated to Melbourne at the same time so look him up and make him welcome.
How did you first start playing music?
I started in school in the standard ways, choirs, bands, guitar and piano lessons, and ended up in a band called ‘the complimentary headsets’ for around 7 years after school. It was amazing writing, recording and playing music with some of my best mates and given it was the 2000s we played indie rock. I DJed at the same time and that’s how I got into production which eventually brought me around to the sound I knew was something I could release as Latchy.
Your new single ‘Just Call’ has just dropped, what influenced the sound and songwriting?
I think that artists I have huge admiration for bands like Passion Pit, Alice Ivy and SAFIA has meshed with masic from my childhood like Paul Simmon and Phil Collins on this one. I also listened to a lot of hip hop at different times which I think comes through but the main thread running through it all is pop which I think is having a bit of a revival at the moment.
How did you go about writing Just Call?
Just Call actually started life a number of years ago and was one of those songs I couldn’t get to a place I was happy with. When I first met Haxx, my producer, and playing him music he was stoked on it and him giving it a breath of fresh air really made me love it again.
Where and when did you record and who did you work with?
Like all my songs this started life in Haxx is an amazing guy, part of kult kyss and producing amazing artists like Yeo, Milwaukee Banks and King IV. He really helped with his production and missing skills taking this song places I never could have achieved by myself.
How did your live space ‘Brooklyn’ in Sydney come to be?
I spent the last two years in Sydney and connected with the guys and girls who were in the studio at Hibernian House that forms our performance stage. We shared a love of music and their skills producing award winning music video content and producing film matched up with my music production so we decided to give it a go. A year after we launched and we’ve hosted I know leopard, Billy Fox and Ryan McMullan (as well as myself). We’ve also had amazing support from Young Henry’s who have kept our artists and lucky guest audiences from getting thirsty. We’ve got some amazing gigs in the Pipeline this year so follow Brooklyn at Hibernian on Facebook and head over to brooklynathibernian.com to stay up with the latest.
What’s the space like?
Hibernian House is an iconic Sydney artistic community in an amazing building in the heart of Sydney. It’s covered in amazing street art and hosts some amazing creative ventures. We’ve got a studio in there which I remain active with that is incredibly inspiring. The history of the building definitely inspires writing. Legend has it Kylie Minogue and Nick Cave hooked up on the roof many moons ago which surely must have imparted some funky music spell on the place.
What programs / instruments do you have there?
My set up is built around Ableton Live and my keyboards and guitars but Brooklyn at Hibernian has all sorts of amazing instruments built up from years of tenants donating things and lending stuff. We’ve got an amazing piano in there and some amazing amps that really give instruments a new life.
How does Brooklyn operate?
We focus on producing a unique and intimate live experience for our guests in the room and our followers online. We host artists we love so basically get to have artists we love drop in and play us a private show one night a week. We also are passionate about giving people who attend the view “behind the curtain” on how we produce the video content so guests can see our video consoles and watch our producers work. We survive by asking for support from the audience who attend and those who tune in online so the end result can save artists the couple of thousand it can often cost to pull together this sort of content.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
I’m a huge Jai Paul fan so his long awaited new stuff is on high rotation for me. I know leopard’s first album is absolutely amazing and everyone should make sure they at least listen to “everything goes with you” which is probably my pick of music released in 2019 so far. N.y.c.k. are also a band I hugely admire and they’re new song “LXE” is one of their best.
What do you like to do away from music?
My partner is still living in Sydney so my favourite thing to do right now is visit her when I can (so expect some long distance inspired music soon). I also work for an airline which means cheap travel, which is just as well because something I love. I love checking out music in new places which always tops up my inspiration levels.
Any secrets that you care to share?
I’ve been working on some new music with a great mate of mine and long time collaborator which I’m pretty sure we’ll be able to share with people later this year. Stay tuned.
What’s planned for the remainder of 2019?
I’ve got multiple releases planned this year both as Latchy and collaborating with others. I’ll be heading back to BIGSOUND this year. I had such an amazing time last year and met such amazing people. Hopefully I’ll see you there.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
Singapore has rediculous food in its markets and hawker centers but a place I am missing at the moment is Not Lee bakery for banh mi and hanging out in Collingwood. Such a great place for music and beers.