by the partae

We chat with Max Jacobs..

Where are you currently based?

We’re currently spread across Sydney between the beaches and Newtown.

How did you first start playing music?

We’ll had different introductions to music at similar times in our lives. A common thread between us is that we picked up instruments pretty organically. None of our parents pressured us to be great or anything. I think that gave us the space to really enjoy it.

What’s been happening recently?

Lots and lots of making music. We’ve been recording and producing non stop recently only stopping to work on the show or shoot a video.

Your new single ‘When I Saw You’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting? 

Sonically this song was a bit of a melting pot. When we were writing the chords and guitar parts we were getting Coldplay-esque emotional pop, however once the drums, groove and some of the prod was in it started to sound super Justin Timberlake influenced. Lyrically the song is as authentic as a love song gets, it’s all just what Ellis was going through as we wrote it.

How did the single come about?

Like with a lot of what we write it came about completely by accident when we were just messing around with some chords. But once that initial idea started the whole song came together very quickly.

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

We recorded and produced the whole track ourselves at Nico’s place, that’s been the process since day 1. From there we head to 301 to finish the mix with Nicolas Mendoza and then hand it off to Jamie Muscat (ChunkyLuv) to do the master.

How did you approach the recording process?

Pretty organically. The demo started with Max laying down the main acoustic that goes throughout and then we built the prod around that. When it came time to do the final version it was already feeling pretty good, we just re recorded some guitars and tracked all the final vocals.

How did the concept for the music video come about?

The video was the brain child of Nico and the very talented Chris Lanzon. They dreamt up the concept inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’.

Where and when did you film?

The decision to make the vid was a little late in the picture. We were on a massive time crunch at the time so it was definitely a ‘make the best of the situation’ moment. We shot it in a garage last minute and then rushed home to have an edit sent off that night. We’re really happy with how it turned out.

Please tell us about the making of the music video:

Everyone in it are our actual friends who were kind enough to give us a day of their time with very little notice. We couldn’t have done it without them.

Who did you work with?

On the video we of course worked with Chris Lanzon, however on the song it’s self we worked with Jess Singleton (Sidney Rose). Jess is a killer song writer and it was awesome getting her perspective on the lyrics.

You’re playing – Thursday, 2nd December The Lansdowne Hotel Sydney Tickets – How di you prepare for live shows and what can we expect?

We’ve put together something really special for this show. We like messing around with the songs a bit live so getting ready for the Lansdowne has meant making sure we’ve got all that stuff down and ready to go. As for the best prep as an attendee? Learn the lyrics and be ready to sing.

Who are you listening to at the moment?

There’s always a bit of everything going around but some standouts at the moment are:

  • LANY
  • MUNA
  • Holly Humberstone
  • Phoebe Bridgers
  • Valley
  • Jeremy Zucker

What do you like to do away from music?

A lot of what we love to do revolves around music, whether it’s making music, listening to music, watching it live or hearing our friends make it. Outside of that we’re generally just hanging out or Ellis is at the beach.

Any new music on the way?

There’s always new music on the way.

What’s planned for the remainder of 2021 going into 2022?

Well next stop is the Lansdowne but we’ve just announced our tour for early next year which we’re really excited about. Other than that who knows, maybe another song before the end of the year? We’ll see.

Favourite food and place to hangout?

Our absolute favourite band outing is to head to Manly on a Wednesday night and get $2 wings and margaritas from El Camino. Can’t go wrong.


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