Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
Im based in London and work out of Tileyard studios. I love it here, its one of the main music hubs in the world so there’s always a steady flow of talented people to collaborate with.
How did you first start playing music?
I first started out as a drummer in Sydney, my father and twin brother are both musicians so there was always lots of music around me growing up. The first time I was in a professional studio was when I was about 7 , my father let me to record a song with his band and that definitely left me wanting to spend more time in the studio. I was so fascinated with all the gear in the control room and the funny thing was that the engineer was running an old school analogue studio completely blind!
You have worked with many artists, what do you most enjoy about the process of working with other musicians?
Ive been lucky enough to work with a range of different artists, I think what I like most is everyday is different and everyone has their own vibe so it never gets boring. Also I feel that I’m constantly learning new things or seeing things from a different perspective and almost everyone introduces me to a new amazing artist I’ve never heard of!
How do your collaborations usually come about?
These days sessions usually come about via my management or publisher, from there I just keep working with the people I click with.
How did you come to move to London and how did you go about embedding yourself within the London music scene?
Im originally from Sydney Australia where I was friends with a fellow producer/writer by the name of Tonino Speciale for a long time. Most years at Christmas he’d come back to Australia from the UK and we would play shows together and he would tell me about how different the UK scene is compared to Sydney. So I decided to take a trip to check it out and haven’t really left. Tonino definitely played a major role in introducing me to the network of people I have around me today.
How do you approach your solo music as compared to working with others?
When I’m working with other people its usually a mixture of all our visions for the song so theres usually lots of inspiration to draw from whereas when I work on the Manovski stuff I have so much freedom to create whatever I want I usually spend a lot of time trying out different versions of the song until one really resonates with me…. This often takes a lot more time lol.
How do you usually go about writing music?
As a producer I’m usually in charge of the music side of things however I do get involved with melody and lyrics where needed. I definitely prefer writing from scratch with people in a room as apposed to making a beat for someone to write on top of. This way all elements guide each other and were not confined by a set of chords or rules.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Loud Luxury ‘Body’ has been on repeat for a while!
What or who influences your sound and songwriting?
I definitely get influenced by whats hot at the moment , especially when it comes to production. When I hear something new and fresh it pushes me to try new approaches to getting sounds.
What do you enjoy about music?
The fact that it crosses all boundaries and is something that brings us all together … doesn’t matter where you are in the world if theres a good song playing on the radio people react to it!
What have you been working on in 2018?
Ive had an amazing 2018, have done lots of writing for other artists a few of which I’m not allowed to talk about yet but am very excited about!
What do you have planned for 2019?
Theres quite a few Manovski records in the works… some very cool collaborations both in the UK and USA happening in 2019!
What do you like to do away from music?
Usually the simple things in life that don’t require much thought…. Walking the dog, cooking, Netflix!
Favourite food and place to hangout?
For food it’s a tossup between Bombay burrito and Honest burger in Islington… to hang out its at home with my wife and newborn son ‘Sonny’.