by the partae

Where are you currently based?

I’m currently based in Melbourne. All my recording, mixing and mastering is done in Melbourne as well!

How did you first start playing music?

I was enrolled in music lessons from a young age by my mum. I learnt piano in primary school, dabbled in some violin (which I was really bad at) and started some vocal lessons around age eleven. High-school was where I kind of realised my passion for music — I started doing live performance gigs through school, heaps of musical theatre too.

It just kinda went up from there I guess. 

I kept reaching for bigger goals and eventually found myself in a recording studio in 2020, and I just fell in love with all that comes with being a recording artist. It’s such a different environment, and the skillset in comparison to live performance is mental — it’s a whole other world.

What’s been happening recently?

I’ve been working towards my EP really. Conceptualising lots of different aspects to go alongside the music. My favourite part of creating and being an artist is thinking of visuals, graphics —all of it. There’s something so fantastic about bringing music to life visually, especially when it’s your own story. 

The tracks for the EP have been in the works since early 2021 and I’m so excited with the way it’s all shaping up. It’s truly just an audio representation of growth and experimentation. It means so much to me and I’m beyond excited for it to come out.. 

Your second single ‘get2going’ will be released on March 27, 2022, what influenced the sound and songwriting?

I was really into dance and hyper-pop, like ‘PinkPantheress’ type vibe when I wrote it. I wanted something sexy, fast and catchy.  It all really comes together when I’m in the studio with Ben—it just ties itself in a nice little bow. We just vibe, with loose intention and the end result is always exactly what I’d hoped for, I really don’t know how we do it to be honest. I knew I wanted the sound to be maximal, lots of layers, lots of stacks and heaps of little details that just bring the song together. I usually write a hook on its own or to a beat, then we just build from there.

How did you go about writing get2going?

I wrote the hook in my room kind of accidentally, just walking around my house humming this line about ‘waking up in heaven with u’, then without thinking too hard and it just slipped out and I was like oh.. that’s kinda cool

Then I just wrote a very loosely structured song in like 20 minutes to a plain Youtube beat. I didn’t really like writing with specific A,B structure or anything like that at the time, it definitely works, I just wasn’t digging it. I was more into — what am I trying to say, what’s my intention, and now let’s make it a song. 

I made a little demo in my room and sent it to Ben Oldland, and then that’s it. We jumped in, refined it and now it’s here! 

How would you describe the single?

I would describe it as a bratty, sexy little song. I don’t know where the attitude came from—I am definitely not that rowdy most of the time—but I think it really works.

I mean, what can I say? I like feeling sexy, I like doing things..

But one of the reasons I really love this single is because it was the first song I wrote and recorded that really felt like it was going in the direction I wanted artistically— I felt my previous single was a bit absent, like I wasn’t really myself. But that’s the best part about creating music I guess, each time you look back it’s exciting to see that kind of growth. And I love get2going, it just gives me a lot of confidence. I hope it can make other people feel the same, like being sexual isn’t shameful or dirty—it’s fun and flirty, it’s a part of living. 

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

I recorded this in 2021 with Ben Oldland—fantastic guy, and he produced it too. Got it mastered with Panorama Mixing & Mastering. I really love working with both of them, they understand the vision, and I’m never disappointed when I work with them.

Who are you listening to at the moment?

My friend recently showed me Teyana Taylor, and I’m absolutely loving them. ‘Issues/Hold On’ is definitely one of my favourite songs at the moment. But I really do love the classics, especially when I’m working. I love Nina Simone and Billie Holiday. God I love Billie Holiday.. But I’ll also forever love good funky music to put me in a good mood.. Tom Misch, Jacob Collier, all the goods!

What do you like to do away from music?

To be honest I’m never away! I’m on the bus listening to different albums to hear production styles, different vocals, different instrumentation, I really just can’t be away as weird as that is.

I do love the beach though. And eating out—that’s about it really.

What’s planned for 2022?

Finishing up the EP! Got some exciting details finalised the other day and it just fuels the fire you know? I love the whole process from writing the songs to every detail up until its out —and after!

But mainly, just the EP.. 

After it’s released I’ll start (hopefully) doing some live performances and getting into the swing of things, maybe a show here and there! 

Favourite food and place to hangout?

I’m just a brunch kind of person. So any good cafe that has excellent coffee, and a good like eggs benedict or brekkie burger and I’m set man. I’m good — that’s all I need.

I am a homebody though, and just super anxious in general so I really do love just sitting in a watching a movie or something with take away food. Give me dumplings delivered to my door with ‘Howls Moving Castle’ on the TV and you won’t hear from me, I’m good. 


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