Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
Perth! Home of the smiling Quokkas. I probably don’t go out as much as I should. Regardless theres always been good gigs on when I do head out and really good venues hosting. I feel the Australian music scene has suffered over the last couple of years and that’s somewhat present here in Perth too, and now artists are finding it hard to request ridiculous fees from this affluent city.
How did you first start playing music?
Mum and Dad felt my hyperkinetic behaviour was excessive and came to the conclusion that a drum kit would provide them some respite. Poor fools. That must have been year 6 of primary school.
Please tell us about your previous artist life:
COMMAND Q was my break out DJ duo. Let’s see, there’s so much to tell. The internet called us Dank bass music. It was full of meme culture, childish behaviour and great parties. Louis Frere-Harvey was in the duo with me. We did 5 national tours here and in New Zealand. Had people like Diplo and Skrillex introduce themselves and sign our tracks. Those were moments where we could barely contain ourselves.
COMMAND Q was one of the best times of my life. I had my favourite people around me, all helping each other bring the project forward. And Im still very close to those people who were a part of COMMAND Q behind the scenes.
There came a time though where the music felt less honest. I felt too pushed and was getting caught up in the machine of the industry. That’s why I took a step back to regather myself and fall back into what the music is really about. It’s so easy to get lost in the industry once you live and breath it.
How and why did Monsoon Moon come about?
Monsoon Moon came about from necessity. Something inside me was saying make this music!! And I couldn’t ignore it. It has pianos and melodies and moments where I can lose myself in the vocals. I wanted something deeper, something you can play in the car and the let the world drift away from you. With the same team that birthed COMMAND Q, we worked together one last time to create a second story for me. I can’t thank them enough for it.
What’s been happening recently?
I moved back to Perth just last November after living in England. Recently I’ve just finished a full length music video which took 2 months to complete. We have the next 5 tracks planned out over the next year. All we have to do is be patient, put them out there and promote ourselves! I suppose now is the time to start working on my live show eep!
Your debut single ‘Just Friends’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting for this track?
I was just searching for something that made me feel. And at the time I wanted to write a love song for someone special. You can hear the modern production with some experimental sounds bouncing about. The reality is the song was influenced by many many conflicting ideas and emotions and this is the result.
How did you go about writing Just Friends?
This song was a blend of many other songs and 100’s of sessions.The writing came mostly from exploring sounds. Once I find certain things that I like, I explore it until something tangible comes to life. And at some point, my incoherent singing forms melodies and becomes structured and then lyrics follow. The lyrics are always mapped to the song, and usually the last piece of the puzzle for me.
Where and when did you record and who with?
I record all the demos at home until I feel Ive finished them as much as I can alone. Then I take a quick trip to Melbourne to work with the award winning producer Joel Quartermain (eskimo Jo). We sit down in the studio together and go over my lyrics. Its quite important to the both of us that we nail them so this can take a long time.
Once we’re settled on the lyrics, we get to setting up the right microphone with the right settings for my voice and hit record. It makes the vocal process a million times easier having someone else do all the heavy lifting on the vocal production.
What programs/instruments did you use?
I stick to Ableton as my DAW of choice. The vocals are recorded in protools though.
When it comes to acoustic instruments, we have guitar in there, recorded snares and hihats.
The music software is where I really shine. However I use far too many plugins to begin listing.
How did you approach the recording/production for this track?
I wanted the song to translate easily. As I was mixing it and creating it, I want the listener to feel as if I was right next to them, and for the song to feel close and intimate.
I take the mixing and mastering very seriously and it was a difficult balance for these vocals to feel magical and surreal instead of dry and over powering.
Where can we buy/listen?
Everywhere! Or this link 😉 – lnkfi.re/2oUJpXZu
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Surprisingly Im listening to some throwbacks lately. Deftones, & Coldplays early albums. And uhhh Miley Cyrus’s latest EP is pretty good too.
What do you like to do away from music?
I recently got a girlfriend and that’s been pretty fun haha. Mostly I seek to relax. Keeping a healthy social life and a healthy body whilst maintaining a strong music career is hard work! My down time is Netflix in bed.
What’s planned for the remainder of 2019?
Although Im feeling impatient and would love to release all my music, it’s something that takes time. I have 1 more song release scheduled for this year and in the meantime ill be working on creating a new show.
Where are you playing next?
Any secrets that you care to share?
Monsoon Moon will be the first time I walk on stage alone. And it makes me feel a little uneasy.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
I live next door to Chu bakery and they make bullshit good baguettes. Weird thing is the bread is so hard and pointy its hurts your mouth but you eat it anyway because of the sheer deliciousness.