Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
I’m based in the inner-west of Sydney, NSW. The music scene is complicated, fertile, independent and populated by extremely talented people. As you might know, there seems to be a disconnect between the local government and artists like myself when it comes to nightlife, culture, festivals, arts funding ect. Despite this I’m constantly inspired and fascinated by the sheer quality and talent of many of the artists that call Sydney home. I’ve always been bubbling under the surface with a fairly gorilla approach to events and music, It seems more important than ever that we continue to find spaces and fill them with experiences, stories and people expressing themselves.
How did you first start playing music?
My dad used to play Bass in a band when I was fairly young. There was usually a guitar sat around the house and at some point I thought I’d give it a go. One thing leads to another and before I new it I was recording crappy demos on a cracked version of cubase.
Your new single ‘Places People’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting for this track?
There tends to be a strong visual element to the way I perceive my music. I want it to feel alive. Often producers will look at a mix or sound as a static separation of elements. That approach is totally understandable when it comes to recording live music i.e guitar/ bass / ect . However electronica feels similar to animation. You’re almost limited by your imagination. I look the music as ribbons in space. They ripple, move emerge and dissipate. It’s like a reflection of energy, motion, movement, birth, death. That’s essentially what ‘Places People’ is about: feeling trapped between the pillars of birth and death while simultaneously looking at things as simply…energy I guess.
Where and when did you record?
I have a studio space that I cycle to most days. I feel very at home there. Took me a little while to build the wall / door but it’s looking pretty good these days.
You achieved some beautiful stereo atmospheric moving sound on this track, how did you go about achieving this?
Thanks! I’ll often have multiple synths weaving and morphing around each other. I’d say it’s a mixture of paying attention to frequencies, depth/ width of field and being open to changing these parameters over time and experimenting a bit. I tend to view each track as a moving thing so that helps.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Today: Chong the nomad, Snarky Puppy, Sophie, Selftape, Isy isy, Sparrows, Jaala
What have you been working on recently? I’ve actually been experimenting with drawing recently. Thought It might be fun to have a go at animating something, 822 scribbles later, my hand hurts. I’ve also been working on the install for an interactive sound work with Kieran Warner hunt at PACT theatre Erskineville for their salon called ‘Slurp’ for a work by the artist Vivienne Linsley. Also been putting together a new monthly intimate music event called “Arcadian Rhythms” at 1989, an awesome arcade bar in Newtown.
You have an upcoming EP, please tell us about the songwriting and recording process for this EP and what we can expect: Similar themes to ‘places people’. More motion, movement, sonic ribbons in space. Some catchy tunes, some weird tunes. You can expect a dynamic journey. Something worthwhile, Something only I could have made in that particular way (hopefully). The recoding process is fairly ephemeral and relative to each track but it’s all about translation and repurposing and staying limber. I was in a very transitional period during the recording process. It’ll be interesting to see how I look back on these once the dust settles.
You have a residency this March at Sydney’s famous 1989 Arcade Bar, how did this come about and what do you have planned for these shows? I thought it would be nice to use my residency at roll into something larger than myself and start fostering a bit more of a community for other local artists. It came about after performing at 1989 during newton’s King st crawl where live music essentially takes over Newtown. After a chat with the owner It seemed like a good idea to do more events like that. This month we’ve had Isy isy and Warner Hunt soon to be followed by Alon Ilsar of ‘The Sticks’ and Tru with me this Thursday.
I hear that you are also curating a monthly night through April – July at 1989 bar as well, can you give us a taste of what’s coming up?
Yes! I’ve started piecing together a new intimate music night called Arcadian Rhythms! After the last residency it’ll roll into a monthly event. We’re focusing on local emerging experimental electronica, synth pop, art pop and beyond! I’m big on unique intimate events so I’m looking forward to seeing it develop. We’ll also be dropping live session vids to document the good times.
I’ve got a some wonderful things bubbling away for future events but I’d rather lock in all the details before I go talkin’ about them. What I can confirm is an amazing vibe, wonderful people, an aural fizz of local talent that makes you feel happy to be here in every sense.
What do you like to do away from music?
Currently I’m enjoying drawing and noodling around with very basic animation. I also like to make videos, think pieces. Art stuff. I like listening to pod casts, walking around. My studio is great for just hanging out and catching up with friends, I like to do that when possible.
Any secrets that you care to share?
Nup, none, I’ll never tell. You can’t make me. We all made a pact. I was young and reckless. You can’t prove it.
What do you have planned for 2019?
Making things! More music. Hopefully some collaborations. Probably a broader approach to what kind of things I create.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
In the winter, Pho from PHD in Marrickville. In the summer, Camperdown park + Beer + sultans table falafel kebab with fresh Chill/garlic/hummus.