Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
I am currently living in Sydney as of about a year ago. The music scene here is special, for starters I moved here from the Gold Coast where there wasn’t a whole lot going on so I feel spoilt here. It took me a while but I think I’m starting to discover all the those special spots and vibes that exist here sort of under cover. It’s so culturally diverse too so that makes for a real eclectic bunch of people making music together which will always result in cool music.
How did you first start playing music?
My wonderful mum bought me a guitar somewhere around grade 7 I think so start of high school. Best present I ever got and I’ve been hooked since.
How would you describe your sound?
I really don’t know how to describe it other than saying its sort of a concoction of very spacey, dreamy vibes with a good dose of jazziness to it.
Please tell us about your latest release which is a compilation of your early recordings:
‘Parkview Demos’ basically came to exist when I first had the urge to start recording the songs I was writing at home. I started off on garageband, bought myself the cheapest interface I could get my hands on and just started playing with it. The more I did, the more I started toying with the idea of just saying screw it and releasing these songs to see if anyone might dig what I was doing. I called them demos because that’s what they felt like to me at the time but it’s cool to have a good response to these songs.
You have an official debut EP in the works, what has influenced the sound and songwriting for this EP?
Yeah so with this new project I’m working on I’m taking a different approach to my writing and producing for one. While I was writing my last release I was listening to a lot of Bossa Nova and lyrically based music where as this time I feel it’s going to be more of a focus on the instrumentation and musicality. Been listening to loads of older west coast jazz, stuff like Chet baker and Bill Evans as well as getting into hip-hop which is something I never really focused on much before now.
Where have you been recording and how has the recording been taking place?
All my recording is done at home either at my desk or on the couch haha. Nothing special really.
What equipment and programs have you been using?
I use Logic Pro at the moment for all my recordings and some garage band for vocals. My guitar and synth stuff I record directly out of my amps and everything else comes from Logic.
How do you usually go about writing and recording music?
Most songs for me come from messing around on the guitar and sometimes keys. Once I have the general idea of what I want, I tend to start the recording process as early as possible. Once I have drums sounding good I just layer everything on top until I get the vibe I’m going for. The songs progressively just take shape that way and change most of the time into something completely different to the original idea which I like. From there it’s just a matter of letting that rest until I can nail the right lyrics to fit the vibe.
When do you plan for this EP to be released?
I’m planning for a release early-ish next year.
You’ve been staying very low-key in terms of gigging, I hear that you are focusing on honing your skills as a producer as well as musician, how has this process and progress been so far?
Yeah so my main focus recently has been to just get better at what I do in terms of production, I’ve still got a very long way to go to say the least but I feel that my sound has matured a lot after spending so much time on it. As well as that I really just wanted to take the time to be a better guitarist and I’ve started playing keys as well which I feel is adding another dimension to my sound.
Your in the process of forming your ideal band/crew, how has this been unfolding?
Having not been in Sydney that long its been slightly tough to find where my music fits in and where the people that are into the same stuff are. I know more people in the scene here now so think I’m well on my way to finding the right team.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Very into Puma Blue, Oscar Jerome etc. and the whole South London jazz but not jazz scene.
What do you have planned for the remainder of 2018 going into 2019?
Remainder of this year I think will continue focusing on finishing this EP and getting it sounding as good as it can as well as forming this band and getting prepared for next year. I’ll be looking to line up as many shows as possible to back up the new release.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
I’m loving my Chinese food right now paired with some tasty cold beer. Sounds lame but probably at home with my cat and my girl. That or somewhere by the beach is always a winner.