Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
Marrickville is my hood. I feel like it’s the last great chance for poor creatives to do anything in the inner city area as it hasn’t been overrun by apartments yet. It’s great and i work out of a studio that houses 5 other producers and constantly has musicians and writers everywhere. It’s a great spot to just talk to people and suss out their vibes. Other then that, there’s a few live spaces around the area and it’s just crawling with musicians. I feel it’s indie garage rock vibe mainly.
How did you first start playing and writing electronic music?
I had a change of heart on music in general through Uni. I was into awful music, and funnily enough i attribute it to a uni lecturer and some friends. They showed be music by The Notwist, DNTEL, Radiohead (Obvs) + a ton more and once i hit that i never turned back.
How would you describe your sound?
Techno (it’s not but that’s what i tell everyone when they ask me)
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Weval, Rival Consoles, Kiasmos, Vesles
Your debut EP ‘complex’ is coming out on Nov 23 via Liberation Records, what influenced the sound and song writing for this EP?
So many things. My love for out of tune synths and weird rhythms. My leaning towards darker tonalities; harmonically anyway. My internal dialogue and my growth as a human. Finally finding a sound that worked for me after countless years of exploring.
Please tell us about how the recording of the EP came about and the process that was involved?
Generally, it starts in my studio with all my analog synths. It will start with a basic sequence or beat generally. I will try some displacement of the rhythm and playing in some live drums to create a feel i’m happy with. Generally i’ll know if i’m into it by then, then i’ll start jamming on chords and melodies. I record everything as if it was the final take as i go (because it’s generally the right thing for the vibe). I’ll run my vocals (of whoever is singing) through various loopers and rhythm ‘creating’ programs to see what i can find. I think try to piece it all together and work on it over a few weeks whilst touring for other artists.
What programs / equipment did you use to record and write ‘complex’ ?
I use Ableton. I use a Prophet 08, Juno 60, Moog Sub Phatty, Minituar, Vintage Quad 8 Pre amps, a beaten up drum kit from the 50’s and various delay pedals, plugins and mics.
Did you collaborate with any other artists?
Yes, E^ST, Ric Rufio and Dave Jenkins Jnr ( Not A Boys Name)
Where and when did you write and record?
Somewhere between my studio in marrickville at the end on 2017 through to about june 2018 and all places in-between whilst touring australia and the US.
Do you have a favourite track from the EP? If so, which and why?
Not Broken. It started the whole ball rolling for this project. I remember writing the first 2 minutes burning a CD and listening to it on my discman (jokes) as i walked then caught the train home. I couldn’t stop listening to it, i knew i had discovered the sound and i couldn’t of been more excited. It was the simplicity of the pattern and the cross rhythms + it’s my voice on it.
How would you describe ‘complex’ ?
A twisting journey that navigates the inner workings of my mind. (and some stories of others) Pulsing beats and synths falling in and out of tune and sync with each other that find peace in the overall picture.
What do you have planned for the remainder of 2018 going into 2019 following the release of ‘complex’?
I’m putting together the live show slowly, i want to do it authentically and play a lot of stuff by myself or with a band that i’ve shown in a few live videos. It’s taking a long time to put together but once i’m there i’m hoping it’ll be worth it. I’m playing for Vera Blue, Wafia, E^ST and Eves Karydas to close out a busy year. Plus i have about another 5-7 tracks in the work that i’m trying to have done by the end of the year.
Where will we be able to purchase/listen to ‘complex’?
It’s on all the online services. BUT, you can pre order the vinyl from jb hifi right now. Link/plug below!
What do you like to do away from music?
I’m an avid Hoops enthusiast, if i’m not playing, i’m watching the NBA or reading about it. Try me on my basketball history…
Favourite food and place to hang out?
So many… I’m a massive coffee snob. So i’ll list my current favourite cafes serving batch brew coffee.
Sample Roasters (Batch)
DBL Tap (Batch)
Coward Corner (Batch)
TwoFives (pour over)
Two Chaps (Batch)
Roastville (pour over)
The Shortlist (post basketball long black)
And so many more… but i won’t go on.