by the partae

Where are you currently based?

I’m currently based in the inner west. Gadigal land.

 How did you first start playing music?

We had a piano at my childhood home that I’d just baby hammer fist on some random notes and laugh at. I remember one evening my father played the Beatles song “Let it Be” when I was four and I was incredibly fascinated. He taught me for the first couple of weeks after that and then he decided to put me into piano lessons, the rest is history.

 What’s been happening recently?

Lockdown . Gigs and sessions have cancelled so I’ve just been getting into a nice routine for my wellbeing . A fair bit of meditation , working out, creative writing, drinking and playing video games with my roommates.

 Your new single BÉSAME is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?

The sound is pretty much a culmination of what I was listening to at the time which was a lot of Blood Orange, Frank Ocean, Mac Ayres and Bryson Tiller. The songwriting was influenced by one of my past relationships, it all just poured out one evening.

 What influenced the sound of this single and your upcoming EP?

I love trying to make something different each time, whether it’s through different instrumentation or weird effects. I collated some songs I had a vibe on and they all sound different yet they are all embedded in the same DNA and have a cohesive theme

 How do you usually go about writing music?

It’s never the same. Sometimes I recycle old songs and make a Frankenstein version, which could be quick or extremely crafted and slow. Other times I just catch a vibe, hear something and finish it quickly on the piano or guitar.

Where and when did you record/produce/master and who with?
Bésame was recorded last year (2020) during lockdown. It started off with me messing around on that guitar lick at 2am, then I took it to my producer’s home studio once lockdowns were lifted. (Yianni Adams from Kyoshi). Sent it to Mr Clark Sims aka “Funk Father” from San Francisco who helped with the bass and my friend Elsa Parker who recorded beautiful backing vocals. The mix and Master was done by Hatch, a local legend. It also features a voice message sample by my friend Monica from California.
How did you approach the recording process?

A whole bunch of trial and error.

 Who are you listening to at the moment?

Currently I’m bumping lot of Jai Paul, Steve Spacek, Milan Ring, Flwr Chyld and anything from My Analog Journal.

 What do you like to do away from music?

I love working out, FaceTiming my friends chilling with my dog, reading and listening to audiobooks. I’m into to this audiobook called PIMP: The Story of My Life by Iceberg Slim. It’s ice cold.

What’s planned for the remainder of 2021?

Plans seem to change radically, so I guess I’m just going to stick to my health routine and release some more tracks.

Favourite food and place to hangout?
Pho, which is a Vietnamese noodle soup, that’s made by either my Mum or dad. My favourite place to hangout is probably on my balcony.

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