Tell us about yourself…
I played the saxophone for about nine years, then gradually production took over as my creative outlet. On the listening side of things my first musical love was the early ’90s trance sound – my next-door neighbour’s older brother used to play it all the time. I was only nine at the time and didn’t know where to find any of it so I’d borrow CDs off him every week. Since then I’ve always kept an open mind to music, listening to everything from Bloc Party to Boys Noize, Moby, Radiohead – I even had a little happy hardcore phase in there which we don’t need to get into, ha ha. These days I’m all about the experimental beatsy kind of stuff, guys like Shlohmo, Hudson Mohawke, Flying Lotus, Rustie and also some hip hop influenced heavier stuff like Baauer, Flosstradamus and TNGHT.
Who (or what) are your biggest sources of inspiration?
When I’m stuck for ideas I like to go surfing to clear my head. Being in a studio for hours on end can do your head in so it’s nice to get away from it all.
How important is music in your life and why?
If I wasn’t doing music, I’d be working a shitty part time job and doing a bachelor of arts degree. So yeah, pretty important.
How would you describe your debut album?
It’s something you can relax but also dance to. Being my first album I wanted to keep it sounding versatile. I didn’t want it to be pigeonholed into a particular genre or sound.
What is it you love about festivals?
I love festivals held in interesting spaces. Years ago I went to Laneway in Sydney that was held around an old university. That’s when I saw the xx play for the first time. I remember when they started out Jamie [Smith, the xx producer] played these massive bass notes and all the old wooden windows would rattle in the uni. Good times.
How does writing music compare to performing?
As an electronic artist, writing and performing are a completely different ball game. It’s strange because once I’ve written a song, I have to go all the way back and learn how to perform it live. Both are good fun – the more I perform the more I’m getting to enjoy it.
We imagine the last 12 months have been quite an experience… where do you think you’ll be in a year from now?
Chilling in a quiet beach side town in Portugal, putting the final touches on my second album.
What are you plans for the year ahead?
Next year’s going to be a big one – I’m literally non-stop touring from the start of Jan to the end of May through the US, Europe, UK and back home in Aus. Wheeew!
What can the crowds expect from you at Laneway?
New stuff, old stuff and possibly a little sneak peek of album number two!
Your most memorable experience performing so far?
My set at Splendor In The Grass was insane. I wasn’t expecting much of a crowd because I was on so early. Next thing I know I’m playing in front of thousands of people singing these songs I made in my bedroom.
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