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Interview – Circle

Stream Circle’s new single ‘Thylacine’ below.

Who are you and what are you doing here? (what is your name, what is the band and what is your role in the band?)

I’m Radi and I’m in the band Circle. Circle has evolved a little since our release of The Middle in 2012 and it’s a little more of a production project now. A lot of the material lives in our studio for weeks or months on end and we tinker away until we’re happy. Having a space to work from is great, it also opens up opportunities of working with other bands and artists.


How did the band start?

I released a solo EP and an album under another name (Opanoni) and decided it was time to try and tour the material. After the band was assembled a new sound emerged and even though we adjusted the name to Opanoni and The Raindrops, it still wasn’t quite right until it was Circle.


How would you describe your band?

We’re a rock band from Enmore who use the studio as our main instrument. We try to serve the song rather than have a particular sound. It’s very loop based and can seem electronic at times. Maybe we overcook it who knows haha! We know when it’s shit and we know when it’s good; at least we think we do. Hopefully someone else out there agrees.


 If you had to choose one song you’ve written that best defines your band which one would it be?

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots by The Flaming Lips.


In this day and age where anyone is pretty much able to pick up an instrument, what would you say sets your band apart from the rest?

I’m pretty sure people have been picking up instruments since the beginning of time. Sticks, drums, flutes and strings. We’ve always been drawn to making a beat and making sounds and adding our voice to those sounds. Music and our drive to create it is as ancient as we are. I think what may set us apart is not being attached to any particular scene or genre. We use the studio as an extension of our creativity and try to serve the song as opposed to feeling it has to sound a certain way. Having said that, the bands and producers I admire most also fall into that category.


Where are people able to hear your songs?

The Monday Records Soundcloud is probably the best place at the moment.


Are you playing any shows anytime soon (if you live outside of Australia, do you have any plans for a trip down under)?

No shows planned just now but that may be something we’ll need to work on.


Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?

Owen Rabbit is a great Melbourne based artist who I think has more than one major hit in him. He’s solo and can bring his full sound anywhere he goes. His work is really warm sample based electronic stuff that he sings to. It gets filthy and glitchy at times but never strays from being heartfelt. Pikachunes who’s also from Melbourne is the same although maybe a little poppier. He’s also one to look out for. His live energy is amazing! I think I’ve become drawn to these solo dudes because Circle might have to try that at some point. Wells is another band that comes to mind who I’m sure will see big things. They’re from Sydney and I’ve had the pleasure of playing keys with them from time to time. Alastair is a true singer songwriter and never lets the music get in the way of the story. It means the songs are sometimes long but I can’t wait to see him hit his stride and have something stick. Sometimes it’s all about timing.


Anything Else you’d like to add?

Be nice.

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