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Interview – Enerate

Who are you and what are you doing here??

Hi! I’m Josh from Enerate. I sing, write and produce, and also play guitars. I just directed our Interactive Visual Album ‘Good Times Airlines’ which comes out November 16th. Basically our debut record comes out an app for your phone, with interactive music videos for each and every song. We’re pretty stoked on it! There’s games, multi tangent storylines, alternate endings etc. There’s this one clip where you can change our age, it’s so fun. There’s always something to play with!

When did you know you wanted to pursue music as a career?

I can remember it vividly. I was about four or five years old. My parents were taking me to see my uncle play in his band. And I was up all night the night before. I couldn’t sleep. I was just way too excited. The next day I saw the gig, and It was the most mesmerising thing I’d ever seen/heard. and I just knew.

How would you describe your music?

We’ve been going with the term ‘video pop’ lately. As we hone our craft the music and the visuals just blend together more and more. It’s like, they have to go together. I’ve always been in love with music videos. They’re my favourite medium. You can tell this whole story in three and a half minutes, it’s bliss. I suppose at the heart of the music, our sound is quite synth pop. We blend tight electronic synths with more organic rhythms, and a lot of group vocals, because it’s fun to sing with friends.

If you had to choose one song that best describes your band what would it be?

I guess it’s always changing as we grow as a band, but I would say our current single Transit Lounge. It’s positive, moving, big, has a killer fun guitar solo, and I think it’s all of our favourite to play live at the moment. It’s got to have a good hook. I love pop music, and with every Enerate song we just try to make it as catchy and hooky as possible. In Transit Tee was recording her vocals, and after her take the mic captured her saying ‘done’… and we sampled it and now that’s the main hook in the song! Haha it’s great the stuff you stumble on accidentally.

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

I enjoy nerding out and making my own instruments. I grew up playing guitar, but then got more and more into electronic music. So I came up with a plan to design and build an instrument that did exactly what I needed it to. And she’s called the ‘Electro Foxxxy Girl Deluxe’. She’s the best. It’s now my most used instrument. It’s essentially a fender squire strat that I hollowed out, mounted 12 drum pads in the body, and put in 24 midi buttons running up the neck! I built it in a way that I can control anything in the bands ableton set from right there, without looking at or touching a computer. It’s so dynamic, can load any sound or sample into it, and I can run around stage with it. It’s my dream instrument!

Where are people able to hear your songs?

The Enerate App comes out for iOS and Android on November 16th, but the album also will be available in all the usual places. Spotty, Apple Music, Soundcloud Etc. Right now you can check out the Prerelease of our single Transit Lounge on triplejunearthed.com/enerate and we’re about to do a one-off cassette tape for a lucky competition winner… With the album artwork that I’ve drawn very badly by hand!

Are you playing any shows anytime soon?

We’re playing our Interactive Visual Album launch party at the MTV Studios in Sydney which will be dope! This app/album has been a long time in the making, so we’re ready to celebrate and have a boogie. We’re locking in a string of shows in the new year for the east coast.

What is your proudest moment/greatest achievement as a musician?

It was finishing our first album – and then holding it in my hands. It’s been a beast trying to firstly create an album, and then diving in and coming up with seven interactive music videos, and then trying to figure out how to actually make them come to life! We did it with the help of the amazingly talented Seb Lecocq – developer extraordinaire. It was literally years of songwriting, shooting videos, editing, post, writing code, figuring out why it wouldn’t work, back and forth. But we got there. And just to sit there, hold a physical work of music in my hands, that I could touch, feel, look and listen to. That was just lovely. We’ve created something I’m so proud of. I’ve never seen anything quite like it out there yet. And I think as we move forward more artists will want to release albums in this way, and that’s super rad to think about.

Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?
Oh man, I don’t think they’re easy to miss, and you’re probably already listening to them, but I still can’t stop listening to Francis & The Lights, I’m lovvvvving Infinite Bisous and their record W/ Love, and the new Jonti record Tokorats is just ammmaaazzzingggg. Oh man, those three albums. Just repeat all day. Yes.

Anything Else you’d like to add?

Hi mum! Next week when the album’s out I’ll be getting more sleep, I promise x