All artists go through periods where they seem to lack creativity, when you’re experiencing one of these phases, what do you do to get yourself out of it?
Write… just write anything. Even if it’s crap…. Crap is the best fertiliser. I find after a period of inactivity I need to write a few crap songs before the good stuff starts happening.
How do you think social media has affected the Australian music scene?
Social media is generally poisonous to human health. Dopamine should come from real world interactions and successes, not “likes”.
It’s an unfortunate reality of the music world in 2018… and it definitely effects the music. Being an artist is all about peeling back the layers, finding the most honest vulnerable version of yourself. Social media is all about layering on the bullshit so thick people cant see how normal and boring you really are.
Care to give us a gear rundown?
Im running a 2007 iMac, with a version of Logic from 2010. It barely connects to the internet and needs a hand crank to start, but I know it so well. I don’t often buy new gear, It forces me to be creative with what I have.
Most people ascribe to one idea or another about how the universe began, what do you reckon about it all?
If a tree falls in the woods… And no one is there to hear it… does it matter? I’m an extreme agnostic. Life is a joke with no punchline, an unanswered question, we exist in the waiting.
What is the biggest challenge you have had to overcome as a band/artist so far?
Sometimes just finishing music can be a Herculean task. The first 80% of track is usually written in the first 20% of the time. There can be a lot of mental acrobatics to get a song to that last 100%. Then you’ve got to break your ass just to get it somewhere where people can hear it… Which is a whole other journey.
How was your high school experience? Were you in a band?
After a few years playing in punk and metal bands I fell into a reggae/rockstready band that used to busk around Sydney, we’d make enough money to buy some weed and a bottle of rum and stand outside the bottle shop offering a bag of coins to anyone old enough prepared to buy us alcohol.
That’s my enduring highschool memory.
Does your music have consistent lyrical themes or do they change from song to song?
My music tends to carry a lot of political references. I’ve never been content with writing love songs, there are too many of those already in the world. I think it’s really important to go searching, go live some life and say something new.
What’s the best show you’ve been to this year?
Laurel Halo was pretty amazing. I love it when someone completely breaks the set and does something so risky.
Where are people able to hear your songs?
Are you for or against streaming services and why?
People can listen wherever they want. I’m old school though. I still buy 90% of the music I listen to as MP3s. The extreme convenience of streaming tends to devalue music, I also find myself much more discerning of music that actually shelling out money for. Nothing makes it into my iTunes library without being listened to first. I think that keeps the quality high, and keeps me connected to the music and artists I’m listening to.