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Q&A w/ Retrograde

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?

I get in ruts all the time as a writer and the one thing I’ve learnt is not to force it. It’ll pass when it passes, so I try focus on other things until I have a lightbulb moment listening to other artists.

What are some of your earliest musical influences that have found their way into the music you’re currently making?

My biggest influence growing up was without a doubt ACDC. Playing a guitar solo like I did in You. Me. Sanity. was pretty left field for pop rock, I think that’s definitely my inner hard rock fan showing through!

Aside from other artists and music, what inspires you?

Outside of music pretty much all I do is read philosophy and cognitive science papers. I get as much of a charge off that as I do off hearing some of my favourite songs.

Most people ascribe to one idea or another about how the universe began, what do you reckon about it all?

Pretty big question! I’m sure we all ascribe to the Big Bang as being the starting point. That’s not to say our universe is or ever was all there is though!

What is the biggest challenge you have had to overcome as a band/artist so far?

Definitely how long it took us to be able to go live and release music. I have demos of our debut single dating back almost a year! I think it’s paid off though, it gave us a chance to find our voice and direction behind closed doors.

Recently, creating more diversity within the Aus music scene has been a high priority for event organisers and music curators everywhere, what changes have you personally seen and how have they affected you/your band?

I think it’s definitely something that’s only really been brought into my attention over the last 6 months or so. I guess I was ignorant to a lot of it for a while there, so it’s really cool now to see everything moving forward. I’d certainly love to make sure we as a band are as inclusive as can be. It’s all about growth on the individual and the societal level.

What’s the best show you’ve been to this year?

Austin and I went to see Everything Everything in January. I think the two of us at least would definitely agree that’s been the best.

Beatles or Rolling Stones and why?

Beatles for sure. There’s always been something unique and powerful in the way those guys write. They’ve never been scared to explore into all different instrumentation and styles. I’m also just a big fan of Paul’s solo career!

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

Zac Sunset – just dropped a killer first track

Arborview – Good friends with a lot on their road ahead. Watch them blow up!

ZVCVRIVH – A very close friend of ours. You can actually hear him in the bridge of our single doing the oohs and aahs! He’s got some great stuff on the way

Are you Pro or against streaming services and why?

Very much pro. Having that much music in the palm of our hands eliminates the monopoly that radio once had. We don’t need to be spoon fed the same 20~ songs day in day out anymore!