Where are you currently based?
Mason: Sam and I live in Brisbane, Queensland Australia! Mason has a recording studio in Fortitude Valley so that’s where we make most of our music now. Before that it was mostly just bedroom stuff.
How did you first start playing music?
Mason: Sam and I met years ago back when we both lived in Townsville. We were both playing in bands up there and both recently moved to Brisbane. One day earlier this year I just asked Sam if he wanted to make a duo and everything just came together really easily. Sam and I’s production and singing styles complement each-other’s very well and it’s all been a great experience.
What’s been happening recently?
So much has happened for us recently which is crazy because it’s really just the start for us! We got our studio set up in Fortitude Valley and we instantly met so many cool people and started networking with others in the building. We also dropped our first single, ‘Pressure’ about 8 weeks ago which seems to have landed really well. We managed to get some triple J time with that track which was just great. Now we’re getting ready to drop our second single ‘South’ on the 12th of November! We’re super excited for this release and it will premiere on Triple J Thursday the 11th of November!
Your latest single ‘South’ is out on November 12, what influenced the sound and songwriting?
Mason: I had been listening to a lot of Dominic Fike at the time and just how a really good punchy pop song steals the attention of the listener. So I played around with a few chords one day, recorded them on my iPhone and demoed out the main riff. We’ve always gotta make sure that drums are big and punchy!! Then Sam came up with his awesome trap / hip hop drop with 808s and trap drums for the verse and it just changed the whole vibe up!
Sam: For the drop section initially we had quite a boring verse section, and we really wanted to change it up and bump up the energy. I really like chopping things up and making them sound crazy and irregular but still cool, so I got real experimental and this was the result.
How did you go about writing South?
Mason: We usually go about writing lyrics after we’ve produced the song. Sometimes this is not the best way to write a great story but it really works for Sam and I. I like to get around town with the song in my headphones and get to know the song and let inspiration come to me. I thought the happy song could be juxtaposed by some sad and angsty lyrics so the song is actually about unrequited love and how some things just weren’t meant to be despite feeling genuine love for that person.
Where and when did you record/produce/master and who with?
Mason: Most of the production was done in my home studio / living room with just me and Sam. We did all the production ourselves and had the track mastered with Steve Smart at 301 studios, who did an amazing job!
How did you approach the recording process?
Sam: We mostly like to have fun while we’re making music. Mason came up with the main hook, which one day we just riffed melodies over, and it eventually became the top line. Then a few days later, I randomly came up with another verse in a completely different style which we both loved! We usually work on our songs / projects independent of each other initially, which allows for the song to take a really unique flow and form, from both Mason and I’s unique tastes and production styles.
What programs/equipment did you use?
Mason: We both produce in Logic Pro however I am currently transitioning to Ableton for more accessible and live features. The main acoustic hook was recorded just with my iPhone, which surprisingly sounded heaps good and was able to be used in the final mix. The rest of the instrumentation was software drums and nice hooky electric guitars, plus some gentle synths in the background towards the end of the song. All in all it wasn’t an overly complicated process, but it’s simple and effective!
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Mason: I’ve been smashing 1300, Alive Longyu Gao and Aries. Very hyper-pop loving at the moment!
Sam: I’ve been listening to heaps of great music but a few favourites have been Ernest Rareberrg, Aj Radical, James Ivy and the new Amine album which slaps.
What do you like to do away from music?
Sam: I love to make films and spend time with my family and friends!
Mason: I love to learn languages and have been learning Spanish for a number of years and have more recently started studying Japanese again which has been great. I also love exercising, cooking ramen and playing with my Kelpie, Indigo!
What’s planned for the remainder of 2021 going into 2022?
We have heaps of amazing things planned before the year’s out. We have a really large back catalogue of music so we’re just figuring out the best way to go about releasing it. We’ll have at least one more single out before the end of 2021, and a new music video / single in January of 2022!
Favourite food and place to hangout?
Sam: I can’t go past good old mince and rice! But chicken curry and roti is also amazing <3. I love hanging out in my room or anywhere with a view.
Mason: Ramen. Hands down. My favourite meal. And my favourite place to hang out, is ramen restaurants. This is a well known fact amongst my friends.