Brayden Sibbald

by the partae
Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?

I live in Dunsborough which is a three hour drive south of Perth. It’s a pretty small town, there’s a few great music venues and some good musos but because of the size I travel to Perth a lot to play – the music scene there is awesome and producing some world class acts at the moment.

You have an up coming EP, where and when did you record?

I recorded the EP over a period of about eight months from June last year to March this year, having scattered studio sessions when we could fit them in. I recorded at RADA studios in Perth with Matt Gio who was awesome to work with.

What influenced the sound and songwriting for this EP?

I get inspired by how I am feeling and what is going on around me in terms of songwriting. Sonically I get influenced by what music I’m listening to – for example after I did the first song, Matt (Gio) heard a bit of The Postal Service vibe, who I hadn’t listened to much. But I quickly became a fan of their interesting sounds and I think that was a definite influence on the remaining tracks.

What will the EP be called?

Float.

How do you usually go about writing music?

It differs depending on how I’m feeling, sometimes I write lyrics first and then try and work out the sonics around that or sometimes the other way around. For this EP I wrote all the demos onto an rc300 loop pedal before I took them into the studio but recently I’ve been writing on guitar and then building up.

How did you first start playing music?

I was always singing as a kid and my Dad started learning guitar when I was around 10 years old – I thought it was cool so I begged him to teach me, and kind of just went from there.

Who are you listening to at the moment?

I’ve just got really into ‘Modern Vampires of the City’ by Vampire weekend (such a great album), keen for their new stuff. Also been listening to The National a lot.

You have a single out at the moment called Float, please tell us what this track is about and how you came to write Float?

Float is a song about being able to get back up again, no matter how hard it is. I wrote it at a time when I was in a bit of a rut and I could see that other people in my life were too – it started as a bit of cathartic writing that I turned into a song.

You’ve transitioned from singer/songwriter to being an electronic musician, how and did this transition come about?

It was a natural progression for me, based on the type of music I started listening to and as a result was influenced by. I am also really into interesting sounds and production so am trying to get a bit more of that involved in my own stuff.

You are coming over to play your first shows in Melbourne and Sydney, what can we expect?

Yeah super pumped! I’ll be playing songs from the EP as well as a few others. My live show is a solo set up with a loop pedal, synth, sample pad and guitars. I’ve got some awesome supports too!

How do you prepare for each live show?

I usually just chill out on the day and not rehearse. l take a few minutes before I go on stage to get in the right frame of mind –  once I’m on stage and I start playing I get into a different zone where I’m totally immersed in the music.

What do you have plannned for the remainder of 2018 going into 2019?

I’ve been writing a bit recently so after the tour I’m going to do a bit more of that and then it won’t be too long before I’m back in the studio.

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