Where are you currently based?
We’re from inner Sydney Australia.
How did you first start playing music?
Olive started playing violin at 5 years old and was in many orchestras/school bands, while I was a choir nerd. In high school we became band nerds that rebelled and dreamed of being in an indie rock band.
How did Egoism form?
So those two rebellious band nerds realised they had a really similar taste in music and decided that they could maybe sorta form a real band!
What’s been happening recently and how has your Covid experience been so far?
It’s been just busy with us recording, writing and producing this Ep as well as a whole bunch of other songs!
Your new single ‘Here’s The Thing’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?
We’re both very influenced by British pop, particularly trip hop but also some modern artists like No Rome and the 1975. Just the idea of chopping up these dirty sampled instruments and putting them over the top of an emotional guitar based song feels so exciting.
How did you go about writing Here’s The Thing?
Olive wrote the song as a reflection on a really hard time in their relationship. They had this sad melody and lyrics but decided to play it on top of this cool breakbeat sample they were obsessed with at the time.
You have an EP on the way, please tell us what we can expect:
A whole bunch of sad ass songs with good pop sensibilities!
Where and when did you record/produce?
It’s pretty darn DIY, cause recorded and produced pretty much everything (other than the drums) on this EP ourselves, at either Scout or Olive’s house.
How did you approach the recording/production process?
Our songs almost always start off as weird little demo on Logic that we’ll show each other before the other says “hmm, it’s good but keep working on it”. Then we tinker and tinker until eventually it’s ready to be mixed and mastered!
What did you find most challenging/rewarding during the creation on the EP?
Going into the production of each track we’d often have a really specific sound we wanted. So there was a lot of fiddling and trying wild stuff until we got the sound we were looking for. Matthew Neighbour mixed all the songs on the EP and honestly he’s a trooper for working with us to get it right.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Really loving the singles from the upcoming Vacations album, but other than that I’ve been on a bit of an electronic binge so mainly Four Tet.
What do you like to do away from music?
Olive has been really getting closer to their hipster roots by diving into the analogue photography world. I really love having a million other hobbies that I don’t take seriously nor get that good at (like baking, hand-sewing and gardening I’m terrible at them but they’re darn fun).
What’s planned for the remainder of 2020 going into 2021?
Oh definitely writing and recording more, hopefully playing shows and just trying to enjoy ourselves as much as possible.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
I can say with confidence that our fav food is definitely banh mi and fancy woodfired margarita pizza. And I’d say we both like to hang out at either a friend’s house or on a walk in a really pretty place.
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