Graham The Grand

by the partae
Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
I’m currently based in Melbourne, I’ve only checked out a few hip-hop gigs and a few artists like Austen, Story of the Year, Void of Vision that was epic. My favourite venue is 170 Russell. Really keen to check the scene out some more.
What influenced the moved from Brisbane to Melbourne?
Honestly, I just wanted a fresh start. I also don’t love the weather in Brisbane, I like it to be a bit colder. Plus being a little bit further from your family gives you that push to grind harder than you would initially.
How are you finding the change between Brisbane and Melbourne?
The change is hard. Making friends is hard and music connections even harder. It was harder at the start of the year but now because I had a job locked in it gave me more of a push mentally.
When and how did you first start producing?
I started wanting to produce music during grade 12 around 4 years ago, I just heard a song and connected with it so deeply. After that, I decided to pursue making music that would connect with people on a deeper level. But the music I made back then was very different to now ahah!
What equipment/programs do you use to record and play live?
At the moment I use Ableton Live 10, I have a Roland SPD-SX and I play with a Custom Fender Squire. Also for my microphone, I recorded my upcoming album using an Aston Spirit.
Your new single ‘Go’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting for ‘Go’?
My singles ‘hate/go’ are out now and the album will be out 2nd of November. ‘Go’ was written from a place of feeling like you know that the other person (you’re in a relationship with) is thinking of leaving you, but also hoping that they won’t.
Favourite track from the album and why?
My favourite track is ‘Pain.’, it’s a very close song to me and I wrote it in one day. It’s got a recording of my dad in it, he was diagnosed with early on-set Dementia and he can’t speak easily.
Where and when did you record?
My bedroom and garage, bouncing between Melbourne and Brisbane 4 times!
What did you find most challenging and rewarding within the creation of ‘Go’?
I guess when I first wrote it, it really surprised me how easy it was and minimalistic the production was. I sang it and it came out so naturally, playing it on guitar was super easy too.
What do you like to do away from music?
I love reading, taking film photos and admiring nature. I often try to find a national park and film birds.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
I’m digging the new album by The Amity Affliction at the moment!
What do you have planned for the remainder of 2018 going into 2019?
Try to settle somewhere and continue writing music, 2019 I want to start playing some shows!
Favourite food and place to hangout?
Bahn Mi (Vietnamese) and definitely a good bedroom environment or a studio.

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