I KNOW THE CHIEF X JAMO

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What is your name and role within IKTC? My name is James Freeman, In the studio I’m producer/engineer/songwriter for IKTC - In a live setting I’m in charge of Vocals, Guitar, Synths and a MacBook Pro. Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there? Currently based in Melbourne, which in 2018 was named the live music capital of the world. Incredibly diverse live music scene full of amazing bands/artists, you can pretty much see any type of band you want on any night of the week. Please tell us a bit about IKTC: IKTC are a 3-piece Psychedelic Synth Pop band based out of Melbourne. We’ve been writing/releasing music and playing shows for about 6 years. What have you been working on recently? We recently filmed and released a video clip for “Jeff Goldblum’s House” - the opening track off our latest EP. Since then new music is in the works, there are a bunch of new ideas and demo’s working towards new singles/EP releases throughout 2019. Who are you listening to at the moment? In preparation for going to L.A in June/July I’ve been diving back into bands like Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Harmonies to die for. How do you usually go about writing music? I don’t really have a formula or method I stick to when writing, songs come in all different ways. A lot of the time tracks will start out as 15 - 30 second instrumental loops that are then fleshed out into more substantial ideas with melodies and arrangements but I actually prefer when the lyrics come first, it always seems to feel bit more real. Your track 'Jeff Goldblum's House' has been remixed by Jamo, how did this track originally come to life and what is it about? The song started in an airbnb in Byron Bay between shows on an east-coast tour of Aus, from there it was worked up over a number of months leading up to the release of the EP. It’s about being made starkly aware of your own existence and the accompanying undeniable fact that you might have to kill off parts of yourself that your’e attached to if you want to move forward in life. Where and when did you record? This EP was worked on in a number of different ‘studios’ throughout 2017/18 (only one of which being an actual studio). From the Airbnb in Byron Bay to a house in Apollo Bay I converted into a studio for a month, the writing process was spread over many locations. The main production, tracking and mixing took place at a Studio just west of Melbourne that I was lucky enough to help build over about 10 years and now produce/engineer out of. Big Sky Audio is the studio - owned by Neil Gray - who’s a dear friend of the band, a great engineer and also the father of our drummer. How did Jamo come to remix 'Jeff Goldblum's House' ? JAMO is a label pal of ours on Onelove records - we dug his production and were stoked he was keen to put his spin on one of our tracks. What do you think of the remix? Let’s just say we can’t wait to slot it into our DJ sets. What do you like to do away from music? Get outdoors in nature Plans for the remainder of 2019? New music throughout the latter half of the year, spending a few weeks in the states in June/July and can’t wait to get back on stage after a few months off live shows. Any secrets that you care to share? Pretty sure the earth is not flat… could be wrong though #lookintoit Favourite food and place to hangout? Favourite food - Nonna’s homemade pasta. Place to hangout - Nonna and Nonno’s farm with a plate of homemade pasta.   JAMO   Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
-  Currently I’m based in St. Andrews Beach on the Mornington Peninsula. The music scene down here is mainly local bands, which can be some fun. In the summer things get a bit busier with a bit more dance music.
 How did you first get into music and remixing? I first got into music production when I was 16, I started out by remixing then also as that was the best way for me to learn the music software i was using.
 Who are you listening to at the moment? At the moment I’ve been loving NxWorries, Chaos In The CBD, Big Words and Mildlife.
 Please tell us about your own music, how do you write, record and what or who influences your sound and song writing?
 With my own stuff I like to get super creative with samples and real instruments. I find my best work is from those ‘happy accidents’ which is when you make a completely new song with opposite intentions to what you had before the studio session haha.. My sound has stylistic influences from a lot of dance music heavy weights such as Hayden James, Rufus Du Sol, Set Mo ect.
 What do you look for in a track before you decide to remix it? I look for a strong top line melody. most of the time I’ll only use the vocal or synth line in a remix and re-create the bed track. How do you approach the remixing of a track? I don’t actually have ‘one’ way of approaching a remix, its different every time. What do you like to do away from music? Surfing! It keeps me fit and healthy and have done so since i was young. Which artists are you digging at the moment? I recently saw Billie Eilish and G-Flip at GTM and really loved their sets. They’re at the forefront of my mind at the moment. What do you have planned for 2019?
-  Heaps! Plenty shows in the pipeline and I’m so excited to release the music I’m sitting on for this year. I also have a Euro trip planned in August.. (HMU). Gonna be a big year!
 What programs/equipment do you use? I use Ableton live 9 as my DAW on my MacBook pro and have instruments - OB-6, Moog Minitaur, Korg ms-20, Rhodes mark 1, Fender Telecaster. My interface is the Fireface UCX and my studio monitors are the Focal Cms 65’s. Favourite food and place to hangout? I’m a big mango lover! But have been loving my frozen berries on my muesli recently..  Chapel Street in Melbourne would have to be the place to be.

What is your name and role within IKTC?

My name is James Freeman, In the studio I’m producer/engineer/songwriter for IKTC – In a live setting I’m in charge of Vocals, Guitar, Synths and a MacBook Pro.

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

Currently based in Melbourne, which in 2018 was named the live music capital of the world. Incredibly diverse live music scene full of amazing bands/artists, you can pretty much see any type of band you want on any night of the week.

Please tell us a bit about IKTC:

IKTC are a 3-piece Psychedelic Synth Pop band based out of Melbourne. We’ve been writing/releasing music and playing shows for about 6 years.

What have you been working on recently?

We recently filmed and released a video clip for “Jeff Goldblum’s House” – the opening track off our latest EP. Since then new music is in the works, there are a bunch of new ideas and demo’s working towards new singles/EP releases throughout 2019.

Who are you listening to at the moment?

In preparation for going to L.A in June/July I’ve been diving back into bands like Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Harmonies to die for.

How do you usually go about writing music?

I don’t really have a formula or method I stick to when writing, songs come in all different ways. A lot of the time tracks will start out as 15 – 30 second instrumental loops that are then fleshed out into more substantial ideas with melodies and arrangements but I actually prefer when the lyrics come first, it always seems to feel bit more real.

Your track ‘Jeff Goldblum’s House’ has been remixed by Jamo, how did this track originally come to life and what is it about?

The song started in an airbnb in Byron Bay between shows on an east-coast tour of Aus, from there it was worked up over a number of months leading up to the release of the EP. It’s about being made starkly aware of your own existence and the accompanying undeniable fact that you might have to kill off parts of yourself that your’e attached to if you want to move forward in life.

Where and when did you record?

This EP was worked on in a number of different ‘studios’ throughout 2017/18 (only one of which being an actual studio). From the Airbnb in Byron Bay to a house in Apollo Bay I converted into a studio for a month, the writing process was spread over many locations. The main production, tracking and mixing took place at a Studio just west of Melbourne that I was lucky enough to help build over about 10 years and now produce/engineer out of. Big Sky Audio is the studio – owned by Neil Gray – who’s a dear friend of the band, a great engineer and also the father of our drummer.

How did Jamo come to remix ‘Jeff Goldblum’s House’ ?

JAMO is a label pal of ours on Onelove records – we dug his production and were stoked he was keen to put his spin on one of our tracks.

What do you think of the remix?

Let’s just say we can’t wait to slot it into our DJ sets.

What do you like to do away from music?

Get outdoors in nature

Plans for the remainder of 2019?

New music throughout the latter half of the year, spending a few weeks in the states in June/July and can’t wait to get back on stage after a few months off live shows.

Any secrets that you care to share?

Pretty sure the earth is not flat… could be wrong though #lookintoit

Favourite food and place to hangout?

Favourite food – Nonna’s homemade pasta.

Place to hangout – Nonna and Nonno’s farm with a plate of homemade pasta.

 

JAMO

 

Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
Currently I’m based in St. Andrews Beach on the Mornington Peninsula. The music scene down here is mainly local bands, which can be some fun. In the summer things get a bit busier with a bit more dance music.

How did you first get into music and remixing?
I first got into music production when I was 16, I started out by remixing then also as that was the best way for me to learn the music software i was using.

Who are you listening to at the moment?
At the moment I’ve been loving NxWorries, Chaos In The CBD, Big Words and Mildlife.

Please tell us about your own music, how do you write, record and what or who influences your sound and song writing?
With my own stuff I like to get super creative with samples and real instruments. I find my best work is from those ‘happy accidents’ which is when you make a completely new song with opposite intentions to what you had before the studio session haha.. My sound has stylistic influences from a lot of dance music heavy weights such as Hayden James, Rufus Du Sol, Set Mo ect.

What do you look for in a track before you decide to remix it?
I look for a strong top line melody. most of the time I’ll only use the vocal or synth line in a remix and re-create the bed track.

How do you approach the remixing of a track?
I don’t actually have ‘one’ way of approaching a remix, its different every time.

What do you like to do away from music?
Surfing! It keeps me fit and healthy and have done so since i was young.

Which artists are you digging at the moment?
I recently saw Billie Eilish and G-Flip at GTM and really loved their sets. They’re at the forefront of my mind at the moment.

What do you have planned for 2019?

Heaps! Plenty shows in the pipeline and I’m so excited to release the music I’m sitting on for this year. I also have a Euro trip planned in August.. (HMU). Gonna be a big year!

What programs/equipment do you use?
I use Ableton live 9 as my DAW on my MacBook pro and have instruments – OB-6, Moog Minitaur, Korg ms-20, Rhodes mark 1, Fender Telecaster. My interface is the Fireface UCX and my studio monitors are the Focal Cms 65’s.

Favourite food and place to hangout?

I’m a big mango lover! But have been loving my frozen berries on my muesli recently..
Chapel Street in Melbourne would have to be the place to be.

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