Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
I’m currently based in Bondi, Sydney! The music scene in my opinion fluctuates a fair bit. There is always a good live gig to go see throughout the week, however I find that these gigs can be quite restricted by time restraints and just general stringency. In saying all of that, I thoroughly enjoy living and making music over here, but hope to make a move somewhere overseas in the near future!
How did you first start playing music?
My thirst for playing music kind of began at high school. I had a few close friends at the time that were into the same music as I was, and then we would always just kind of jam in our free time. It wasn’t till after school however I started taking music a bit more seriously. I found myself writing something nearly every day and I was always spending the spare money I had on new instruments and music tech etc.
What’s been happening recently?
I have recently just released my second EP last week! This has been my biggest project to date however has only just spurred on my desire to release even more music. I’ve nearly finished my music degree at university and currently assessing my options! Other than that, I’m always spending my spare time at the beach, which basically gives me the rest to keep writing music and working!
Two years ago, you had heart surgery that left you with a pacemaker, how has your life been since this point onwards?
My life has definitely progressed in regard to my heart and the position it was in two years ago. It was a time which definitely taught me a lot of things, the biggest being how important my body is. Can’t really sing and make music if I don’t have a working heart!
You have a new EP out ‘Three Oh Three’ what influenced the sound and song writing for this EP and please tell us about the EP title?
The EP as a whole is quite diverse in its creation and end product really. There were songs on the EP which had a certain direction, yet others in which I just wanted to flow naturally. I’m really happy with the result in terms of all of that. The influence for the EP was a mixture between new artists to which I was listening to at the time, new/old relationships and just generally how my life was going at the time of writing.
Where and when did you record/produce and who with?
Initially all the recording for each song in the EP was recorded in my home studio. Most of these songs were recorded over a period of about 5-6 months. Obviously a lot can happen in this time so the recorded process would constantly change as the songs and their structures changed etc. Once I was happy with the first 3 singles for the EP, I took them to a studio in which I’ve been using for the past couple of years called ‘A-Sharp’. I’ve been working with a producer there (His name s Daniel Natoli) who’s been pretty integral in helping most of my songs flesh out and be as best as they can be.
What did you find most challenging and rewarding about creating Three Oh Three?
I think the most challenging thing about Three Oh Three were the reactions in which I thought I might receive. I think as artists we constantly feel we are under a tiny bit of scrutiny, and the thought that other people are in a sense, in charge of our success or failure. I think the challenging thing with this EP and any writing process to be honest is the struggle to keep these things apart, and just write where you feel the most love and natural instinct to be yourself.
You have shows coming up in September, where are you looking forward to playing and what can we expect from these shows?
I’m excited for any show really. I think these ones are particularly special because I get to play new music to the people that have supported me for so long. I think I’m most excited for my next show supporting Slum Sociable. I’ve listened to these guys for quite a while now, so it’s something I’m really excited to play.
What do you like to do away from music?
I like to keep fit and surf and exercise as much as I can. Other than that, I like to spend as much time with my friends and family as I can. I don’t think there’s anything more relaxing than spending time with the people that make you happy.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
It seems like I can’t really put Spotify down at the moment as there’s so much good music coming out. I’ve really been loving a band called Far Caspian. I’m a bit of a sucker for ambient guitars backed with a strong beat. Another band which I’ve been a massive fan of for years is Palace. A London based band, their music has always been sounds I’ve tried to really emulate. Still yet to see them live L
What’s planned for the remainder of 2019 going into 2020?
After all these shows are done for this year, I hope to release a new EP early next year, and then hopefully take my music overseas.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
I don’t think anything could really beat a decent burger for me. And I also don’t think I can go past a beach hang 😉