I guess it’s easy to be influenced by the people around you, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing. But I think figuring out where you fit can never be a calculated thing. You’ll fit where you fit! And if you’re good, you’ll stand out.
We’ve known each other since we were about 13 or 14 and first collaborated in 2009. I asked Reija to sing on a track for my debut EP that was released on Skream’s label, Disfigured Dubz. We’ve come so far from then (not just geographically!) and I have to say it’s a pretty special and solid project. I can’t imagine any better situation than working with my best friend. I guess to answer your question - it’s good.
Q. And London… several artists and opportunities for exposure, but one can also get lost in the sea of talent. How do you make a statement to ensure that people remember your name?
I think Australian electronic artists in general are kind of killing it at the moment. It’s amazing to see a buzz in London about artists from back home. I definitely feel like I’m going to become aware of a whole collection of new exciting artists when I tour there with Reija Lee in October. I toured there with Feadz a couple of years ago and everyone kept talking about Flume. I was like “who is this Flume character?!” He was already getting a lot of support on radio (Triple J’s hottest 100 was on at the time) which was a big change from what was typically popular in Australia – perhaps this was encouragement for other artists doing a similar thing – or simply shone the light on them. I’ve been going on about Ta-Ku for years and he’s finally getting the credit he deserves!
Q. You were born in Australia, a country that is now exploding with talented female electronic artist. What is it that makes that place such a pool for ladies like yourself?
Q. You’ve done a lot of work alongside Reija Lee. How did the relationship strike up and what’s it been like working together?
"You'll fit where you fit! And if you're good, you'll stand out..."
I grew up in a mud brick house that my dad built in the south west of Australia. It’s basically in the middle of nowhere. My parents bought me a cat so that I had company when they were working. That cat was called Wettex – which is the title of a song I made with Feadz. And Cashmere Cat remixed it, which I think is pretty perfect.
Q. Your music style has many diverse reaches that makes it hard to place it in one genre. How would you classify your music and do you have further intentions of experimenting even more?
Q. Leave us some inspirational words
I have all intentions to continue experimenting! I like that people find it hard to classify my music although I do wish I found it easier to describe it in interviews.. I think I’ll always be making electronic music. What I do with Reija I would almost call a pop project – it’s just influenced by a lot of underground electronic music and also R&B and hiphop.
Interview by Keran Look Loy
Q. Any upcoming projects before the end of the year?
I can’t actually believe we’re talking end of the year already.. That always happens! It always creeps up on you! September is studio month and then I’m doing an Australasian tour with Reija Lee for the whole of October. Then the Mad Decent Boat Party is in November, which is going to be mental. And besides that I’ll just be in the studio, as usual!
Photo: Kaitlin Christy
Q. Which artists have really inspired you throughout 2014?
I’ve been really inspired by the stuff SOPHIE has been doing this year. Also Redhino’s new album sounds amazing.
I’d love to work with Lido, The Dream and Switch!
Q. Which artists would you like to collaborate with in the near future?
Q. Tell us a fun fact about yourself
My words of advice to anyone out there aspiring to be a music producer or artist: go as far as you can without signing a contract with anyone. Be as free and in control of your project as you can be! And never stop raving - go get wasted in a club and remember why you wanted to do this in the first place. I need to take my own advice more often.
"I need to take my own advice more often"