What are you keeping busy with at the moment?
Settling in LA, touring and quite a few music projects mostly.
So tell me a little a bit about what Soundclash funding has done for you?
The soundclash funding has literally made this trip a possibility and has given me the opportunity to work with the label over here, push this project in the states and in addition, is making my album Tokorats come to life.
How are you finding LA, what has it done for your sound?
LA is a fantastic place. Alot of good peoples. A lot of fun. It's also very scary sometimes doing it on your own. It was a rapid transition of making these little tunes for my dog on my stereo speakers to performing at clubs like 'Low End Theory' and have it released on Stones Throw Records. The biggest thing I’m learning at the moment is making the songs translate to more people. With proper structures, singing (I just started lessons), better production etc. and not because i wanna sell out and make money... I just feel things are much greater if shared. Although with saying that, Tokorats is a big rebellious fiery emotional rollercoaster of an album.
I was told that someone said to you, ‘nothing will happen unless you put yourself out there and meet artists on your own and do some hustling.’ How true is that? Tell me about some of your experiences with this philosophy.
That is true. Jeff Jank the art director at Stones Throw told me that as I got here. Everything is very hands on. If you want a gig, to work with an artist or whatever you gotta go and grab it and accept whatever consequences. I’m a very awkward shy human being so the results have sometimes been pretty funny too. I’m about to move in with the DJ Gaslampkiller, and he's been a great friend and mentor who helped out on my last trip. He had many years of asking DJs just to give him five minutes and maybe I’m in a hip hop orientated circle, but there’s some elements of that still. How have you found the transition from producer to performer? Which do you prefer? When I was performing at the beginning of the year, I had the best fun at the shows. Especially at Laneway. Which is strange, because i was always so scared of it. But I like both 50/50 and just wanna figure out how to do both with other people in the mix.
Tell me about signing to Stones Throw, you’re their first Australia signing, that must have been pretty huge.
It's pretty surreal. I idolised these dudes and now every name has become a real person in my life.
You’re most noted for working with international acts, who are some of local artists you are planning/wish to work with?
I have been doing a bunch of remixes an collabs with a bunch of awesome Australian artist's like Avalanches, DZ Deathrays, Seekae (also recipients of the Australia council soundclash funding), Jonathan Boulet and Tre Samuels who is an amazing 13 year old vocalist from Melbourne who I believe will be a big star one day. The Avalanches was really cool too, I helped with two songs on the album and it sounds incredible!
Tell me a bit about your recording process, I imagine it’s very intricate.
It changes everyday. It usually starts with a silly idea like 'I wonder what it would sound like if kermit and missy elliot wrote a song together?' And then the actual recording process is a pretty intricate because before music I did paintings and drawings and always tried to get as much detail on the canvas, and it carried over a little onto music and made the DAW the canvas. Making sure every note and sound is like a brushstroke.
You’ve got to work with all these big names in music, who has been your favourite to work with so far and why?
Ha, I definitely couldn't choose a favourite. Were all just kids at recess trying to see how much fun we could have and trying to create something we think is fun.
How would you describe your sound to someone? From my own interpretations and findings a lot of people have called it simple and abstract, which are very conflicting terms, so what is your take on it all?
At the end of the day I’m just trying to create something fun, joyful and creative. I know my early stuff is quite out there, but I’m still finding my feet sonically to hopefully reach that goal of creating something fun, joyful and creative.