I chat with beat maker Luke Million ahead of Adelaide's Spin Off Festival in order to get his thoughts on the new festival and what he'll be bringing to the Silent Disco line-up he's a part of! Expect to be shaking your butts during his set, apparently!
What were your initial thoughts when the Spin Off Festival was unveiled, being from Adelaide and knowing what the live music scene can tend to be like?
My first thought was “isn’t it a bit cold to have a festival in July?” But the organizers were already all over that. I thought it was a great idea. So it had the thumbs up from me.
There's a lot riding on the success of this festival, in that, if it doesn’t meet ticket demands, there goes the potential to have such a festival in the city next year. With the line-up of Splendour in the Grass artists on the Spin Off bill, are you confident Adelaide can see it in town in 2013?
I think it is something great to have on the festival calendar. Not much happens this time of year in Adelaide, and if we can get a good selection of artists coming through, then I reckon this festival has legs.
Are there any artists on the bill you’re particularly keen on catching? The good thing about the set-up of this festival is that there’s only one main stage, so there shouldn’t be any darting about…
I’ll be taking a peek at most acts throughout the day and catching up with friends over a few beverages. Im actually looking forward to having a boogie of my own on the dance floor.
You’re going to be DJing at the Silent Disco, have you ever played in this sort of capacity before? They’re quite fun to be a part of, if you’re on the dancing end!
I am a Silent Disco Virgin. But I’ve seen people dancing their butts off at other festivals. It’s an awesome concept. Can’t wait to play.
Of course, the smash “Arnold” was all your doing; can we be expecting some of the new material and beats you’ve been working on to feature during your set at Spin Off?
There is a pretty good chance I may sneak some new material in amongst the goodies I plan to unleash to get everyone’s butt wiggling.
You’ve been doing some shows overseas – how have you been enjoying doing these solo gigs as opposed to taking to the stage as part of The Swiss? Are there many differences you’ve noticed?
I actually was on holiday with my parents, playing tour guide for them as we travelled across Europe. I snuck in a couple cheeky sets in Paris and Oslo and caught up with some friends from previous European adventures. It can get a bit lonesome playing a show just by yourself, but that is why I bring a synthesizer along to keep me company. There is always fun to be had, but isn’t it always better to share that with others?
Do you find the international market is easier to engage with in this present musical climate, as opposed to the Australian market?
I think the world is one big stage, and there is an audience for everyone. No matter where you are in the world… everyone needs to dance!
How far away is The Swiss’ album? The last I heard it was in the final stages of mastering…I know a lot of people are heaps keen for some new beats!
Close, very close. The album is mastered and we will be rolling out the first taste of it quite soon. It has been a long time coming, but I assure you it is worth the wait … well hopefully it is.
How’s your schedule looking past Spin Off? Will you be going overseas again for more shows or sticking around on home turf?
Well now with The Swiss album on the way, we will be turning out attention to touring our full live band. Later in the year we will squeeze in an Australian, European and US tour, and maybe a bit of Japan somewhere in there too. There will be a few Luke Million shows here and there, and I am really looking forward to Splendour.