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Review by Bridget Hustwaite Bridget Hustwaite

28 Jul 2017

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YES GIRL, TAKE MY MONEY LIKE THE ATO. TAKE IT ALL.

YES GIRL, TAKE MY MONEY LIKE THE ATO. TAKE IT ALL.

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    Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
     
    JF: We started collaborating about 2 years ago but there was never really a point where we both clearly defined a sound for ourselves. It's more or less the combination of the 2 different musical worlds we'd come from previously.
     
    MG: Yeah, I think we just work together and the result is pure chance. But also, to be honest, Jordan is much more in control of where we've ended up sonically. He comes from an electronic production background and does most of the driving. One interesting part of our development, I think, is that we started writing this music with really no intention of performing it, ever. We had actually hoped that we could bring in some female vocalists to sing it. Turns out my voice is a bit girlish, or at least enough to fool the neighbours next door. "Who's that chick you got in there singing?".
     
    What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
     
    JF: Our studio space. We have so much great gear and I'm always inspired in our room.
     
    MG: Jordan does a righteous hand in the air, quasi-fist pump thing (tough to describe in words) when he really likes something we're laying down, and I live for that pump.
     
    What can punters expect from a NEIL FRANCES live show?
     
    JF: No backing tracks, everything will be 100% live!
     
    MG: What is a punter?
     
    What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
     
    JF: Tough question. I recently had a friend offer me some free advice on how to make the perfect mixed berry smoothie. The trick is to peel and freeze a banana. Thanks, Jeff!
     
    MG: Yum... he's such a hedonist. Always push yourself outside of your comfort zone, because that's where you truly learn things about yourself. My dad told me that. I've followed it and perhaps, sometimes to a fault, I'll admit.
     
    What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
     
    JF: This is going to be fun for Marc who's from LA but I would say any song with a film clip by Midnight Oil. Peter Garrett's dance moves would cheer anyone up I think.
     
    MG: This Peter Garrett guy is hilarious? I've seen the Youtube compilation of Peter Garrett dancing and
    laughed pretty hard. But I also hesitate to say this because I know my stage moves are really goofy. Throwing stones in a glass house and all that.
     
    What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
     
    JF: Natalie Imbruglia with 'Torn'.
     
    MG: Damn... I didn't realise Natalie is Australian. Same. Excellent song.
     
    You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
     
    JF: One of my best friends has a new project called Anthony Fade which I love, so I would throw on their track 'Get With You', considering the d floor is pumping.
     
    MG: Light Year with 'Moderation'.
     
    What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
     
    JF: My last gig in Sydney was Tame Impala at the Enmore which was amazing as always. But more recently, it was actually a double date with Marc and our girlfriends at the Hollywood Bowl to see Phoenix, Mac Demarco, and the Lemon Twigs just the other week.
     
    MG: It was a whole lot of fun. We got our bread knives confiscated at security on the way in. Would you believe it? Also, Phoenix lead singer's mic cable was supposedly about 700ft long. Unbelievable.
     
    You're originally from Sydney but now based in LA, tell us about the bands or people in both those music communities that inspire you.
     
    JF: I was always very inspired by the scene in Sydney but I was also lucky to have come up in that scene prior to the current laws affecting night life. In terms of LA, this is where people descend to chase their dreams so it's a melting pot of vibe and desperation. It's a surreal place because I grew up listening to A LOT of rap music so casually driving down 'Slauson Ave' is strangely nostalgic for me.
     
    MG: I don't listen to much music for pleasure. When I do, I'm sorry to say, I often times won't even listen to a whole song. Maybe because I am very quickly inspired and want to write something of my own. And I'm writing all the time. But also, my day job is mixing and editing classical music. Opera, symphonies, and the like. So when I'm by myself, I don't play music. I also don't go out to many shows. I'm too burnt out on melodies. The radio doesn't work in my car. I'm a bit of a homebody dork loser. I let my friends play their music and that's pretty much the only time I hear outside music. So what my friends are listening to has a big effect upon me, albeit intermittent, because to be honest, I don't see my friends all that often either. Just Jordan a lot these days, but Jordan doesn't really show me much music, he just demands that we work on stuff.....
     
    JF: Wow.
     
    What are your plans for 2017?
     
    JF: My girlfriend generally makes all my plans for me so this question is probably better directed at her but I think our main focus right now is finishing our debut album.
     
    MG: Jordan's girlfriend will let us know.
     

     

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