Heralding from Adelaide in South Australia, this brother-sister duo are well accustomed to traveling, having lived and worked all around the country and the world. Dante and Xavia Nou started playing music together very young, born into a long line of classical musicians and family bands. But the collaboration only officially began in 2005 with the siblings based on separate continents. Making a studio of almost any room with some peace and quiet, they compile songs by sending files back and forth to each other from across cities and oceans, layering melodic acoustic instruments over electronic beats and sounds.
A real life BrotherSister duo with a taste for electronic sound design, string arranging, pagan like melodies, animation and beat trickery. Based in Adelaide but more at home in a suitcase.
Tell us about your music – how did you develop your sound?
Well this album was a pretty lengthy process. Most of our songs just start off as little demoed ideas which grow eventually into something over time. We recorded and mixed everything at home, so had all the time in the world to mess around with different ways.
How is the brother sister dynamic? Do you drive each other nuts?
Yes. We have our moments...
Tell us about your live show.
We are joined by a drummer (Ryan Manolakis), bass player (Nat Wiseman) and violinist (Sophie Calderbank), it's nice having people to play with, makes it much more fun! Over the Adelaide Fringe festival we did a show with just the two of us more in the electronic vein, with a couple of keyboards and sampler, we remade all the songs in a remixy kind of way.
What’s the electronic music scene like in Adelaide?
I wouldn't say we are a huge part of any electronic scene here, I think there is some good stuff going round but we generally chill with shoegazers!
What’s coming up in the future?
Well we are both actually working on solo projects at the moment, I'm working on a new EP and depending on Xavia's traveling plans we are going to get something of hers together too!
Australian music is?
Tremendous, though Australia is so far away from the rest of the world.View Profile Hide Interview