Edward R. is a Melbourne-based artist who creates stirring, uplifting indie pop.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Edward R. started unknowingly when I was 17 and strung out the chords and lyrics for 'Time Till Tell' in my bedroom on the Sunshine Coast. I was always in bands and collaborating with really fantastic people but I could never find a real home for that song. In late 2013, I returned from 2 years in London and setup my humble studio in 'Agrabah' (a cottage) on my parents property on the Sunshine Coast. 'Agrabah' was and always will be this really special environment. It has such a vibe and energy and played a massive role in my musical development. I was able to set up loads of equipment and jam till the early hours of the morning... acreage has its benefits - to some degree.
Basically, I uploaded 'Time Will Tell' to Unearthed a little while back (after the breakup of my band in London) and it went really well, which to be honest I didn't see coming. After so many years of not finding a home for that song, I lost all faith in it. Some close friends and my now manager (Lorenzo) gave me a few words about writing some more material along those 'Time Will Tell' lines. So I started to write out some pieces.. which turned out to be 10 months of 2014 alienated in Agrabah, losing my head to anything that took my fancy, musically. I think 'Wolves And The Water' was about the 3rd song I wrote for the project.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
That moment when you hear a song or see a film for the first time and it completely mesmerises or resonates within your whole body... that feeling... is what usually inspires a certain train of thought or a particular emotion, which (hopefully) leads to a lyrical concept, or a melody floating around my head, or a beat. But, there's no rhythm or rhyme to it.
What can punters expect at an Edward R. live show?
Snake hips, the 2 step and my handsome band.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Stay away from slow horses and fast women" - my father's father, Raymond Roberts.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Seekae - 'Another'
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Banff - 'All again' - but also to make them happy.. I'm really enjoying this track on many different levels
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Andras and Oscar - 'Looking Back' OR Total giovanni - 'Human animal' (depending on vibes)
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
Melbourne has such a great dance culture that I've been introduced to. So, its been a lot of club nights more so than bands in the last couple of weeks. People like Total Giovanni, NO ZU, Friendships, Banff and LANKS have been tickling my fancy mostly. There's some really great scenes down here that are bursting with rad crew, good music and lejtable vibes.
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
Writing, writing, writing and writing some more. Another single in a couple of months. There's a string of shows coming up starting in July with LANKS at the workers club. Probably, just working with the legends at Drugstore in South Yarra and bumming around Brunswick with all my locals.