Australian dance music has never been in better shape. The vibrant scene has filtered through to the broader social conscience and has put the country on the map for the most progressive, exciting and original music around. Now here comes, “Out of nowhere” (Lewis Mckirdy, Triple J), Golden Features who drops a self-titled EP and the rumour-mill as to who was behind the mask hasn’t stopped spinning ever since. Questions of whether it’s an established act, man/woman, band, producer, or merely a phenomenally adept newcomer have been circulating amongst talent and tastemakers for weeks. Unable to find a definitive answer, speculators have agreed upon one thing; when listening to the EP, identity aside, these four tracks make up one of the most accomplished debuts to date.
Like with so many breakthrough artists in Australia, national radio station Triple J has played a pivotal role in the recognition of Golden Features’ music, getting picked up by multiple presenters within days of release. A ruminating 20 minutes, Golden Features creates a wall of sound with the debut EP that grows and expands with every listen, raising the bar of excitement for the inaugural year ahead. Keep your eyes and ears open for Golden Features’ next move.
Who is Golden Features? All we can say is that it's an exciting new project for a Sydney producer who has just dropped an excellent debut EP, has another in the works, is about to hit the live scene and is inspired by the contrast between light and dark in art. Click below for a few more words from the man (of mystery) himself...
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My sound was developed by sitting down for countless hours and playing around. There’s no great secret or synth, just a set of guidelines that I want my music to sound like.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I'm extremely inspired by contrast between light and dark in art. Having uplifting, bright moments that progress into dark moody follow ups. I'm really inspired by artists like David Choe and Greg Simkins who manage to walk the line between the two in their own unique ways.
What can punters expect from a Golden Features live show?
The shows are going to be a lot of my own music, remixes and edits.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Best piece of advice I ever got was from Emoh Instead, he suggested that I listen to songs front to back, not just skip through. You can miss out on a lot of great music having that "skip to the drop" approach.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
I would play them tapes of my manager singing Bardot - 'Poison'.
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Frenzal Rhomb - 'All You Friends'.
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Aston Shuffles remix of 'Goodbye Future' is a heater
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Last show I went to was one of the Nina Las Vegas shows, it was brilliant. Tkay Maidza was amazing.
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
What So Not have been really inspiring. They've made forward thinking club music that’s completely unique to them. Music that works in clubs and on iPods.
What are your plans for Golden Features in 2014?
2014 should be interesting.. A couple of remixes in the works, definitely another EP which will be substantially bigger than the first and a bit of touring in the latter half of the year. Exciting stuff!