Love PC Music and Cashmere Cat? You'll <3 the hyper-shiny club-pop of Canberra-Sydney duo Hi Life.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We both appreciate music as a sensory experience that has the capacity to thrill, shock and surprise you, create new and inventive sonic textures and affect your emotions at a deep, subconscious level. Music that is simultaneously both familiar and strange, that stretches the boundaries of genre in exciting new ways and forces you to reevaluate your preconceptions. We draw inspiration from the propulsive energy of club music, the emotional directness present in pop music and the power and dynamism of rap and hip hop. Hi Life represents both the sum and extension of these influences.
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Love, desire, sadness, pain, pleasure and of course, the club.
What can punters expect from a Hi Life gig?
A Hi Life performance is a combination of tension, surprise and the thrill you experience from the moment of release. You'll feel our music viscerally and physically. You'll experience the full spectrum of human emotions, shared with your best friends and complete strangers. You'll have your expectations destroyed, rebuilt and reconfirmed. You'll hear sounds and textures that you've never heard before. And you'll never forget it.
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
"Be the person who you'd want to be with." - Harry Patrick (Hi Life) 2016
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Tame Impala - Nangs
. The floating, ephemeral chord progression and the one repeated lyric "But is there something more than that?" makes this song ripe for a good, introspective cry.
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Ribongia - Journeys
. One of the most inventive, exciting and inspiring club tracks to ever come out of Australia.
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Harry: I went to and saw Ben Fester play in a warehouse. The gig was part of this DIY (and BYO) party culture that has been spreading in Canberra lately. It was in a location that was pretty isolated from the city and university campuses, but it still had a great turnout and went all night. It is great to see that there is a strong market for different forms of nightlife in Canberra, and that there are people willing to put in heaps of work to pull off those kinds of parties on a regular basis.
Tell us about the bands or people in the ACT music community that inspire you.
Even though it's a small city, Canberra has so much musical talent and activity. Through their success, artists like The Aston Shuffle, Peking Duk and Safia
have been able to show Australia and the rest of the world what the ACT has to offer musically. Thanks to our great universities, we have a strong student population which supports the local nightlife, and makes it possible for aspiring promoters to develop their ideas and launch their own brands. It has been great to see nights like Helix (for which Hi Life played the first headline set), Pickle Nights (who are responsible for the warehouse parties mentioned previously) come along and help push Canberra's dance music scene in relevant and interesting directions. Other collectives like Box Cutter, Strangeways, and Univibes have been responsible for many of Canberra's most forward thinking club nights and parties over the years and continue to work to innovate and inspire.
What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and into 2017?
We are working on more original tracks, remixes, and some really exciting collaborations with fantastic artists that we can't wait to put out over the next year. We are also excited to bring Hi Life to the club and play shows in cities around the world. We see our music developing further and reaching more and more people. By 2017 Hi Life will be a ubiquitous global brand.