swindail is a Sydney producer, musician, lemon cheesecake lover and so much more. He's worked with legends like Goldlink and has already built up a dedicated following. Dubbed by his mates as a producer of kitchen-trap, hear his plinky plonky sounds all this week.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My music is mostly just a bunch of weird sounds all organised into a beat, with a few jazzy chords and 808 drums. Sometimes singing is involved. I think it sounds pretty cool and I hope it makes people move or feel something. Jazz music has played a big part in my life and I kinda just wanted to incorporate that into music I can make on my computer. Took me a bunch of digging and a few years' worth of YouTube tutorials for it to properly come to fruition but I'm liking my sound where it is.
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Just people, places and things all around me. Sometimes I'll make a song based on some passive societal or political view I have, or sometimes (admittedly more of the time) I'll make a song based on a funny sound I recorded in my kitchen.
What can punters expect from a Swindail live show?
Cool visual things, lots of loud drums/noises and me having difficulty untying and retying my man bun. Also sweat and boogie time.
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
"Learn from your mistakes." - Everyone ever. That, or "sidechain your bass to your kicks." - Also everyone ever.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Basenji - "Dawn"
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Polographia - "Sly (feat. Winston Surfshirt)"
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Mallrat - "Inside Voices"
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I went to this J Dilla tribute gig at Play Bar recently, I forget who was playing but neck snappers were dropped that night. I've never bobbed my head with that kind of passion before.
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
I really like my friends Cosmo's Midnight and Basenji, they influence electronic music in Sydney with their own projects and also do a lot of behind the scenes work which I would love to do eventually. I could name more bands and artists who do the same but honestly there are so many to count. It's overwhelming but in a really, really good way.
What are your plans for 2017?
Release a lot more original music with some really exciting features, finally drop that Lotus Eater remix, travel the world a bit more, finish up some exciting as heck collabs (that I can't speak on yet), do some more production workshops in different cities and eat a lot more cheesecakes at all of my brand new live shows. Yeet.View Profile Hide Interview