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Client Liaison

Featured Artist

2014

1

May

Client Liaison

Melbourne, VIC

Client Liaison are masters of infectious turn-of-the-nineties synth pop and are one of the winners of our Laneway Festival competition. The duo will be opening the Moreland St Stage of the Melbourne Laneway Festival this Saturday, Feb 1.

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
Informed by the production values of the late 80's and early 90's, we align ourselves with the effervescent sound of early digital synthesizers. We grew up on the music television of this era. Linking sound and image is a very important process for us.

You’re one of the winners of our Laneway competition. What can the crowd at Laneway in Melbourne expect from the Client Liaison live show?
Lights, music, dance, smoke machines; basically an 11am dance party.

How and when did you two meet?
Glamorgan Primary school in the late 1990's.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
'For the best long lasting result, use a Tasmanian Huon pine when building or renovating your outdoor deck', Shirley Strachan via the 'Our House' TV series 1993 - 1999.

What are your plans for Client Liaison in 2014?
Continue our efforts amongst the diplomatic cocktail circuit, produce more videos and release an album mid year.

Australian music is…?
...in a very healthy state!

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DEJA

Featured Artist

2013

27

May

DEJA

( )

Melbourne, VIC

It's dark, it's bright. It's digital, it's organic. It's haxx, it's Rromarin. It's DEJA.

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?

We've been making music together for quite a few years, so we have slowly refined and developed our sound over that time. These days we describe our music as 'future pop', mainly because we try to make our production as progressive and experimental as possible. Because of this our sound is pretty eclectic and ranges from pop to psychedelia to electronic. We both sing and often blend our voices together to create a layered boy-girl vocal sound, but some tracks feature just boy or just girl vocals. We love heavy beats and lush synths, weird sounds and a blend of digital and organic elements.

You’ve mentioned working in home studios. What’s your creative and recording process like?

All of our work is done out of our home studio. We often start with a beat (most of the time dreamed up by haxx at 3am in the morning while he's in owl mode) and build a song from there. Once we have a beat we'll flesh out the track with cords, synths, etc, then figure out song structure and vocals. Lyrics often come last, after everything is pretty much done. We often record scratch vocals to test out vocal sounds and ideas, and then once we're happy with that we'll write the lyrics and finish recording the song, adding harmonies and little details. We're a bit manic though; sometimes we take a song all the way to the end, even get it mastered, and then never release it because we've moved on from the idea or think we can create something better. More recently instead of just ditching tracks we've been trying to think of ways to rework them, or transform them to be used in different ways for different projects.

What’s a DEJA live show like?

A DEJA live show is pretty fun; we play with some really rad musicians, and take turns in playing different instruments like guitar, keys, percussion etc. Both of us sing. Like our recorded tracks, the live set is a real blend between digital and organic.

What are you doing when you’re not DEJA-ing?

We try to chillllll. Haxx plays a lot of 'Quake Live', Rromarin is into animals and the natural world, and both of us spend way too much time watching shows like Seinfeld and Archer. We also spend a lot of time in the studio working with other bands.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

2013 is looking pretty exciting, mostly because we're going to release our debut EP in July. We'll also be releasing more music videos, playing a bunch of shows throughout the rest of the year, and working on the side as haxx and Rromarin in different music projects and collaborations. Who knows, we might even squeeze out another EP before 2013 is through…stay tuned!

Australian music is…?

...super original, world class and kicking massive goals right now.

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Collarbones
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Collarbones

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop

Adelaide, SA

Rainbow Chan

Featured Artist

2013

19

Aug

Rainbow Chan

( )

Sydney, NSW

Sydney artist Rainbow Chan is a multi-instrumentalist always looking for ways to play with sound and narrative. Get swept away by the warmth and charm of her bedroom-produced electronic pop.

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?

I like to write pop songs, deconstruct them and rearrange them for electronics and live instruments. I play a range of instruments including saxophone, piano, guitar, synths, harp and various knick-knacks that I sample and make beats with. Often I will spend hours in my bedroom studio with a cup of tea and Asian snacks, experimenting with loops and voice, blending tape with digital things, and layering warped samples upon organic sounds.

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.

I'm constantly amazed and feel pumped when I attend friends' gigs. Sydney's creative output is really diverse. Golden Blonde, Moon Holiday, Jonti, Thomas William and Sui Zhen are some of my favourites. My newest obsession is Black Vanilla though because they make the best grinding jams and are incredible onstage.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?

I performed in Karen O's opera "Stop the Virgens" last year at the Sydney Opera House. On opening night, Karen gave us the most fierce pep talk ever. Basically, she told us to not give a damn about anyone else in the crowd because we're doing this for us and we'd become a close and empowered group of women. Many expletives were used. When I get nervous before a show, I chant Karen's words and remember that if you're putting yourself 100% out there, people are going to connect and ultimately respect what you do.

What are you doing when you’re not making music?

Besides buying too much secondhand clothing and knick-knacks, I am obsessed with cooking for people! I love baking, whipping together a delicious stir fry or making Asian desserts including "tang yuan". It's a glutinous rice dumpling with a pocket of peanut butter and brown sugar inside, served in a ginger sweet broth. Probably really bad for your teeth!

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

I'll be making a film clip, playing Bigsound and OutsideIn Festival which includes performing in a supergroup that's recreating The Avalanches' "Since I Left You" live, write an album, more collaborations. And, oh, marry James Blake.

Australian music is…?

…humble and innovative. Also, Kylie Minogue, preferably singing and riding on a novelty-sized giant thong.

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Oliver Tank

Featured Artist

2011

12

Sep

Oliver Tank

( )

Sydney, NSW

Oliver Tank is a young Sydney-based producer and musician who is turning heads and melting hearts with his enchanting down-tempo electronica.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?

I set out to create something really original and unique with my music, and on top of that I try to give it a really personal feel. I developed my sound by listening to a lot of electronic artists. I feel like at the moment it is the genre with the most potential. I love the idea that electronic sounds and real instrument sounds can work together so harmoniously. Essentially that is what my music is about, different sounds organised to tell a story.

How do you translate your recordings to a live environment – what’s an Oliver Tank gig like?

My live show includes a laptop, sampler, vocals and guitar. The music is pretty chill but it lends itself well to an intimate live show,

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.

As I was developing my sound electronic music was really taking off, I was always hearing new and exciting electronic artists and they were my biggest inspiration. Originally Seekae was a huge influence but now there is a huge community of similar musicians in Sydney that all make amazing music. The fact that there are so many talented artists out there is inspiration enough for me to keep bettering what I do.

What’s coming up for you in 2011?

I'll be releasing my EP in October which will have a bunch of new music on it. I'm also working on a mix-tape as well, which will include remix's, covers and much more. Other than that I'll just be playing gigs and working on new music.

Australian music is?

...Amazing. Its really liberating knowing that there is so much musical talent in Australia. I Can't wait to see what the future holds for Australian Music.

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