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Owen Rabbit is a multi-instrumentalist and producer out of Melbourne's northern suburbs. He plays rubbish, bottles and matches like instruments, anything he can find that makes a sound.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I got given a field recorder for my birthday by my parents when I was a teenager. I loved recording sounds from unusual places and I loved travelling. I used my field recorder through Morocco and the Southern Europe and started to place those samples in whatever beats I was making. Then I got a loop pedal and a microphone and tested out live sampling with whatever trinkets I could find. I love sounds. I love foley in films it really inspires me. I guess that mixed with my love of electronic music and jazz and soul mashes up into something like my music.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
When I write songs I can draw on personal experiences or anything that affects me on an emotional level. Sometimes I'll try put myself in other people's shoes and imagine what they're going through. I usually write music when I'm not near my instruments. I tend to think about little hooks, sounds or sometimes whole songs when I'm on the bus walking somewhere. Sometimes I even drift off when I'm talking to someone.
What can punters expect from an Owen Rabbit live show?
I build a piece of music layer by layer with my toys and rubbish. Then I play my synths and drum pads, my guitar and use my voice. Sometimes it's a little rough but it's because it's all happening right there.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Lachlan Mitchell told me once to encourage myself to be sensitive. He said that there's all different kinds of people in the world and they all play an important part and contribute to helping human kind as a whole. And while usually those who are strong are celebrated for their stoicism, their sportsmanship or their abilities as leaders, humanity needs sensitive people just as much to help guide them through their dark times and show them they aren't alone.
I personally can't think of a better explanation for how and why people make art. That guy kinda blew my mind. He's an incredible musician.
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?
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Dear Plastic, Kalacoma, Matt Kelly (Mayfair Kytes) at The Workers Club. It was incredible. My 3 favourite acts in Melbourne.
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
Hiatus Kaiyote are pretty undeniable. They're incredible. I supported Nai Palm for one of my first gigs, she's an incredible vocalist. I loved the raw energy of Mangelwurzel when I first saw them a few years ago. And the phronetic, surreal and impossibly complex Kalacoma have such an inspiring approach to live sound. They are a very much live electronic band. There's so much good music in Melbourne.
What are your plans for 2016?
I plan to release an EP early in the year. Then I'm going to Brighton, England for the Great Escape Festival and some shows in Europe. After that I'll be doing my first Australian headline tour and getting stuck into writing my debut album.