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NEIL FRANCES

Featured Artist

2017

24

Jul

NEIL FRANCES

Sydney, NSW

LA based production duo NEIL FRANCES are hooking us in right, left and centre with their upbeat tempo, slick groove and magnetic electronica.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
JF: We started collaborating about 2 years ago but there was never really a point where we both clearly defined a sound for ourselves. It's more or less the combination of the 2 different musical worlds we'd come from previously.
 
MG: Yeah, I think we just work together and the result is pure chance. But also, to be honest, Jordan is much more in control of where we've ended up sonically. He comes from an electronic production background and does most of the driving. One interesting part of our development, I think, is that we started writing this music with really no intention of performing it, ever. We had actually hoped that we could bring in some female vocalists to sing it. Turns out my voice is a bit girlish, or at least enough to fool the neighbours next door. "Who's that chick you got in there singing?".
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
JF: Our studio space. We have so much great gear and I'm always inspired in our room.
 
MG: Jordan does a righteous hand in the air, quasi-fist pump thing (tough to describe in words) when he really likes something we're laying down, and I live for that pump.
 
What can punters expect from a NEIL FRANCES live show?
 
JF: No backing tracks, everything will be 100% live!
 
MG: What is a punter?
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
JF: Tough question. I recently had a friend offer me some free advice on how to make the perfect mixed berry smoothie. The trick is to peel and freeze a banana. Thanks, Jeff!
 
MG: Yum... he's such a hedonist. Always push yourself outside of your comfort zone, because that's where you truly learn things about yourself. My dad told me that. I've followed it and perhaps, sometimes to a fault, I'll admit.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
JF: This is going to be fun for Marc who's from LA but I would say any song with a film clip by Midnight Oil. Peter Garrett's dance moves would cheer anyone up I think.
 
MG: This Peter Garrett guy is hilarious? I've seen the Youtube compilation of Peter Garrett dancing and
laughed pretty hard. But I also hesitate to say this because I know my stage moves are really goofy. Throwing stones in a glass house and all that.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
JF: Natalie Imbruglia with 'Torn'.
 
MG: Damn... I didn't realise Natalie is Australian. Same. Excellent song.
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
JF: One of my best friends has a new project called Anthony Fade which I love, so I would throw on their track 'Get With You', considering the d floor is pumping.
 
MG: Light Year with 'Moderation'.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
JF: My last gig in Sydney was Tame Impala at the Enmore which was amazing as always. But more recently, it was actually a double date with Marc and our girlfriends at the Hollywood Bowl to see Phoenix, Mac Demarco, and the Lemon Twigs just the other week.
 
MG: It was a whole lot of fun. We got our bread knives confiscated at security on the way in. Would you believe it? Also, Phoenix lead singer's mic cable was supposedly about 700ft long. Unbelievable.
 
You're originally from Sydney but now based in LA, tell us about the bands or people in both those music communities that inspire you.
 
JF: I was always very inspired by the scene in Sydney but I was also lucky to have come up in that scene prior to the current laws affecting night life. In terms of LA, this is where people descend to chase their dreams so it's a melting pot of vibe and desperation. It's a surreal place because I grew up listening to A LOT of rap music so casually driving down 'Slauson Ave' is strangely nostalgic for me.
 
MG: I don't listen to much music for pleasure. When I do, I'm sorry to say, I often times won't even listen to a whole song. Maybe because I am very quickly inspired and want to write something of my own. And I'm writing all the time. But also, my day job is mixing and editing classical music. Opera, symphonies, and the like. So when I'm by myself, I don't play music. I also don't go out to many shows. I'm too burnt out on melodies. The radio doesn't work in my car. I'm a bit of a homebody dork loser. I let my friends play their music and that's pretty much the only time I hear outside music. So what my friends are listening to has a big effect upon me, albeit intermittent, because to be honest, I don't see my friends all that often either. Just Jordan a lot these days, but Jordan doesn't really show me much music, he just demands that we work on stuff.....
 
JF: Wow.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
JF: My girlfriend generally makes all my plans for me so this question is probably better directed at her but I think our main focus right now is finishing our debut album.
 
MG: Jordan's girlfriend will let us know.
 

 

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Jul

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Deafcult is a shoegaze/noisepop band from Brisbane that build an impressive wall of sound with stormy distortion and fuzzy, soothing vocals. We recommending playing them really loud.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Stevie: Deafcult is a noisy pop band, essentially. A big part of our sound comes from having four guitar players. Most of the songs are written on an acoustic guitar so that at the foundation of it all theres just a pop song. When you add four loud guitars and two singers harmonizing softly amongst the noise it starts to sound like Deafcult.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Stevie: I think the music I grew up with in Scotland informs alot of our sound. Bands like Jesus and Mary chain, Vaselines, Mogwai and the Cocteau Twins. Also music my mother used to play when I was a child like The Ronettes and the Shangri Las. The whole Phil Spector Wall of Sound thing is a big influence.
 
What can punters expect from a Deafcult live show?
Innez: You’ll probably notice a bunch of people on stage trying not to cross guitar swords. It will most likely be loud so bring your earplugs. Or don’t, it’s your life, live it how you want. Al might face his butt to the crowd if you’re lucky.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Innez: My mum has made a pretty big impact. Not so much with words but just the way she lives her life with compassion and kindness, and she has and has never, ever given up. Plus my best bud Alys told me to never stop rockin’ and I never will. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Innez: I’d pop Blank Realms new banger on - 'River of Longing', then take their hand and run into a field never to return. We may cry there anyhow but at least we’d be in a field listening to Blank Realm. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Innez: Rowland S Howard – 'Shut Me Down'. I discovered Howard too late, unfortunately. His guitar playing and vocal delivery are pretty crushing. If they weren’t crying after this I’d talk to them about Australia’s Border Protection Act then show them the story of Koko and her kitten.  And if they still weren’t crying I’d throw sand in their eyes to check if they were cyborgs. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Innez: Second Sight – 'Pure Form'. We played with Second Sight in Adelaide a couple of months ago. There’s a bunch of cool goth/electro stuff happening about the place but I guess this track sticks out as it’s a bit meaner or something. Everyone could totally bust out embarrassing dance moves to this track. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Innez: One we played with Tiny Migrants, Per Purpose and Pale Heads from Melbourne a couple of weeks ago. Per Purpose is one of the most interesting bands in Australia. Every member in the band is engaging.  And when everything falls apart, like it did this night, they especially rule. Tiny Migrants are the perfect amount of surf, punk, pop, garage and also cute legends to boot. Pale heads… Let’s just say anything Tom Lyngcoln touches turns to gold. Plus you’re assured a good time at Trainspotters (a venue at Central Station in Brisbane). Make sure you get a jug of Fruit Tingle and if you miss dinner, they’ve got fairy bread for free! Sugar highs all night long.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
Innez: We’re pretty lucky in Brisbane. There's not an abundance of venues, but the ones that do pop up tend to be run by total legends. In terms of people who do stuff that’s cool and inspiring Matty from Tenth Court, Lena from Trouble’s A Brewin, Do It Together, Cam and Matt from Via/Bach Guitars, Helena Papageorgio/Alex Dunlop’s amazing music vids, Rick and Billpot, Cam Smith, Sarah Gall, the crew at 4ZZZ, Phoebe Paradise’s art and design, Room 40, all our mates here actually. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
Stevie: We are in the process of writing a new record. So we will be in the studio again soon! We will also tour Australia a bit. We have our first interstate show in Melbourne on Saturday 18th July at the Reverence Hotel for their 3rd birthday show.

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