Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, VACATIONS!
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We didn't have the budget for a recording studio, or a producer/engineer, starting out. I recorded a lot of our earlier work because it was the only accessible option for us, Nate and I would also handle mixing duties and occasionally mastering too! I honestly didn't any idea what I was doing, I would have been like 19 at the time and was only just learning how to record with a microphone and a laptop. It was fun though! It was trial and error, I learnt a lot from that experience. Despite the "lo-fi" quality of those songs, it resonated with a lot of people all over the world and gained us a loyal fanbase. You can honestly do so much with so little these days. That DIY ethic and mindset shaped our sound, and would set us up for when we'd go into the studio with Oscar Dawson a few years later.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Being alive, day-to-day events. I mean, everything is so sporadic and unexpected. I wouldn't say there's a single source of inspiration, everything happens as it comes and that goes for my songwriting. If I could accurately pin it down then it'd feel cold and calculated to me.
What can punters expect from a VACATIONS live show?
We're definitely a lot rowdier and high energy on stage vs. the studio. It's fun!
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
If you're cooking scrambled eggs, cook them at the lowest heat and slowly scramble as you go. You don't need milk (why do you put milk in eggs gross), or salt (that messes em' up!). Just a little butter/oil and some eggs and you're golden. Got that tip from a special someone.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Warned You' by Good Morning.
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
I don't wanna make someone cry! Probably, 'Then There's You' by Saskwatch.
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
'Control Your Body' by Pnau.
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
It's been so long that I honestly can't remember.
Tell us about the bands or people in the Newcastle music community that inspire you.
Teddie! I've been working with her recently on songwriting and production and she just put out her debut track 'Call Me' that goes OFF(!) Play it at your next party! Craterface are also one of my favourite local acts, their creativity and work ethic is inspiring. They are always pushing themselves to new heights.View Profile Hide Interview
Indie, Pop, Rock
Dance, Indie (# Alternative #Electronic #dance #boogie #disco #techhouse)
Brissie three-piece Good Boy are one of the winners of our Laneway competition. Catch them opening the 'Good Better Best' stage of Laneway in Brisbane on Saturday, February 6.