IT has been good to chat with Adrian from Machine Age…
IN THIS PHOTO: Adrian with SLUMBERJACK
about their collaboration with SLUMBERJACK. I ask how the song, Daggers, came together and whether the two artists are working together again. Adrian discusses his musical upbringing and whether he has a favourite memory from his time in music – he recommends an approaching artist we need to get behind and support.
Adrian talks about plans going forward and which artist, given the chance, he would support; whether he gets chance to chill outside of music; what he and Machine Age want to accomplish by the end of 2018 – he ends the interview by selecting a cool song.
Hi. How are you? How has your week been?
Hello, there. Super-well. It’s been a great couple of days - having dropped the new tune on Friday.
For those new to your music; can you introduce yourself, please?
Adrian here from Machine Age. We’re based in Brisbane, Australia
How did the unity of Machine Age and SLUMBERJACK happen?! Have you known each other for a while?
I’ve been a big fan of SLUMBERJACK for a while. A great friend introduced us and we got together the day before they played Splendour in the Grass (Australia’s Glastonbury).
Daggers is your collaboration. What is the story behind the song? Can you describe how the song came together? Who came in with the idea?
At the time of our first writing session, the boys were living somewhere between Perth and L.A. and we only had a small window of time before they had to prep for their massive Splendour set. So, rather than working on a song from scratch I showed them a super-rough piano demo of Daggers as something we could work on.
They loved it and we got the bones of the track together that day. The rest of the production was a lot of back and forth sharing parts and arrangements ideas as they toured overseas until it was done.
Will there be more work between you guys?
I’d love to work with them again one day for sure. It would be great to play Daggers live together.
Did you grow up around a lot of music? Which artists do you count as influences?
I’m the youngest of four boys and inherited my music taste from my three older brothers. One was into ’60s/’70s Psych-Rock; another Blues and Jazz and the other (into) Pop and Electronica. It wasn’t till I was fifteen or so that I started to distil that down into my own influences.
What do you hope to achieve by the end of 2018?
We have a stack of shows planed in the coming months around Australia and are planning to hit the U.K. and Europe early next year. But, before we get there, we’re also finishing a bunch of new material for our upcoming debut.
Have you got a favourite memory from your time in music so far – the one that sticks in the mind?
The first song I ever released a couple of years back got a spin and five-star review by the head of Australia’s national radio station, triple J. It’s pretty hard to go past that feeling.
Which one album means the most to you would you say (and why)?
That’s a super-tough question...
If you could support any musician alive today, and choose your own rider, what would that entail?
I would happily accept a solitary beer if I could support Radiohead. Maybe two beers.
Can we see you on the road this year at all?
Yep. In Oz. We’re aiming to hit the U.K. next year.
What advice would you give to new artists coming through?
Make the music you want to listen to.
IN THIS PHOTO: Willaris. K
Are there any new artists you recommend we check out?
Do you get much time to chill away from music? How do you unwind?
When I’m home, I love walking my dogs and listening to music or podcasts.
Finally, and for being a good sport; you can choose a song and I’ll play it here (not any of your music - I will do that).
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