With a penchant for LED lights and a knack for delivering what he calls “pop/dance/psychedelic jams”, Sydney producer Wishes is ready to make his move on the national music front.
Having cut his teeth as part of pop foursome Convaire, he’s stepping into the spotlight with his debut single and will soon impress live audiences. But before he does that, he’s spent time answering the questions in our latest ‘Get To Know’.
01. Name : Wishes.
02. Where are you based? Sydney.
03. How did you get your start in music? Being accepted into the year nine guitar ensemble was the big break for me. Then when I finished school I played in a lot of bands around Sydney and won Triple J Unearthed with my band Convaire. We released an EP, I fell in love with working and recording in studios and now I’m here!
04. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. Growing up I was a blues/rock/grunge nerd who was obsessive about guitars. When I went to university this all changed and I discovered synthesized and electronic music. Over the years I played in bands and spent time recording in studios, which became an obsession. My current sound is a blend of both my years spent playing a variety of instruments in a live environment as well as my fascination with studio trickery.
05. Who have been your musical influences? Talking Heads, David Bowie, M83, Neon Indian, Toro y Moi, Jamie XX, Tame Impala to name a few.
06. What are your favourite songs of all time? I could go on forever, but if I had to name one song it would be Talking Heads – ‘This Must Be The Place’. It’s my jam.
07. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. I’m the youngest of six siblings which is somewhat rare. I was also fired from a ‘Bakers Delight’.
08. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? The obvious one is ‘Practice! Practice! Practice!’ But in addition to that, I think the most important thing I learnt was to not get fixated on setbacks and to be constantly working for any opportunities that come your way. You create your own luck.
09. Tell us about your latest release. My latest release is my first single ‘I Want To Be Alone’. It’s a dancey pop number that involves drum machines, sampled vocals, and synthesizers in conjunction with live drums, guitars, and bass. It’s definitely got a night-time vibe to it and evokes the kind of feelings you might get on your local smoky dancefloor.
10. What do your future plans involve? I’m jumping on a few tour dates with one of my heroes – Neon Indian – in December. Beyond that I hope to drop a few singles throughout 2016.
11. Where can our audience catch you live? On the Neon Indian tour! At the UoW Unibar in Wollongong on Monday 14th December, or on Tuesday 15th December at Oxford Art Factory.