Get to know Foolish Genius, a 21 year old Melbourne-based artist who last week dropped his debut single ‘Uh!’.
On the contrary… there’s nothing ‘Uh!’ about this debut; it’s a pulsing, dirty groove with distorted vocals that just begs to be played at volume.
Naturally, we needed to find out a little more about the guy behind the groove, so we reached out with our bunch of questions.
Here are his responses!
01. Name : Foolish Genius.
02. Where are you based? Melbourne, currently.
03. How did you get your start in music? As a teenager, writing songs for fun or as procrastination from study. Got to a point when I realised I was kinda getting decent at it and should try pursuing it as a career.
04. Give us five words to best describe you as an artist. Eclectic, magnetic, internal, fun, goofy.
05. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. Originally, I wanted to pursue being a pop/rock artist. All the songs I’d written had an Alex Lahey / Ball Park Music feel to them. It wasn’t until I started experimenting with Ableton Live that I realised the endless possibilities that came with modern electronic based production.
Fell in love instantly with beatmaking and ever since have been making combination hot-pot type tracks. Phat drums & twisted samples yet still with guitar and bass as a major focus.
06. What’s your earliest musical memory? Dancing in the kitchen to ‘So Fresh : Hits of Summer 2006’.
07. Who have been your musical influences? Daft Punk, Labrinth, Tom Misch, Bluejuice, Childish Gambino all have a major permanent imprint on my brain. Recently though, I’ve been mesmerized by Golden Vessel and Baynk.
08. What are your favourite songs of all time? Ask me this on a different day and I’ll probably have a different answer!
‘Houdini’ – Foster The People
‘Juice’ – CHISEKO & JCAL
‘Sad Songs’ – Sticky Fingers
‘When You Were Young’ – The Killers
‘Fanfare’ – Magic City Hippie.
09. Where’s your favourite place to listen to music? On my studio headphones at home. It’s crazy how much detail you can pick up just by closing your eyes and concentrating on the soundscape.
10. Who are your go-to artists when you’re feeling :
Happy? Peach Pit.
Sad? Peach Pit.
Exhausted? Still Woozy.
11. What was the first album you ever bought? First album I was ever given was ‘See The Sun’ by Pete Murray, but first I bought myself was probably ‘The Essential Weird Al Yankovic’.
12. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. I have central heterochromia.
13. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? I’ve always been fascinated by space, but I don’t know if ‘astronomer’ is all that realistic of a career.
14. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? No-one makes it overnight. All those people you see who seemingly become an overnight success, usually have been grinding for ages behind the scenes. Keep at it. Keep creating and you’ll find success eventually.
15. What’s been the highlight of your musical journey so far? Being able to express myself creatively in ways that I never could before. Now that I’m fluent in Ableton Live, I can translate my thoughts somewhat seamlessly into audio which is incredible.
16. What’s been the strangest experience you’ve had in the business? Being judged as a human based on my artistic expression is a strange feeling. Knowing that someone out there will hear my music or see my content online and instantly decide whether they like me or not is very peculiar.
17. If you could trade places with any artist in the world right now, who would it be? No-one! I’m super excited about my journey and wouldn’t want to miss out on all the potential fun that lies ahead.
18. Tell us about your debut release. ‘Uh!’ is my big debut single, which I wrote and produced entirely at home throughout 2021. It boasts traditional pop/rock instrumentation fused with modern synthetic textures, and is unlike anything currently on the airwaves.
‘Uh’ is a dance floor anthem at heart, and a disgruntled portrayal of social anxiety lyrically. It’s eclectic, enticing, yet also quite goofy. Releasing just in time for summer music season here in Aus, it’s guaranteed to make ya head bang!
19. What do your future plans involve? Working on new music both by myself and with my friends!
20. Where can our audience catch you live? No current live shows planned, but you can stay up to date with what I’m doing on Instagram! I post musical based content regularly.