It’s been a big year for both the Astral People and record label Yes Please so it seems rather fitting that the two should join forces to put on one of this years most interesting and exciting music festivals. OutsideIn is now just around the corner, so in the lead up we’ve put together a little mix tape of some tunes from artists on the roster. We also had a chat to Oliver Tank, who will be playing on the day. Check it out, and remember there are still some tickets left to cop (here).
Here’s the mix, tracklist over on Soundcloud.
SBS: Well first of all how are you looking forward to OutsideIn, who are you keen to check out?
Oliver: Really looking forward to it, I’m keen to check out Thrupence, Flume, Smoke DZA, Shigeto, Africa Hitech, Cliques and the list goes on. There are so many great acts playing it should be a great day
We’ve noticed you’ve settled down on the gig front a bit lately, has this translated into some more studio time?
Yeah, I’m getting quite a bit done now. I was having a lot of trouble trying to write music earlier in the year. I was struggling to find inspiration and also just wasn’t happy with how a lot of the tracks were turning out. In the last couple of months things have become much more clear though. The gigs have settled down and I’ve had more time to think and reflect. I now have the clearest idea of where I’m heading with my music and I’m sort of glad its taken me most of this year because a lot has changed for me and I think it took me some time to realise that and reflect it in my music.
Airwaves is on again now in Iceland, which marks a big year for you. What have some of the highlights been, how has your live show progressed?
Yeah I was really happy with how the last year went. Ever since I won FBi’s Northern Lights comp to go to Iceland things have really taken off. Its been an amazing year with all the gigs I’ve played, the people I’ve met and the places my music has reached, I couldn’t have asked for anything more. Highlights would definitely include Iceland, going to the UK to do some shows, playing sold out shows around Australia and just all support I’ve received from everyone that really means a lot to me.
In hindsight it would have been nice to have had a bit more time to develop my live show, but it developed at its own pace and its certainly come a long way since i started. I used to play using Ableton and a midi controller but now I don’t play with a laptop at all which I think adds a real live dynamic to the show. I think the live show still needs to change and it will as I start working new songs into the set.
Finally, any collabs or new tracks coming soon that you’re allowed to tell us about?
I’m working on quite a few collabs with some of my favourite artists from all around Australia which I’m really excited about. I don’t want to give too much away, but they should all be on my next release hopefully. I’m also working on a Simon and Garfunkel cover which should be done soon. Fawn features a lot on that one and its sounding really cool so looking forward to putting that out.