After two years studio silence, The Presets (Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes) return with their sophomore album, ‘Apocalypso’. Ranging from expansive, emotive techno, to future pagan house and choral space funk, Apocalypso demonstrates the band’s undeniably canny knack for welding hook-laden pop to the most singular and exciting sounds today. Along the way The Presets have become one of Australia’s most in-demand live acts, and after two non-stop years touring the major festivals of the world, they’ve managed to capture some of this energy in these new recordings. Welcome to the world of Apocalypso.

Apocalypso is out now !

The Band accepted to answer some of our questions :

Hello Guys, How are You? Where are you answering our interview questions from?
JULIAN: I’m very well thank you. I am in my home, in Sydney, Australia.

Can you tell us what events happened between both releases Apocalypso and Pacifica ?
KIM: We took a much needed vacation just after the touring for Apocalypso ended in mid 2009. Later that year we re-grouped around September 2009 and began work on what was to become Pacifica, during that time we bacame fathers, planted some roots, built home studios and continued on the making of Pacifica.

How long did it take to put this record together?
JULIAN: Around 2 years.

What were your influences during the recording of the album? What were you listening to at the time?
KIM: Here is a list of artists that may have made a direct or indirect influence on the album:
Severed Heads, Christian Martin, Green Velvet, Matias Aguayo, The Necks, Carl Craig, Chemical Bros, Drake, Nils Frahm, Harmonia, Died Pretty, Flash and the Pan, Cluster, Chris Carter, Ben Klock, Jeff Mills, Factory Floor, D.A.F, Rhianna, Pink Floyd, Ciara, The Dirty Three, Maurice Fulton, Tangerine Dream, Zomby, Vladislav Delay, John Selway and Christian Smith, Manuel Gottsching, Moritz Von Oswald, K-X-P, DJ Spinn, The Church.

Why do you think your working relationship is so successful?
JULIAN: We keep each other in check. Kim’s good at some things, I’m good at other things. Neither one of us could ever make a Presets album on their own. It’s a real collaborative effort.

Do the two of you have similar musical tastes?
JULIAN: Sure – we like a lot of similar things. We don’t often listen to exactly the same stuff – but we both usually respect and dig what the other guy is listening to.

We’ve been experiencing a bit of an “Australian Invasion” with Cut Copy, Bag Raiders, Architecture in Helsinki, Van She, you guys, and others. Do you see that as a good or bad thing?
KIM: They are all friends and label mates, not to mention great bands and artists in their own right. As far as ‘Australian Invasion’ goes, then as long as it doesn’t become too nationalistic then it’s totally fine with me.

Do you make music that you want to sound a certain way, or feel a certain way?
JULIAN: Generally we let the music speak for itself. Rather than try and make a certain mood, or a certain feel – the style of the song usually dictates that for us. We have to let the song feel the way it naturally alludes to – and not force it to be something it is not. If it is a summery, pop dance track, we can’t force it into being a dark, techno, club thing – it just won’t work.

How does performing DJ sets and live shows, just the two of you, differ from touring and putting on shows with several more people?
KIM: With a Presets live show we have to do a lot more preparation in order to perform, building a live set on a computer, remixing older songs takes a lot longer than merely rehearsing with a band and deciding what order of songs to put in a set list. What we do can be more involved but it doesn’t leave much room for ‘in the moment’ variation, that’s why we have to spend a lot of time going through every conceivable variation in terms of the sequencing of the live show in order to communicate what we feel is a great performance experience. We try to create a hard impact show focused energy, light and sound that hopefully hits harder than just a band playing their songs.
DJ sets on the other hand just require a good selection of music, some people who are up for it and a few stiff drinks.

Where do you see electronic music going in the next few years?
JULIAN: I have no idea really. Electronic music has kind of exploded – it the the style of the day. Pop music sounds like techno now. Software is cheap – Everyone is a producer now. The internet is kings – everyone is a distributer now. Forget electronic music… I don’t know where all music is heading in the next few years.

What’s next for you guys? Do you have plans for touring in U.K, or even throughout Europe ?
KIM: We are planning a European tour for late November/early December.

TEEZ’FM likes music that makes us dance therefore our last question is, what makes you dance?
JULIAN: Music of course!

Thanks to Kim and Julian
Merci à Pauline / Barclay

interview by Thierry Jaussaud / Valencia Ehrhart

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