Artist Spotlight - Younger Than Me
(Photo Credit: Marcus Coblyn)
We've got an interview for you with Australian duo Younger Than Me! They recently released their infectious single "Hiding" on all platforms. Get to know this up-and-coming band in our latest Artist Spotlight Feature!
1. How did you come to pursue music and how long have you been at it?
We were on the same line-up at a show in Sydney in 2011, but we didn’t start hanging out in coffee shops and jamming together until we bumped into each other a couple of years later.
Now we’ve been playing music together for around 10 years. We both got each other out of writer’s block at the beginning, and then had so much fun working together we decided to make the project official. The birth of Younger Than Me.
2. Could you walk us through your process of writing music?
"We have complimentary writing styles. When we first started writing together, one of us would start with a riff or chord structure. The other would then respond to that. It’s rare that we write the lyrics of a song together but there are a handful where we have, which were super satisfying. It’s like magic when that happens. We also write through the recording process, tracking musical ideas first, and then building up the song structure around that – together in the studio."
3. What artists have inspired you in your career?
"Sylvan Esso, Flock of Dimes, and Japanese Breakfast are a few that we have both loved listening to together over the last few years."
4. Do you have any favorite music gear (guitars, amps, effects pedals, keyboards, etc.) that you love to use? If so, what’s the story on them?
"We’ve got our travelling studio setup down to a fine art. We worked out that the best way for us to be productive when writing and recording is to get away from our everyday routines. We hire a house – we have a favourite in Katoomba – but there have been a few we have loved. We’ll set up a main recording space and then a desk for our computers and studio monitors – I have Genelec 8010’s (total babies), and Emma has Adam T8V’s. We have two interfaces on hand – a Komplete Audio 6 – NI, or an Apogee Duet. Collectively we have a bunch of instruments that we use, including OP-1, 0-Coast, Take5, Telecaster, Starfire, Uke, a few different acoustic guitars, Yamaha Alto Sax, Tama Drum Kit with 70s UFIP Ride, and a heap of guitar pedals. Emma’s go to pedal recently is Julia by Walrus Audio."
5. Can you describe the vibe at your live shows? Also, what do you enjoy most about a venue when you do a show?
"There haven’t been any live shows yet! The pandemic permitting, we are getting excited to jump around on stage and share our new tracks with live audiences."
"A big part of us starting this project was to create music that people could dance to. Both of our solo projects can be quite laid back, so it will be exciting to perform our tracks that have a completely different live energy to our usual sets."
6. What is one thing that you want the public to know about your music?
"That it is music born out of the need to strip away all expectation and play music for playing’s sake – we want people to also share in that when listening to it and just have fun with it."
7. What’s next for you?
"We have more releases set for 2022. We’re looking forward to sharing it with you!"