If you’re a frequent reader of Magnetic then you’ve probably heard the news about our favorite Australian ravey house rockers, The Presets—they’re back and today they deliver us some new electronic music. Pacifica, the new Presets album, via Casablanca/Modular People is finally available for purchase—well, at least for those in Australia and New Zealand. We’ll have to wait until Monday morning. For the EDM download music junkies, we highly recommend nabbed Green Velvet remix of “Youth In Trouble” as a free download. If you’ve yet to catch these guys performing their brand of twisted electronic pop live, do yourself a favor and make plans for the upcoming Presents tour. The duo will be hitting Vancouver, New York, Boston, Los Angeles and a bunch of other stops in between. See tour dates below. Here’s a mini mix the two put together a few days ago…proper listening for your Friday night.
We caught up with Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes (that’s The Presets) to chat about life on the road, because lets face it… travel probably takes up more of their time than the common man.
“It was my most frightening flight ever. It took the pilot 3 attempts to get on the ground. Every time we were over the runway he would just give it full power and take off again…” -Julian Hamilton
Do you have any tales of extreme excitement or extreme boredom that the average person might enjoy reading?
Julian: Wow, so many tales of extreme boredom. In our early days we seemed to be continuously crossing continents and oceans by planes. In fact—have you ever flown from Australia to anywhere else on the planet? It’s the very meaning of boredom. There was on very exciting flight home on New Year’s Day one year after an interstate show—we landed in 100kmph winds. It was a classic Sydney summer southerly. It was my most frightening flight ever. It took the pilot 3 attempts to get on the ground. Every time we were over the runway he would just give it full power and take off again into the wind. The plane was getting thrown around like a toy, the lights went out, people were crying—it was insane. Enjoyed a few beers after landing that night I can tell you.
Are there any cities or club nights you’re looking forward to playing most on this trip?
Julian: There are so many places we love playing. San Francisco is always a favorite. They showed us real love ever since the first time we played there at Folsom St Fair. It’s like returning to family every time we visit.
“We all ended up scratching in the dirt with our feet like chickens afterwards…”
Do you travel with anyone specific?
Kim: We have our crew, an entourage in their own right I guess.
Which do you prefer, a smoky, low-lit club or a big stage with bright lights and colored gels?
Julian: They’re both good. Sometimes is nice to be in a tiny club, with no real stage, performing just 2 feet away from the sweaty audience—Cleveland, Berlin, Adelaide! Some of our favorite ever gigs have been in shitty little clubs. Of course it’s also nice to be on stage at a huge festival too. Big lights, big crowds. Plus when it’s night time, after a sweltering hot day, and the rain finally comes down on the crowd during the break down in your second last song—it’s the best.
Do you remember the first time you had a live audience’s complete attention?
Kim: Not really. It’s hard to tell if you have their attention when they tend to look like they are convulsing and possessed.
What have you learned about yourself from being on the road and touring?
Julian: That I am addicted to ear plugs and eye masks.
What’s the most memorable time you’ve had on the road outside of the club?
Kim: You mean like on the tour bus? I am afraid my most memorable moments on tour all have to do with pain in the ass tour managers; I am not going to bore you with those details.
How do you spend days off on the road?
Kim: Usually nursing a hangover. Try and visit some galleries and have a nice meal somewhere or get a pizza and a bottle of wine and watch some TV. Try and pretend I am at home.
Do you have an adventurous palette?
Julian: For sure. Dried crickets and mozzarella cheese with chicken infused mescal in Mexico City was pretty yum. We all ended up scratching in the dirt with our feet like chickens afterwards.
Do you have a favorite airline?
Kim: No not really, I can’t say I have flown them all. It would be easier for me to tell which ones I dislike the most. Perhaps I’ll keep that to myself…
Do you make a right or left when get on a plane?
Kim: First Class, Business Class, that’s how I like to roll when I can. I once read something that said, “Any flight over 2 hours should be a business class flight.” I like to try and live by that when we are travelling a lot.
Are there any airlines you won’t fly?
Julian: I’ve flown Aeroflot, so I guess no. I’ll fly anything.
What items do you always take with you on the road?
Kim: I take green tea from home, and a tea strainer. We get the good stuff sent from Japan.
Drink of choice?
Julian: A Negroni.
Do you read books on the road?
Julian: I always try and take a good book with me. At the moment I’m reading Murakami’s 1Q84.
Do you have any pre-gig routines or green room rituals?
Kim: Warm up, stretches. Boring stuff like that.
Talk about the most hectic conflict that you’ve been involved in.
Julian: Most hectic conflict? Wow, tough one. Certainly have not been asked that question before. Like most people, I try to avoid conflict, but occasionally it is unavoidable. Usually, and sadly, (and again like most others) I argue with the people closest to me—my girlfriend, my brother, my mother and my bandmate. I usually try and clear the air, so I end up on the same position as the person I fought with. It’s never about winning.
How, if at all, is being on the road conducive to your creative process?
Kim: It’s the exact opposite. It’s like the black hole of creativity.
Do you work on music while touring?
Kim: I can, but it’s generally hard, I feel like I can only get so far without being able to record sounds the way I hear them.
What the first thing you do when you wake up?
Julian: Pick up my crying daughter from her cot, or if she is already out of bed I pick up the newspaper from the front step and make a coffee.
What are the top 5 songs in your iTunes “most played” folder?
Kim: They are all works in progress from when we were making the album.
What do you look forward to most when the tour is over?
Julian: Apart from the obvious—seeing my loved ones—I look most forward to waking up in my own bed, good coffee, local newspaper, cooking, riding my bike.
You probably shake a lot of hands on the road, if people were really to listen after you shook their hand for the first time, what would you say to them?
Julian: It really depends on who the person is, and what the situation is!? You ask some very different questions. I think people generally really do listen after I shake their had… don’t they? I usually say “How ya goin’?”
Pacifica will be available in a super special 1500 copies only Deluxe Edition with lenticular case, hard-cover book and more. Preorder here.
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:
10/13 – San Francisco, CA – Treasure Island Music Festival
10/15 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
10/19 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
10/20 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
10/21 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
10/23 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
10/25 – Chicago, IL – Metro
10/27 – Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia
10/28 – Pomona, CA – The Fox Theatre