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Machine Translations Q&A

Describe your sound in 5 words or less?

Patterns of strangeness and light.

If your music was an artwork what would it look like?

Elements of:  a horse, a bird, a horizon, a breaking wave

Who’s your favourite artist/artwork?

Gaugan for his colours, Vermeer for his freakish realism.

What’s your favourite gig you have played to date?

Supporting PJ Harvey a few years back there were some great moments.

What inspires/influences your music the most?

The mystery of life and death really – I’m always trying to get to the other side of it.

What song do you wish you wrote?

I wish I wrote Adelphi Apartments by Tiny Ruins – one of the all-time great songs and no-one knows it yet.

What part of making music excites you the most?

The act of creation – in the studio working on a new piece, or live when things take off in a new direction. I don’t like safely replaying the same music over and over which is why I work in the studio a lot and make a lot of different kinds of music. I like being way out on a limb with a blank page and an ink pen in my hand when the recording light goes on.

What can a punter expect from your live show?

This show has a lot of driving acoustic guitars, spooked out melodies and I guess some fairly explorative lyrical material. It’s a darker narrative on this new record and the show is going to be pretty intense but also musically innovative in that we use a lot of samples and effects as well.

Tell us about the last song you wrote?

I finished this new record  which took an age to make, and then started reacting against it by writing and recording a bunch of stripped back raw songs – every song had to be written and recorded within 4 or 5 hours. So far so good….

What is the most exciting thing happening now in the Melbourne Music scene?

I think the same things excite me about the Melbourne scene as they always have – the musicians are committed and supportive of each other, the venues support the musicians, and most importantly the punters give a shit about art. They’re the ones who push us along.

Machine Translations will be performing this week at Friday Night’s at Monet’s Garden. To book tickets click here