Interview // The RAPTURE
Interview // The RAPTURE
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Interview // BEST COAST (#2)
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Gratuitous Burger Post
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Diplo Gets His Vogue On
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The name of this label has been interpreted in many ways; from 'bass-seekey' to 'base-ike', but the correct way describes exactly what this label is about: BASIC. Bassike delivers easily breezily cut staples with an interesting little twist that keeps them from being your run of the mill. For those that live in climates like that of Australia (where Bassike hails from) or Brazil, you'll know how easy it is to make fashion faux pas when the weather gets hot and the prospect of wearing anything but a bathing suit becomes slightly unappealing; Bassike is all and everything you need.
Game of Thrones
Before watching HBO's Game of Thrones, I assumed the series would tend a bit more towards the blood-dripping Danish movie Valhalla Rising rather than fairy-tale stories a lá 'Lord of the Rings'; and for that I didn't really like the series at the beginning. But slowly, I found myself submitting to tales of bad kings, midget juggernauts, savage warriors and... dragons. And that happened probably because there aren't exactly good guys and bad guys here, like there are in Tolkien stories - and that is, of course, a simplification of his work. Another reason I relented to this series is because of the intriguing political backstage element that leads to the ever-happening dance of thrones. Oh, and did I mention the gratuitous nekkid-ness?
The Norfolk // Sydney, Australia
Of the slew of new spots having opened up in Sydney in the last six months, The Norfolk on Cleveland St in Surry Hills has been one fated with success. Owned by some of the same kids that have brought The Flinders back to life (and currently, it's incredibly quick onset of 'The Norms'), you'll undoubtedly find The Norfolk rammed with all kinds, vying for a bite, a beer and a spot in the garden out back. The aim of the game is to cultivate Aussie pub culture at it's best; and it's doing a pretty decent job so far - if only you could get a table!
Super Sad True Love Story
Super Sad True Love Story is the third book from the writer of the best selling Absurdistan, Gary Shteyngart. Incidentally, I read him name dropped in Flavorpill's Ultimate Hipster Reading list and in the same sentence as James Franco (they're buds, apaprently) just before I finished his latest offering. Don't let any of that put you off, or take away any of the sad scary brilliance of Super Sad True Love Story; written from the perspective of one 39 year old Lenny Abramov, son of Russian immigrants and in love with the impossibly cute and cruel Eunice Park. A satire that cuts to the bone, Super Sad True Love Story is exactly it's title. And it's good.
Interview // Primary 1

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photograph by Illegal Tender 

 

The first I heard of Primary 1 was in early 2008, with Joe Flory doing a version of Metronomy’s ‘My Heart Rate Rapid’. He called it a ‘love letter’ instead of a remix, version or edit - and if he meant it as a love letter based on the quality of his interpretation, it was one absolutely signed sealed and hand delivered. Whilst Metronomy was still learning how to do pop, Primary 1 re-arranged the song into a piano tune with a  catchy chorus and weird personality.

 

Then I turned my ears to the brilliant single he had released a few months earlier (in the now remote year of 2007) called ‘Hold Me Down’. It's the kind of track that makes an artist an overnight sensation and kicks labels into starting bidding wars. But even though the single got a proper release (there were remixes from the Shoes, Yuksek, Rory Phillips and others) and praise enough from journalists, it somehow didn’t reflect back onto his popularity.

 

Primary 1 - Enough (Mess Detective)
 

 

But if one great single wasn’t enough to get people’s attention, now, we have plenty of good releases to choose from. We asked this Matt Damon look-alike (who sings as if he's black) a few questions, from working with Ben Affleck to his actual collaborations; but what we should have asked was "How in the hell do you maintain still being everyone’s favourite 'future star' for four years in a row?"

 

And from this normally precarious position, one of his first demos, ‘Princess’, turned into a single that received praise from erm, none other than Perez Hilton on his monstrosity of a blog, which was before Joe collaborated with Nina Persson from The Cardigans, to create the lovely ballad ‘The Blues’. He went all electronic with Riton via the songs ‘Who’s There?’ and ‘Radiates’, created a highly addictive chorus with the Shoes in ‘People Movin’ and kept popping up everywhere with remixes and demos. And Flory is still yet to release an actual album.

 

Riton & Primary 1 - Who's There?
 

 

The only thing more difficult than foreseeing when we'll finally hear his debut is to define the type of music Primary 1 makes. It’s pop, but not quite. It’s experimental, but you can sing along. As he says in our interview, it's the type of music that can make fans out of the likes of Erol Alkan to Perez Hilton. Perhaps it’s simply pop without the interference of labels and fashionable genre tags. Maybe it's just Primary 1’s interpretation of pop music. Anyway, it’s good.

 

 What's with the 1 in your name?

 

There's only really me making the music!

 

You have worked with lots of other artists, if you are so disposed to working with other people why didn't you join a band?

 

Couldn't find the right people I guess... That's the hardest part of being in a band!

 

It feels like you've been releasing a new song every month - when do you find time to write? Are you that type of musician that is having a coffee and writing lyrics on napkins?

 

I've been writing for years so there's a backlog of songs, actually releasing them is trickier though... Inspiration wise, I generally get hit out of nowhere. All the best ideas are quickly realised.

 

When you're collaborating with other artists, do you prefer to share the same point of view about the song or do you like the challenge of combining different ideas? Which of your collaborations flowed the best?

 

I think the collaborations I've enjoyed the most are ones where I just got to be 'the singer' for a bit. 'The Blues' and the tunes Riton and I did together were like that, a real half-half collab. I really like writing to music someone else has made because you get to enjoy it much more, you're not sick of it already. 

 

The Shoes - People Movin feat. Primary 1
 

 

Looking at what you've released to date, would you say that it's indicative of your evolution or is this just the way you write without thought of genre?

 

A bit of both... I think when this latest album is released there will be a very clear evolution from 'Mess Detective'. As to genre, I don't think I'll ever master one, I'll just do whatever takes my fancy that day.

 

Which album will be released first: your solo or the one with Riton?

 

I think mine first... And Henry's (Riton) will be solo also, featuring stuff we've done together and lots of other collabs.

 

Can you walk us through the 'Princess' video and what it means?

 

Basically the story of the video is: Joe gets in lost in desert, collapses, hallucinates, meets a magical desert princess, marches around proclaiming his love for her whilst being followed by 11 headless suits. 

 

The song itself is just about being 19, and deeply, naiively in love with some girl; the kind of in love where it's all idealistic and childish. Ha! So that's why the video is 'all a dream' etc.

 

Primary 1 - Princess
 

 

What did you think when Perez Hilton wrote about you? What do you

think about him? Would you release music on his label if he asked?

 

Yeah great!  A bit surreal. I love the fact that Erol Alkan AND Perez Hilton are supporters. That says something to me. Well...

 

If you had to be one of the chart topping acts right now, who would you be?

 

I like that one football song - 'Waving Flag'? I heard it in the co-op without having any idea what it was, and I liked it. So I can't not like it now. So I'd be them.

 

How many times in your life have you been mistaken for Matt Damon?

 

Who's that?

 

Would you ever work with Ben Affleck?

 

As what? I'm a worse actor than he is.

 

Could you scribble us a comic strip?

 

If you remind me, yes!!

 

Watch out for Primary 1's comic strip for IM//UR, coming sooooon...

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