Number 07 - New Signings
The heartbeat of UNDR Ctrl is of course the artists. It's the bread and butter of our business and talent-searching is one of our favourite jobs! Since the First Birthday we've slowed this process down a notch, so when in fact we do announce a new artist to the roster it's because we simply can't leave without them!
This year it's been our extreme pleasure to be working with a selected new crop of talent. Rainbow Chan is the modern Australian popstar, and her forthcoming debut LP is going to blow minds and win fans around the world (big news next week btw!). yeahsure are the most talented local film makers out there and our new partnership expands our reach in the creative sphere. WRLD is our newest international recruit, and future superstar... and Third Floor is a close friend whose music was just too good not to work with and his project is one that excites us enormously!
From strength to strength, the release of Third Floors debut EP 'Dream State' has captivated audiences with it's marriage of both visual and sonic expression. We cannot think of a better opportunity to uncover his never-before-seen live show at our 2nd Birthday at the end of the month.
To delve even deeper, check out this Third Floor interview taken from the latest issue of The Brag.
Q: What can you tell me about your live show debuting at the Under Ctrl 2nd Birthday Party? Will there be visuals?
A: I'm really excited to play my first show as Third Floor. It will be an all immersive show which combines music, visuals, human movement and theatrics.
Q: I hear that you will be wearing a mask that interacts with your performance, how does that work and what’s the motive behind the masked anonymity?
A: The mask illuminates with different colours and velocities depending on the emotion and speed of the music. As a part of Third Floor, I wanted to create something fresh, unique and standalone and not linked to my existing persona 'Aaron Bannie'. By creating anonymity, the mask allows me to express a more emotional side of my personality as I am less conscious or hindered by social norms and constraints. Having that ‘faceless’ font gives way for a more romantic persona which can be expressed through my music and my show.
Q: Your music has a real cinematic influence, do you have any particular musical or cinema influences?
A: I'm influenced by all kinds of art in different forms whether that be music, art, dance or film and wanted to use as many of these elements as possible for Third Floor. Musically I grew up listening to a lot of trip hop and early house music, which has definitely filtered through into my production.
Q: What was the defining idea behind the chronological short film music clips for your ‘Dream State’ EP and do you have an eventual aim for them?
A: I wanted my music to tell a story, so we devised the concept of creating a short film to go with my EP so that the sonic story was enhanced by incorporating a further layer of visuals. The concept behind Dream State is a dark, ambient story of love, with all four songs reflecting different stages of a relationship. All four films clips are written to intertwine to tell this story.
Q: What was it like collaborating with Jonathan Vassallo (J Motor) on the videos?
A: Working with such a talent and creative genius like Jonathan was great. He and his team where able to take my ideas and bring life to life on the screen. Through this experience a great friendship has blossomed. You will definitely be seeing some further Third Floor & J Motor collaborations sometime in the near future!
Q: Do you have other projects or sounds that you’re working in/on besides Third Floor?
A: At the moment my soul focus is growing the Third Floor brand and continue evolving my sound. I'm excited about my upcoming track with Deutsch Duke called 'Can't do this Alone' which is due to be released in August.
Q: Which genre or music scene in the world is the most exciting for you right now?
A: To be honest I don't really listen to a specific genre of music because I love and am influenced by so many. That being said, the Australian electronic scene is doing really great things all over the world and I do love to keep up with all the local producers.
Q: Who are your other favourite local producers? And internationals?
A: My all time favourite artist is Massive Attack. They are pioneers of electronic music and they have a big influence in my music. Internationally, given my background I’m always partial to UK electronic music such as Snakehips and Bondax. Locally you can’t go past Flume but I am also loving the likes of Ta-Ku, Deutsch Duke, the Tapes, Kilter and Roland Tings.
Q: Are there any musicians signed to Undr Ctrl who you feel are your musical kindred spirits?
A: I love the entire UNDR CTRL Fam, however I have a soft spot for Nick & Stu from Set Mo. Having DJ'd with them and booked them for their first gigs back in the day, I've watched them chase their dreams, grow their brand and become one of Australia's best duos & producers.