Interviewer: Jasmine Uitermark-Thaung
We had the chance to catch up with 2014 Triple J Unearthed High winner, Japanese Wallpaper before his set at HyperFest, rad backstage chats ensued.
What was your first experience with music?
My mum got me started on piano lessons when I was five and I hated it but she was like ‘You’ll thank me for this one day’ so I guess she was right! I’ve been playing music ever since really, and listening to a whole bunch of different stuff.
How did you come up with your name?
It’s from a band name generator online actually, it was just the first thing that came up on the thing and it worked.
Do you have any pre-set rituals or traditions?
Depends really, I’ll do some vocal warm-ups generally but sometimes I’ll brush my teeth before a show…yeah it’s weird I know but not really anything set though.
So you recently collaborated with Airling for the track ‘Forces’, how did you get into that?
Well I met her a whole lot of times and we kept talking about working on something together and then she came down to Melbourne and we spent a few days writing and recording to make the song. I’d never really written something sitting in the same room with another person, it had always been over email and stuff so that was a pretty different way of doing it.
What advice would you give to teens wanting to get into writing and producing their own music?
I guess just do a lot of it, that’s what happened with me. You’ve just got to work a lot and practice a lot. I remember at the start with me it was quite hard to be listening to all this amazing stuff and then go and write and have my work be completely rubbish but it’s important to not be discouraged by that and to just do it.
Listen to ‘Forces’, Japanese Wallpaper’s new collab with Airling here!
Image Credit: Fabrizio Francazi