Slumberjack

Bass-heavy and bombastic, frenetic yet lush, the music of Slumberjack is born from its Perth-based creators’ passion for contrast. Made up of DJ/producers Morgan Then (a 23-year-old Borneo-bred concert pianist and former world-music artist) and Fletcher Ehlers (a 21-year-old Australian native who taught himself to make electronic music at age 11), the duo dig into their disparate backgrounds to push into thrillingly original sonic territory.

Formed in 2013, Slumberjack initially honed their production skills by making remixes, but quickly went on to shape their own sound by playing off the contrasts at the heart of their collaboration. The result: an elaborately textured, artfully crafted brand of electronic music that’s kaleidoscopic in sound and intense in energy.

Steadily building a following through their “Slumbercams” (social-media-shared hangout footage of Then and Ehlers) and a self-financed tour around Australia, Slumberjack released their breakthrough single “Felon” through Perth-based collective Die High Records in June 2014. One month later, the duo signed to Onelove and set to work on their self-titled debut (which went on to hit #2 on the iTunes electronic chart soon after its release). By the end of the year they’d not only taken the stage at Stereosonic, but also racked up about 2.5 million plays on SoundCloud and made their way into major rotation on the Australian national radio station triple j.

With their musical influences stemming from things like film scores and Mongolian prayer music and Gregorian chants, it’s fair to say Slumberjack are emerging as one of the most exciting and daringly creative acts within Australia’s electronic music scene.

Artist Moos

April 13

When I Grow Up…

When you’re young, you always dream of what you’re going to be when you grow up… from a Ballerina to an Astronaut and everything in between. The artists on our line up are no different!

Before they hit the big time, they too had ambitions and dreams – some of them coming close to where they are today! We asked a few of them what they dreamed of becoming when they were a young’un… here are their answers!

 

Allday

“I wanted to be a basketball player who rapped on the side. Now I’m a rapper who plays basketball on the side so that’s okay.”

Amy Shark

“There were a few… Tennis player, Actress and FBI agent (I was obsessed with Scully and Mulder).”

Hayden James

“When I was a kid I wanted to be a Machinery Vibration Specialist, but in the end I didn’t get the marks so I had to be a musician.”

Slumberjack

“Morgan wanted to be a fireman and then aspired to be a stock broker. Fletcher wanted to be a robot scientist and later thought to be a chemical engineer. Look where we are now.”

Wil Wagner from The Smith Street Band

“Exactly what I am now except better looking and more successful!”

James Carter from Snakehips

“Spaceman.”

Sam Hales from The Jungle Giants

“There was a long time there where I wanted to be a jazz drummer. Studied up a lot and started playing in the young jazz band at the Conservatorium of Music in Brisbane.

It was an obsession for a good while and then a friend of mine at school wanted to start a band… That kind of ended the jazz train for me and put me on to writing.”

Michael Richards from Violent Soho

“I always wanted to be a rock star. I got pretty close by becoming a rock drummer which is definitely something I can learn to live with.”


April 25

Travel Tips From The Bands

Groovin the Moo is all about the road trip. Jumping in the car, putting on some tunes and heading to a new place for some exploring and plenty of memory making moments.

But as you head to these places, it’s only natural that you’d want a heads up on what to do or see! So we enlisted the help of our GTM artists to give you guys top tips for each of the regions on the GTM tour.

First stop on the tour is Allday’s home town of Adelaide, and it’s bustling with fun activities to get around. He keeps his hottest tips a bit of a secret, so if you want to know what to do and where to go, just ask him! “I’m from Adelaide so DM me, I’ve got thousands of tips.”

Hayden James’ uncle owns a café in Maitland called ‘The Favourite Chair’ and he swears it’s the best coffee in town. “My uncle said anyone with a GTM booklet can have their coffees on the house” – pre-GTM fix anyone?

Heading to up North to the Townsville show? Both Allday and Violent Soho recommend pre-event chill out time on Magnetic Island.

The nations capital may be best known for Parliament House and the highly-anticipated visit to ‘Questacon’ during your school years, but Allday has a sweet spot for Sweet Bones Café. Stop in on your way to or from GTM for a treat!

Local WA boys Slumberjack also recommend that during your trip to GTM Bunbury, you swing past the Busselton jetty “Which is a little bit cliché but it’s still worth the effort”. Oh and if you’re road tripping between Perth and Bunbury, The Smith Street Band swear by a little pie shop mid-way along the trip. They didn’t give us a name, just that “It’s f*****g delicious”.

Our travel experts also have some hot tips on road-trip essentials. The Jungle Giants recommend all the classic ingredients to a good time “podcasts, banging playlists and lots of sweet snacks”, similarly Slumberjack recommend, “an AUX cord…Good music turns a hectic trip into beautiful car-aoke with mates”… ‘Africa’ anyone?

And while Amy Shark’s car doesn’t leave without Red Wine and her toothbrush, Allday only packs the essentials “I need to have sunscreen because I’m pale.” Take note people.

Catchya on the road!


May 10

Things that have happened at #GTM2017 so far…

The first two weekends of Groovin the Moo have been EPIC! If you came to one of the shows, you’d know that some pretty awesome things have gone down at GTM so far, so we thought we’d give you a quick recap!

COLLABS:

Thundamentals x Loyle Carner

Photo credit: James Simpson

Thundamentals x Montaigne

Photo credit: James Simpson

Hayden James x George Maple

Photo credit: Wade Whitington

Slumberjack x K.Flay

Photo credit: Kane Hibberd

Slumberjack x Vera Blue

Photo credit: Brayden Smith

SPECIAL APPEARANCES:

Violent Soho had Grinspoon’s Phil Jamieson join them on stage in Maitland to perform one of Grinspoon’s classics! Watch it here. 

FAN TREATS:

Following this interview Dillon Francis did with Pedestrian.tv, we waited patiently for him to add Daryl Braithwaite’s ‘Horses’ into his set.. and it happened! As you can imagine, it went down a TREAT! Watch the video above.

Video filmed by YeahSure.

EXCLUSIVES:

Our friend Black Summer dropped by GTM Canberra to give us the EXCLUSIVE first listen of his new track and it’s a BANGER!


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