Posted On 20 Jun 2014
Q&A WITH “SCHIZO-POP” ARTIST CLOCKWISE
“Dancing World” is the first single and title track from Clockwise‘s upcoming EP set for digital release on July 15th. The Dancing World EP is the first of a two-part “ode to conflict, both internal and external.”
The “Dancing World” video follows two wandering, convulsing souls through the streets, from mundane domestic rooms into dark, spinning sub-realities. A simple message echoes: keep dancing and everything’s going to be okay.
While embracing its darker notes, “Dancing World” celebrates congregation, a song both hypnotic and free. The track is now available to stream on SoundCloud along with two remixes and a unique take on The Real McCoy’s “Another Night” featuring Stella Mozgawa of indie-favorite Warpaint.
Clockwise records, performs, produces, and mixes all his records, which include the critically acclaimed Classic FM and The Socialite. A SXSW favorite, he has toured with The Black Keys, The Wailers, Julian Casablancas, The Adicts, and Warpaint.
Known for his legendary, verbose shows (think LCD Soundsystem meets Nick Cave), Clockwise has fostered a loyal international fan base and a well-deserved reputation as an artistic wunderkind of the new generation of independent musicians.
Clockwise recently concluded a sold-out month long residency at Sayer’s Club in Los Angeles and additional performances will be announced soon! You can read my review from his Sayer’s Club residency here.
All Access Music Group writer, Nicole DeRosa recently got to chat with Clockwise. Check out the Q&A here:
How would you describe your music to those who have not had the pleasure to be introduced to your sound yet?
The best music ever made, haha. Mix Kanye, Bob Dylan, and The Cure — maybe that helps? I don’t bloody know.
Where did you grow up? How did your location influence your style?
I grew up on the northern beaches of Sydney. Growing up there was amazing as a kid, but when I hit my awkward teenage years, I found it too perfect for my stir crazy personality. It probably helped my parents sending me to boarding school because I loved that time. There was a lot of time spent by myself and in my own imagination, which to this day really forms a lot of how I feel and what interests me musically and artistically.
“Basically, I was a punk in the middle of a country club: they had champagne taste and I had a beer budget compared to the other kids. I just wanted to be someone else.”
What’s the vibe of your upcoming EP?
It is a prologue to the album, a small snippet of where I am going. I want to mix the rawness of my influences growing up with the abyss of modern music. I just know there is something deeper or unknown musically where I wanna go. Thats all I can really say about that 😉
What’s your favorite song on the EP and what was the influence?
It’s a song called War Story Part 1. It’s the last track on the EP. The influence was this: I wanted to make an Irish pub ballad about lost love sound like The Chemical Brothers.
What was the first piece of music that you fell in love with growing up?
I just had this question recently and it really took me back. The Beatles’ version of “Twist and Shout” on a 45 my dad had, and Tears For Fears’ “Shout” on my sister’s cassingle….remember them?
If you could meet any musician that isn’t alive anymore, who would it be? Why?
Don’t ever meet your idols. But if I had to, I think it would be Mozart because he sounded like a fun guy or John Lennon because he sounded like a good crack, too.
You have some great pictures on your Instagram that show your fun tour adventures.
Can you share with me any memorable stories from the road?
“We nearly got robbed by some hitchhikers on the road from Austin to Dallas once. That was memorable, but I would need 3 pages to tell you those stories. All I can say is, thank the universe for my mate Baydr and Kangaroo Pizza.”
If you were on an island and could only bring 3 things, what would you bring?
A laptop, a midi controller, and a microphone. And a lady friend, maybe, instead of the midi controller.
Eh soooooooo many funny things. I do a lot of stupid things in the middle of shows: I get stuck up on high speakers, I get my microphone tangled in the crowd, I don’t know how. A year back, I accidentally got up on a couch at The Sayers Club and I thought the crowd was really into it, but they were actually freaking out that I was stepping on a famous celebrity’s hair (celebrity will remain nameless). They were really cool about it, though.
What types of things do you do when you are not playing music?
I watch the World Cup, I box. I hang out with my always entertaining crew, who never cease to burn the candle bright. I drink lots of coffee, solve the world’s problems… Thats about it.
Do you have any hidden talents we don’t know about that you would like to share?
I’m great at sleeping.
What’s up next for you this year?
Running for Governor of California….wish me luck!
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