You've said previously that you don't really create music while you're out on the road because you've got your studio set up that you normally use. Have you had any downtime since you've released Singularity to relax and be creative?
It's mostly been about the touring. It's true, the stuff that I use is all old and hardware-based and that just draws me to being in my existing studio. I get it, say you get a week or two off here and there but for me, it's quite hard to get into writing with such a brief period. As I said, it takes me a while to come up with things that I'm happy with.
The last tour finished in Madrid a couple weeks ago and since then, I've had a little bit of time and I have started sketching something out which I'm quite excited about. As always, I don't like to rush the process. It would be very convenient if I could just write things on a laptop and maybe I should learn really! But the sounds that excite me just happen to come from particular pieces of equipment and it's always been like that.
That's alright, people are probably happy to wait another five years for the next album!
I mean, in terms of the full album, there will be some wait, yes. But I do have this idea of making tracks which fall outside of that traditional album cycle - just one-offs, and maybe collaborations. I like the idea of not everything being such a big deal. It'd be great to just release a single and not have it tied to this huge concept, so I'm working on that.
That sounds so exciting. Now, of course, you are heading back to New Zealand for Laneway on Monday 28 January. It kicks off in Auckland and then all around Australia. Was it four years since you were last at Laneway?
Yeah, it's probably the most fun I've had touring, to be honest. Just totally beautiful places and there's such positivity and enthusiasm in the crowd and you really get to play exactly how you wanted to and meet loads of other musicians. It's kind of a dream. There are many times in this job where things are really difficult, you've had two hours sleep, you've got to go to the airport at 6 AM and set up and do the same show 500 times in a row. You sometimes catch yourself feeling like, 'oh this is difficult'. But you should never forget that it's just the best job in the world and being at a festival like Laneway, it really is. Everything runs really smoothly and everything's fun and the crowd's always full of enthusiasm and the sun shines. It's a pretty amazing experience and it doesn't have so much of the drawling hardship of touring in other countries.
Thank you so much for having a chat with us, and we're hoping we might get to hear some more of these tracks off Singularity live when you're down here.
Yeah, absolutely. It's great to talk.