Interview – Low Key Crush

I recently reviewed the track Night Time by Low Key Crush and loved the sound the track had. I wanted to do an interview to find out more – you can check the track out at the end if you haven’t heard it yet!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a track titled Night Time, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the song? What does the title refer to? 

So Night Time is about the mood for where the song happens, the lyrics are all about the kind of anxious feelings you have when you wake up in the middle of the night and you can’t get back to sleep. The song is about wanting to get some control over your emotions, finding comfort in really strong bursts of emotions but kind of being at a loss in the long term without stability. I used to be a really good sleeper, but waking up in the middle of the night has been more of a constant lately and it’s been harder to put the anxious thoughts away. I think the lyrics are about trying to decide between either wanting to have some peace from anxious thoughts, or just going with roller coaster emotions and finding something comforting in that.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much? 

Yeah I think it affected us the same as everyone else, Melbourne lockdowns were quite strict so we didn’t see each other for long stretches of time and shows and rehearsals were put on a big pause.  

What is the writing and recording process like for you? 

The writing/recording process for Night Time and the EP it’s taken from was pretty multi-layered. We’d been playing the song at gigs before the pandemic and originally I’d brought the song to rehearsals which we’d then worked on. We tracked drums before the pandemic at a studio and then I think I returned to the studio a year later, in between one of our lockdowns, and I laid down the rest of the parts in the same studio over 2 or 3 days. Our first few recordings we did at my parents’ garage and then we sent all of the stems to an engineer to get mixed and in many cases had the guitars and bass re-amped, but this time most of the songs were all tracked in a studio. I like spending lots and lots of time working on the demos before we get there though and trying to work out what the best kind of vocals and reverbs and overall sounds are beforehand just using home equipment. I’m terrible at getting good guitar tones and mixing though, so it’s great once you’re in the studio and you have someone helping you dial things like that in. I brought a book to the studio full of notes so that I could recreate all my parts as quickly as possible. Studio time is amazing, but it’s like one giant cab fare and you can completely lose track of how much it’s all going to cost if you’re not careful!

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future? 

Definitely. Single releases have been our go to release!

Have you started writing for an EP or an album?

Night Time is taken from an EP that is coming out very soon! 

What/who influences you most as artists? What have you been listening to recently? 

I’ve been listening to HAIM, Arthur Russell, Lemonheads, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac and those yearly Apple playlists from around 1965-1975 (when I can use the apple subscription at work). I also place an unhealthy amount of trust and support in the Spotify algorithm. Over the pandemic, I delved heavily into music podcasts and This American Life. I think I’ve listened to their episode on the Golden Apple Diner about 4 or 5 times, that’s one of my favourite hours of listening. I love reading too and really really got into reading Tayari Jones books over the last few years. Silver Sparrow is my new favourite book. I realise that I haven’t mentioned any Australian influences but they’re there! I think my favourite Aussie band is Mum Smokes and favourite songwriter is Jake Core/Soda Eaves .

Where are you based? What is the music scene like in your part of the world? 

We’re based around Melbourne, Australia. The music scene was pretty amazing, and still is, but has definitely taken a hit with the pandemic. I’m biased but I think it’s the best music city in Australia, although I haven’t been to the other cities all that much.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?
Not at the moment. We would love to tour soon though. 

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

They can expect melty harmonies, swirling synths and kick ass drums. People should come see us to say hi! 

Any last words for the fans? 

Pretty much thanks for listening to our music, it’s one of the nicest things in the world to have your music heard.