THE BEST FOR LAST
Born and bred on the Gold Coast, siblings Josh and Amy Dowdle are well on their way to being electronic music’s next big thing
After being selected as finalists for Triple J’s annual Unearthed High competition and playing at Byron Bay’s Falls Festival, things have taken off for this smooth indie electronica duo. At just 22 and 17, Josh and Amy Dowdle have already supported Aria winners Rufus, released two EPs and toured the country. Where did the name Lastlings come from? Amy: Lastlings comes from a short story Josh wrote in high school. It was a post apocalyptic kind of vibe, everything was overgrown and what was left were these aimlessly wandering creatures. The “lings” bit of the name has a bit of a play on words with siblings too. Josh: I only started playing guitar when I was in my last year of school and Amy had always played piano and sung, but we never really did any music together until our friends and family told us to. We got into the style of music we do by accident. Our first song Verona was where everything started. We had a basic song written on guitar and then we took it to our friend and local producer GOVS to collaborate on. What is it you like about that genre? Josh: It’s so versatile and always evolving. Using sounds and textures that you’ve found or recorded yourself keeps the process fun. One thing we did for the intro track was play a whole guitar part and then stretching the audio, chopping it and pitched it up and down to get some interesting almost dinosaurlike sounds. Who are some of your biggest present-day influences? Amy: Our musical influence is pretty broad, from classical music to hip-hop to tech house, but in terms of sound and direction we really love what James Blake, Jamie XX and Nicolas Jaar have done with their projects. We were lucky enough to tour with Rufus and not only is their music amazing, but hanging out with them and seeing how nice and humble they are is really inspiring. Is the Coast a tough place to be a burgeoning muso? Josh: It has been a little tough unfortunately. We’ve only played in our hometown a few times and it’s mainly because of the lack of venues or show nights that are appropriate to the music we play. Our strongest pull for shows and online streams are definitely cities like Melbourne and Sydney. Although, I think more and more people are catching on to our genre of music and appreciate that we are creating songs that they haven’t heard similar to.
Siblings Joshua and Amy Dowdle are Lastlings.