Peach Milk’s syn­the­sizer sound

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - HUGH COLLINS

For Madi­son Eve, syn­the­siz­ers were a part of child­hood.

The 21-year-old now pro­duces and per­forms elec­tronic mu­sic un­der the moniker Peach Milk.

The Free­mans Bay res­i­dent has just re­leased her de­but EP Fi­nally and per­formed at The Others Way Fes­ti­val 2016 last Fri­day.

Fol­low­ing from its in­au­gu­ral sold out event last year, the event saw 30 artists per­form across 10 K Rd venues.

Eve says elec­tronic mu­sic was some­thing she was ex­posed to at an early age through her fa­ther hav­ing a keen in­ter­est in bands such as New Or­der and Kraftwerk.

‘‘Some­thing about elec­tronic mu­sic con­nected with me, also my Dad is a to­tal synth nerd, so we used to have lots of ran­dom key­boards and stuff ly­ing around the house.

‘‘So I guess I just started play­ing on those when I was re­ally lit­tle.’’

At about 15 Eve was in­tro­duced to record­ing soft­ware and dis­cov­ered the world of mak­ing mu­sic on a com­puter.

‘‘It’s fas­ci­nat­ing to me re­ally, I be­came su­per ob­sessed and was al­ways ex­per­i­ment­ing and mak­ing quite a dif­fer­ent va­ri­ety of mu­sic as well, not nec­es­sar­ily the sort of things I’m mak­ing now.’’

The for­mer Western Springs Col­lege stu­dent says Peach Milk has a strong feel of sim­ple melodies and chord struc­tures, a sound peo­ple of­ten de­scribe as ‘‘dreamy’’.

‘‘It’s sim­ple in that re­gard but then it’s also com­plex in the way of sound de­sign be­cause I layer so many dif­fer­ent synth sounds and am­bi­ent weird tex­tures.

‘‘I like us­ing in­stru­ments in a dif­fer­ent con­text or sounds that would maybe not be usu­ally used for the sort of mu­sic I’m mak­ing and us­ing them in a dif­fer­ent way ... I feel I take a lot of el­e­ments from so many dif­fer­ent gen­res and ar­eas of mu­sic and kind of mash them all up to­gether.’’

While there’s a priv­i­lege that comes with be­ing an anom­aly fe­male pro­ducer, it doesn’t mean Eve’s al­ways looked at the same as her male coun­ter­parts.

‘‘I do find some­times I can be to­kenised for be­ing a wo­man and hav­ing peo­ple be­ing like, ‘ oh you’re re­ally good, for a girl’.

‘‘I have had a few in­ci­dences of just kind of be­ing pa­tro­n­ised be­cause I have a tech­ni­cal setup.’’

Eve’s EP Fi­nally can be lis­tened in full at peach­­ She play’s K Road’s Whammy Bar tonight.

Madi­son Eve writes and per­forms elec­tronic mu­sic as Peach Milk.

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