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LOUD, EN­ER­GETIC AND WILD: WHY THE PRE­SETS AL­WAYS HAVE A BLAST PLAY­ING ON THE GOLD COAST

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - SALLY COATES The Pre­sets play NightQuar­ter June 29. For tick­ets go to nightquar­ter.com.au

The Pre­sets are a duo in a cat­e­gory all of their own. They’re DJs and elec­tronic pro­duc­ers, but their sound is unique to them. Whether it’s that un­mis­take­able voice of lead singer Jules Hamil­ton – deep, strong and ro­botic but also some­how so melodic – or the driv­ing, force­ful beats he and Kim Moyes make to­gether, there’s been noth­ing else like it since they burst on the scene in 2003.

Their first three al­bums hit ei­ther Gold or Plat­inum cer­ti­fi­ca­tion with their fourth al­bum, High Viz, on track to ex­pe­ri­ence the same suc­cess, spurred on by a nine-show tour that will stop in at NightQuar­ter at the end of the month.

While they didn’t ex­actly in­tend for the al­bum name to ref­er­ence the noble uni­form of our con­struc­tion work­ers, Jules is cool if that’s what you want. “I guess we had a feel­ing peo­ple might run with that in their work gear, we’re down for that – over­alls, high vis, hard hats – sounds like a lot of fun,” he says.

“We’re hop­ing to en­cour­age peo­ple to live a loud, bright, en­er­getic, wild life.

“We wanted to make a fullthrot­tle party al­bum and when you close your eyes you think of lasers and lights and jump­ing around. Live a life of high vis­i­bil­ity.”

While this might be the fourth al­bum, Jules says in a way it’s the duo’s first “true” Pre­sets record where they’ve col­lab­o­rated one on one.

“This is the first time we truly co-wrote an al­bum,” he says.

“In the past we’d come up with ideas sep­a­rately and send them back and forth, I’d sing lyrics over top and send it back.

“This time we were in the room to­gether and we dis­agree about a LOT.

“There’s about 40 or 50 ver­sions of Do What You Want float­ing around.”

When mak­ing new mu­sic, the guys try to avoid think­ing about what will go well and stick to their true sound.

“There’s def­i­nitely been points in our ca­reer where we’ve had to make a choice be­tween mak­ing some­thing we love or some­thing more cal­cu­lated,” Jules says.

“I think fans can sniff the other thing a mile off.

“I know mak­ing Paci­fica we had all these My Peo­ple se­quels and they rocked like My Peo­ple but they just didn’t feel right so we chucked them.

“We sort of feel like we’re in a world of con­veyor-belt, ma­chine-made gar­ments – we’re still there with our leather and hand­made shoes.”

This will be the first time Jules and Kim ex­pe­ri­ence NightQuar­ter’s live mu­sic of­fer­ing, but Jules is con­fi­dent their fond­ness for our city will only grow.

“All the GC mem­o­ries are fond ones,” Jules says.

“When we used to play Big Day Out, Gold Coast was al­ways the best – in the Boiler Room, filled with dust and the dirt and the crowd go­ing ape, they were very mem­o­rable shows.

“But even like 15 years ago we played Else­where sup­port­ing Cut Copy so it’s just us on­stage with an iPod, drums, synth, nei­ther of us know­ing what we were do­ing, play­ing mu­sic to 50 peo­ple and just rock­ing out.”

The Pre­sets are bring­ing their brand of party mu­sic to NightQuar­ter on June 29.

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