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