Soul infused four piece, Electric Empire, return to Australia after another sell-out tour of Japan, taking to the east coast in support of their recently released EP Changin’.
The band have come a long way, travelled some miles and kept some good company along the way. They’ve played some of the UK and Europe’s most renowned stages, shared mics with WoS favourites Aloe Blacc and Ben L’uncle Soul, and are now back home putting the final dates on their month long tour of the nation, bravely bringing soul back to Australia.
We caught up with Jason Heerah, drummer for Electric Empire to discuss the new EP and all that’s lead to up its release:
As a band it feels like you guys have overcome some huge milestones, and whilst it could appear to the untrained eye that locally your hard work has gone (almost) unnoticed- elsewhere you guys have gone gangbusters! Is that a fair comment and how does that make you feel?
It feels great to be in the position were in at the moment. Were still completely in control as an independent band and we are very mindful of the fact that all our hard work songwriting to the creative direction, producing, recording and mixing has paid off. This work ethic is still the driving force into the next phase of writing and recording for us. The live aspect of what we do is equally as important as we feel that after every gig abroad we are scooping up new fans.
You’ve played alongside some amazing artists such as Aloe Blacc and Mayer Hawthorne, have there been any stand out moments and how has that helped your sounds and they way you work?
Yes we have been blessed to have been given these opportunities to help break overseas and to even a new market. I’d say this experience has helped by seeing how these acts like Aloe Blacc, Mayer Hawthorne, have found a way to release on a much larger scale commercially and still be in that soul bracket. Bringing vintage skills into today’s world.
How does it compare touring Australia to Europe?
Touring in Australia for a band like us has proven to be quite difficult. Music is so divided by genres these days and we all know in Australia curtain genres rule over others. The one big difference in, lets say, touring Australia’s 3 or 4 big cites compared to touring Europe where you can cover more ground and really make the most of performing in the bigger cities & towns in 2 months. As we’re Changin’ we would love to branch out to the smaller towns across Australia. Hopefully with a little help from radio stations in Australia pushing our current single “Changin’
Speaking of your new single, Changin’, can you tell us about a little more about it and the influences behind it?
It’s funny because this track was written with almost no reference starting out in the writing session. With the first album you can clearly hear the influences, but this time round we are experimenting with creating a sound which is ours. Of course, in production stage, references start coming out then let’s say Adele, Cee-Lo Green, Terence Trent Darby, and Amy Winehouse.
Your first full length was self funded did you guys be do the same for the same for this latest EP?
This time around we have had a little financial support from Peer Music Publishing for our E.P. and our upcoming Record. The first album we cut a lot of cost by using our own studio gear at my studio space in south Melbourne and also mixed there ourselves.
We needed that little extra help this time as there was studio time involved, a co-producer and mixing engineer which turned out to be a great learning experience for us all.
So what’s next for the band?
We have big aspirations for this band and we can’t be giving them away 🙂 its bad luck some say.
But we are going to be spending the new year early 2013 writing and recording our next Album. We have to get through the month of Nov 2012 touring first. Then there will be more touring for us as well next year too.
- 15th November – AWME – The Hi FI – Melbourne
- 17th November – Golden Days Festival – Sunshine Coast
- 23rd November – Mullum Festival – Byron Bay
- 24th & 25th November – Queenscliff Music Festival – Queenscliff