Where did the name ‘Owl Eyes’ come from?
‘It's from a Devendra Banhart song. I thought it was striking and appropriate for my music.’
Talk us through your music-making process.
‘Usually songs for me start with a beat, then layers of synths. Once the song has a certain feeling, it will inspire words. When I’m away from the studio on tour, I keep a notepad and write down feelings, phrases or just little doodles to keep my creativity going. Later I pull little ideas from that.’
What makes a good performance?
‘I think if you can see the performer is actually having a good time and is giving everything they have, it shows.’
What sparked your interest in music?
‘I started singing when I was around 12 to combat shyness (of all things!) and I just fell in love with music. I loved the way it allowed me to express thoughts and feelings, it felt very natural to me.’
What makes Aussie music unique?
‘Australia is isolated from the fast-paced music capitals of the world like New York and the UK, so we are forced to create our own scene and that produces unique creativity that really stands out globally. People like Gotye and Flume are perfect examples of this. I think it’s a really exciting time to be a part of the Australian music industry.’
How would you describe your personal style?
‘My day-to-day style is usually pretty neat with sporadic pops of colour. My stage attire is really an exaggeration of myself, where I love playing with colours, clashing patterns, long kimonos and chunky shoes.’
What are the fashion items you can’t live without?
‘A pair of flatforms, nice pants, stripe top, cool sneakers and a super cute iPhone cover!’
How do you keep things fresh on tour?
‘A good face moisturiser and drinking loads of water. On the plane I use Aesop's facial hydration spray and when I'm getting ready, Benefit High Beam.’
Owl Eyes performed at the launch of the Tia Maria room at The Standard in Sydney. The Melbourne Tia Maria room opens tonight at the Ding Dong Lounge.