In a sea of wannabe-famous musicians exists remarkable quiet achievers. Perhaps they’re not making the music that the masses listen to on commercial radio. Maybe their friends and family don’t even get the stuff that they’re doing. But they know deep within that this is their calling, and so they continue to create. But we know that there will always be audiences like us who crave such aural splendour. We are the listeners, they the music makers and here is the story of one who only goes by the name of Ealing.
What’s the first song you ever fell in love with?
It was Asleep From Day by The Chemical Brothers. My dad was big into his UK electronica when we lived over there and his taste heavily influenced me.
When making a new track, what comes first, beats or melody or something else?
I gather a whole idea for a song in my head first. In the past I would try and force a song a day, but I think I work better when I can sit down and go ’Okay, this is what I want, how do I get there?’ To actually answer your question, I usually get the sample/synth first and foremost and then I play around with that, making it sound good. Can’t build a song if you don’t have a good idea of what it’s going to look like first.
Tell us a bit about Juke.Tape.1 – what are your fave tracks? What challenges did you overcome to get this release out there?
I like them all, but my favourite track is probably the interlude. I was going out with a girl when I first started making the track and it felt like a melancholic song to me. So I let it sit because I was happy with things, with life. Things didn’t work out and I was caught up in my feelings so I sat down and really finished the song off, changing a lot of things to suit how I felt. I’ve never told anyone that, and didn’t expect anyone to figure it out, but I associate my own very personal, esoteric stories with songs. It helps me deal with things because I am prone to internalising feelings.
I think the EP made me anti-social for about a month from when university ended to close to Christmas. The crew at Dub Temple Records were extremely kind in hosting the EP. I had sent it to a few other places but in the end I chose DTR because they’re Brisbane cats and are proactive in the scene, which is always a plus.
I noticed on your Soundcloud it says:
[rare] independent artist messing with b̶a̶s̶s̶ ̶h̶e̶a̶v̶y̶ ̶t̶o̶n̶e̶s̶ everything. don’t call me a producer [/rare]
Can you explain your interpretive html code?
The html code is more an outcome of the sentence before it.
I feel producing has become the new ‘it’ thing and it leaves me disillusioned sometimes – not in a holier than thou way, I don’t want it to seem like that.
It’s me pushing back and saying ‘nah nah nah, don’t put tags on your work, it’s limiting.’ In this respect and in many others, Ta-ku is an inspiration to me.
I also like that your profile pic is a chick… do you consider yourself bit of a prankster?
It has two purposes actually.
At the beginning when I started this alter ego, I didn’t want to put my face up. I still don’t, because my friends will find me and I hate showing my music to my friends.
The only time I’ve done it is with the EP. One of my good friends tried to bump it in the car and I just shut it off. The ealing ‘alter ego’ is like a second skin for me, and when I’m ‘me’ around my friends, having ‘ealing’ present feels wrong. That sounds so stupid. I hope people know what I mean hahaha…
The second purpose is what you alluded to. Not so much being a prankster, but surprising people, or catching them off guard. I don’t know why, maybe I find the dynamic interesting because I’m fairly chilled and unassuming in person.
What’s next in the world of ealing.?
I just released a track with Lush Selects on Friday – heads up on Hardy as well, a future collaborator for sure. A beat-tape with Kid Yumi is finished and is just waiting on release with Growllective. There are also a lot of things in the pipeline, but I can’t really go into them as they aren’t concrete.