You’re currently in Los Angeles. Why is it such a good place to work on new music?
Since I moved to LA, I became such a better producer because I started working with all these different people that come from so many different areas in music as well. Some are from the Berklee College of Music in Boston and are amazing musicians, while others—like me—come from dance music and sampling. You end up working with all these different people with different skill sets, so all these collaborations are probably what’s special about LA to me.
You’re a DJ and producer. What fascinates you about electronic music?
I grew up in a small town in Australia, and I had friends with older siblings that were really into dance music. Therefore, we got into it and started listening to Squarepusher and Kraftwerk. That drifted into raving and when I moved to London, I got so into the scene there. It’s such a great culture and fun community. I was on forums and love this side of it because I was finding new music and got to engage with the community.
During that part of my life, I was going out a lot and got into DJing. You make something, give it to a DJ, and hear it getting played in the club, which is so exciting. It’s also so fun to work as a producer and songwriter having that background because it helps me realize that all these years consuming music in that way is something I can bring to the table. Combining that with songwriting and pop music, which is, in essence, making the simplest idea, is the most satisfying.