PhaseOne Talks History, PLUR, Upcoming Collabs & More [Exclusive Interview]
Graeme Duffy, better known by the stage name PhaseOne, is a versatile electronic music producer and DJ from Sydney, Australia. He has asserted himself as one of the most consistent and significant talents to emerge from the Australian bass music scene in the last few years.
We at FITA were able to sit down with him and at Webster Hall to speak about his history, some upcoming collabs, the scene in Australia vs the rest of the world, and much more in this exclusive interview.
1. What’s the history of PhaseOne & the meaning behind your name?
– PhaseOne started off as side-project from the band that I was in at the time (about 5 years ago) I’ve been doing production for about 10 years, but never touched electronic music until I heard dubstep when I immediately started dabbling with electronic production. I wrote a few tunes and uploaded them online, then started getting attention and booking requests (having barely DJ’d in my life), so I taught myself to DJ… Next minute I left the band and Dubstep took over.
I invented the name from the audio term ‘phase’ and just added ‘one’ on the end, not very excited, but I think the name works well for bass music!
2. How do you prepare and what gets you most amped during a performance?
– I’m pretty simple, I like just having a quiet enough green room to be able to chat/network and have some quiet drinks with friends/promoters/other artists.
3. What is your favorite performance to date? What’s the craziest party you’ve ever been to?
– This whole tour has been incredible, it’s hard to pick a favourite show.. Most likely the LA Bassrush show I played, it was sold out and I had so many friends and other awesome Industry people there and was a really good debut show there which is important to me because so much of the scene is in LA and there is a good chance I’ll potentially move there in the next year or 2.
4. Being from Australia, what are some differences in the club/festival scene there vs here? What’s the furthest from home you’ve traveled for a show?
– The whole PLUR thing doesn’t exist in Oz.. That’s a huge difference. The American crowds I’ve played to all wear really colourful clothing (or barely anything at all) and have rave lights and ‘kandi’ etc, where Australians bass shows everyone wears black and mosh’s (almost like a metal show), which is why I think most people you’ll ask will say Australia is one of the best places to play because everyone goes nuts!
I’ve now ticked off Europe, Canada & America of places I’ve played, any one of those are the farthest seeing as it’s a 15-24hr flight to get to any of these places seeing as Australia is so far away.
5. What are the Top 5 songs on your ipod/that you listen to everyday?
– I don’t even use an iPod. I drive a lot and have a 6 stacker CD player which I have my regular rotation which consists of no electric music at all (unless I’ve bounced one of my productions to reference on my cars speakers). Some of my favourite bands that I listen to on the regular include: ‘Northlane’ (who are also Sydney locals, and I had the honour of remixing on if their songs ‘Rot’), American bands ‘Born Of Osiris’, ‘Veil of Maya’, ‘The Contortionist’ & ‘Between The Buried and Me’.
6. What’s your Top 5 movies?
– Jurassic Park, Anchorman, The Exorcist, The Ring, Paranormal Activities Series.
7. If you could sing one song on ‘American Idol’, what would it be and why?
– Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. It’s just one of the most epic progressive songs ever written and I grew up on that music.
8. You have made official remixes for Excision, Barely Alive and others so do you prefer to make originals or remixes? Favorite original or remix?
– I like doing both, I feel I can work a remix a lot quicker than my originals which can take months usually, but I’ve been know to whip remixes out within a week. My fav remix to have worked on is still ‘Rot’ by Northlane
9. So you love dogs? What is your favorite breed and why?
– I had a Black Labrador throughout my childhood, they’re still my favourite breed because they’re so loving and friendly and emotional.
10. Who or what do you look to for inspiration?
– Nothing specifically, it comes to me in the strangest moments. I often have bad writers block for like a month or so at at time, then the next I some how get on a roll and smash out a bunch of ideas, I’m not really sure how it works but it’s kind of comes in waves like that for me.
11. Amongst others, you have worked with BAR9 & Protohype, so if you could collab with anyone in the industry (dead or alive), who would it be?
– Skrill would be awesome to work with (as I think most people would agree). Otherwise I like to work with friends, and over the years so many cool people in this industry I’d like to slowly make my way through a lot of them to work with. IE, any of the Disiple boys.
12. What are you currently working on? Any secret collabs or projects? What can we expect on your upcoming EP?
– I’m working on a bunch of stuff, so far just putting together a bunch of orginals (for EP or just singles, still to be decided). And currently have a few rough collabs in the works with artists such as Figure, Krimer, Code: Pandorum.
13. Anything that you’re particularly excited about for the end of the year?
– I’m going to be involved in some super awesome shows in Australia towards the end of the year. I can’t give away too much right now, but I’m super excited about it!
14. What are your future plans?
– At this stage music is finally becoming foreseeable as a full time job for me, so I think I’d like to make that happen (as I still work full time back in Australia). I think potentially making the move to LA is on the cards and would be very beneficial as a career move, so we shall see.. 2017 will be very interesting me thinks!
15. If you could have any super power, what would it be?
– Be able to fly!!