Apr 10, 2013
The Presets

Australian duo The Presets have developed a cult-like following in the past few years, and hope to expand both their sound and their fanbase with their new album “Pacifica.” We sat down with Kim and Julian in LA recently to talk about their new sound direction, their favorite venues in Australia, and who has the better dance moves.

The Presets - Promises (Original Mix) [Modular]
LessThan3: Do you have any upcoming surprises this year? Maybe a new music video or tour?
Julian: There will be another music video, and one or two more singles. We will definitely be touring.
LessThan3: You guys are from Australia. What’s your favorite venue there?
Julian: There are so many. The Enmore Theatre in Sydney is a pretty rocking venue, but they’re all good. We’ve done some of our best shows in some of the shiftiest venues and some of our worst shows in some of the best venues.
Kim: The venue isn’t as significant as the crowd. We can play anywhere, but having the right people with the right attitude is what makes it awesome and worth it.
LessThan3: Are there any cities or regions that you especially look forward to on tour because of the food you’ll get a chance to eat?
Julian: Yeah, LA. Spain is always good for eating. Rome is also great. we’ve played once in Rome.
Kim: They have delicious omelets!
LessThan3: In past years, you guys have toured with Daft Punk. Are you excited about their new album?
Julian: They are so good! they’re one of those bands we remember when we were young actually being excited about when they were going to release a new album. Now we’re living in the age of the artist, when they never completely go away. They can take their time, go away, and come back even stronger.
LessThan3: How did you initially get discovered by Modular?
Kim: I was at a friend’s house one night working on music. The label head came over to check out some of my friend’s music and then at one point my friend said “you should play some of the tracks you’ve been working with Julian.” So I played some tracks and he invited me to dinner; that’s when he got his hooks on me. Then he met me and Jules at a cafe and offered us a deal.
LessThan3: What differentiates Pacifica from all your other albums?
Kim: It’s a big one! We are just trying to make as honest a record for this time of our lives as possible–trying to dig our heels in and make music that we really believe in. I think we wanted this one to be a bit more refined, but we still want the fans to have the same things that we’ve always wanted them to have; we want them to have a good time, and get sweaty at our shows, and be swept away by stories and sounds. We approached it with a tactic to keep it as a singular unit as opposed to being influenced by the latest trends.
LessThan3: If Obama asked you to play a set at the White House, what song would you open with?
Julian: Holly hell! Maybe Promises; it’s uplifting and hopeful. The video for If I Know You, one of our older songs, is filmed around the streets of LA, and in one of the shots it shows am Obama campaign poster. Maybe that track would work.
LessThan3: What is the overall message behind your music?
Kim: It’s party music–it’s that simple. The message is having the freedom to release yourself. Giving you the permission to do what it is you want to do.
LessThan3: Did you guys choose all of the images and text for the Promises video?
Kim: Usually for our videos it’s just a bunch of directors who get commissioned to make their own concept of the video. We just find the one that we think is going to suit the song or add a new dimension. The Promises video was actually an emergency; these guys from New Zealand called Special Problems created it in a crunch and we loved it.
LessThan3: If you could paint the sky in any color, what would it be?
Julian: I like it blue!
Kim: We have bush fires in Australia sometimes, and the smoke from the bushfire blocks the sun and creates this really hazy orange and pink-colored sky. It feels like you’re on another planet.
LessThan3: Out of the two of you, who has the better dance moves?
Kim: Julian comes from a dancing family, so they’re always ready to dance. My dancing style is inherited from our cousins in the ape world.
LessThan3: Would you rather fight five kangaroos or one crocodile?
Julian: 5 kangaroos, probably! there isn’t much to do with a crocodile; once they get you they don’t let go. Plus I’ve seen guys wrestle crocodiles, but I’ve never seen anyone fight five kangaroos. It would be pretty cool to capture that.
LessThan3: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes, and you had an iPod with every song ever made on it, what would you listen to?
Julian & Kim: Ride Of The Valkyries by Richard Wagner.
LessThan3: Describe your sound in LessThan3 words.
Julian & Kim: Move your hips.
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