Enigmatic NZ electronic artist Lontalius, also known as Eddie Johnston, has announced his glowing new single Swim, a comforting, honest track about accepting the ups and downs of life, out now. Swim is also accompanied by a stunning clip, made in collaboration with Phoebe Gittins and Arty Papageorgiou (Pacific Heights, Whim, Weird Together). The prolific young artist has also announced his new album, All I Have, set for release next month. Lontalius will be joining Japanese Wallpaper on the road for his first ever Australian shows in October and November this year in Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and wrapping up in Brisbane. Eddie answers a few questions for Hi Fi Way.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of Swim and All I Have?
It’s been great, and it feels so good to be releasing this music.
Was the process of making your single and album as challenging as you thought?
It took me a long time to find the place I wanted to be. I worked with different people, tried different instruments, different cities, it was very challenging. My first album felt a lot easier, maybe just because it had been made in such a casual context. I worked on it after school, with no expectations.
Sonically, how would describe your music?
Melancholic pop songs in an atmospheric world
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
There are a few bands that I adored as a child and then gained more appreciation for later on, like Coldplay and U2. Obviously huge, mainstream acts but there is so many fresh ideas and experimentation in their music. It’s hard to fault.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
Just to be yourself. People will come to you.
What is the Lontalius life story?
I was obsessed with music from an early age. In my early teens I started doing lo-fi casio keyboard covers of pop songs and uploading them to soundcloud. I found my voice there, and have expanded on it since with more ambitious projects.
Are you looking to tour more broadly?
Yeah, playing live is something that’s become more and more important to me. Uploading music to the internet as a teen was a way of connecting with an audience, playing live is just another step up from that.
What’s next for Lontalius?
The album is obviously coming up, I’m very excited for people to hear it. From there, I can really do what I want. It’s going to be fun. I’ve got some cool things that I’m sitting on.
Interview By Rob Lyon
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