Low Key Crush

Low Key Crush are Taycian and Tim, two friends from Melbourne who have been working on writing the greatest pop song this side of the equator. They work within the confines of indie pop, place melodies as the highest moral good found in music and mostly produce their songs out of a garage in Blackburn North, Victoria. The band are celebrating the release of their new single When You Are Leaving. Tim tells Hi Fi Way more.

How are going with the isolation situation?
I’m dealing with isolation OK. I’m a sucker for routines and I’ve gotten into a pretty decent one right now so that’s helping. Taycian (our drummer) has a little ten month old bub and has found that pretty challenging, unruly and full of surprises (her words). She tells me they’ve been doing lots of baking, initiating Charlie onto his first drum kit (pots and pans and wooden spoons) and dancing to Charlie’s favourite song Wham’s wake me up before you go-go.

Have you been making the most of the situation?
Yeah I think so, as much as possible without losing my mind. I get up early and exercise, spend some time reading and then work on music each day. I’ve spent the last month or so working on the release for When You Were Leaving and am finally satisfied that I’ve done everything I can this time round. We have about another EP’s worth of songs that are in various states of production so I’ve returned to them and also continued writing material for what will hopefully contribute to an album after that. Right now the band is Taycian and myself, and she recorded all of her parts for those songs late least year, so I’ve been filling in my parts and sending them off for mixing etc. since then. I also got sucked in by all of the masterclass ads on my feed and have now enrolled in David Sedaris’s class on writing and Reba McIntyre’s class on writing country music.

How has the build-up been leading up to the release of the single When You Were Leaving?
About as surreal as everyone else’s right now I think. Like everyone we had shows planned that have been put on hold, and not living in the same house has meant that a full band thing online isn’t possible right now. but treating this release like any other in terms of reaching out to people like you guys/ playlists/radio etc. has made everything feel slightly more normal and nice. Our bassist, Ella, departed in the middle of last year to pursue teaching and since then we decided to work on a batch of recordings which we had planned to make the most of with live shows this year, so have definitely had to reconsider our approach.

Was the process of making your single as challenging as you thought?
The whole process last time was exhausting, this time we went to a studio (thanks Headgap!) to track drums which was just heaven in comparison (last time involved tea towels on drums, tuning issues and loads of rented gear and YouTube tutorials). This time we had a great engineer tracking with us, Rohan, who took care of the session and it was a really enjoyable day (well for me watching Taycian do all the work!) All the rest of the parts for When You Were Leaving I recorded in my studio with some new gear I bought and apart from the odd lawnmower or overly loud magpie in a not completely soundproof room, it’s been pretty painless. i love recording so any challenges for the most part feel fun.

Is an album release far off?
We still want to release some more singles and the EP for this year so probably aiming for an album for next year.

Sonically, how would describe your music?
Our sound’s been described as ‘low res indie warmth’ and ‘like flicking through old Polaroids’ which I think is about as good as any description, definitely better than any I’ve come up with.

Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
I think Sydney artist Hatchie has been the biggest influence, mostly in being a great example of how to mine 80s/90s dream pop/shoe gazey music while making a specific type of contemporary pop. I love the character of her vocals too.

Best piece of advice you have been given?
This wasn’t advice that was personally given to me, but i was reading an article on Max Martin a few years ago where the reporter described Max’s tendency to play whatever song he was working on to whoever would listen in whatever state of completion it was currently in. Since reading that I’ve tried playing mixes of any songs we’re working on to anybody who’ll listen. Even if they’re not into our kind of music, and even if the song is at a very rough stage of production, there always seems to be something valuable in their reaction.

How did the band get together?
Ella and I, started the band in 2018 having played together lots since we met. I started writing some pop songs which I hadn’t really done before and asked if she wanted to play bass and sing harmonies on them. then we got in touch with Taycian through a friend of a friend and after a jam that was it!

Is there a meaning behind the band name Low Key Crush?
Ella came up with the name (miss you Ella!) and had always wanted to name a band that she was in Low Key Crush, I think just because she liked the sound of it.

When you get the green light are you looking forward to touring?
Yes, completely, can’t wait.

What’s next for Low Key Crush?
More singles and an EP this year and then an album. and hopefully lots of shows!!

Interview By Rob Lyon

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