Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Hi We’re Josh Graham, Therese Watson, Matt Niciak and Ben Fitzpatrick. We’re from Australia. Myself (Josh) and Matt are from the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, Ben is from the Nothern Beaches and Therese is from Narrabri in outback NSW. One of my musical childhood experiences was when I was very young, I wrote my first song “That’s The Way it Goes” and it was full of ‘perfect rhymes’ like ‘car’ and ‘don’t go far’ but I was only like 6 so it was probably ok haha.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

Our band is called Enerate, we come from a variety of musical backgrounds. I grew up playing thrash punk, Therese is a trained opera singer, Ben studied jazz drumming for years and Matty is a funk bass virtuoso. We got together and thought we should make synth pop! We’ve had a great career so far and it’s just now getting very exciting with the release of our debut album ‘Good Times Airlines’.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

Our genre is synth pop. But lately we’ve been calling ourselves video pop. Our debut album “Good Times Airlines” will be released as an Interactive Visual Album – an app you get on your phone where every song on the album has an interactive music video. Whether it be a game or multi tangent storyline in the video clip, the release is super fun and we’re very excited that it’s coming out on November 16th!

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

I am the primary songwriter in the band, but we collaborate on songwriting a fair bit. I also end up doing most of the production on the records. Therese plays keys, synths and samples, Ben plays drums and Matt is on bass guitar. But we often swap around on stage for whatever the song calls for. I also directed the music videos. But conceptualizing the videos was a team effort, the band all got together and thought up the craziest interactive video experiences we could think of, and then we brought it to life with the creation of the app and with the help of coding genius Seb Lecocq, our developer.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I’ve been playing music since I can remember! But I think I seriously started doing music in about 2011. It’s been a great experience. It’s hard sometimes when you’ve got your day job and then go and spend till 3am in the studio and then go to work the next day, but it’s a labour of love. You’ve absolutely got to love it! And we’re just obsessed with making music. We try and keep it fun and light. If you get caught up in the competitiveness of it all it becomes quite hard. And we just want to make songs, play them and have a good time. The interactive visual album that’s coming out on November 16 has definitely been our biggest goal for some time. It took a good few years to produce from start to finish! But at the time of writing, it’s coming out in 2 days time, and I couldn’t be more excited! As for our next goal! It will be taking it on the road and making a killer live show out of it!

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

I get inspired in those ‘in between’ moments in life. Like walking to the bus stop. Waiting for someone. Daydreaming. Those are always the moments that get me. Haha and it’s quite hard because they’re usually the moments when you’re late for work or have somewhere to be. Unfortunately I’ve become ‘that late guy’ in my circle of friends. Because you never know when inspiration will strike. But I guess I’m inspired by whatever is going on in my life at the time, and whatever I’m listening to or what films I’m watching. Transformation, travel and distance are major themes on the record, and that’s directly related to what was going on in my life at the time of writing.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Hahaha I wish there was one simple secret! It’s totally different for every song in our case. There’s a million ways to make a great song! My method is to try and get it all out whenever inspiration hits. Say I’m at the bus stop, I’ll sing a melody into my phone, tap out a drum beat and hum the bassline. Then punch some lyrics into the notes app. If I don’t capture it in that moment, sometimes I’ll get back to the studio, reach for my guitar, and it’ll be all gone. I also love pop music, so I try and make our songs as catchy as possible. The more hooks the better. And you just have to have a banging rhythm section!

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

We love you like we love chocolate soy milk. (Okay, so my weakness is chocolate soy milk.) Haha it’s totally not an adult’s drink, but there you go. Anyway that, and also our debut interactive visual album is coming out  on November 16th and it’s available on android and iOS. Just search for ‘enerate’ on the app stores!

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Do what you want with music. Don’t try to ride the current trend, just make whatever music comes out! Because you’ll get bored if you’re not making the music that comes naturally to you, and by the time it drops, the next trend will have happened! Also don’t let traditions and the status quo box you in. We decided to make an interactive visual album, and even though it was hard to communicate at first, it’s new and it’s exciting and as time moves on there’s so much potential to do new and exciting things with today’s technology.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

I believe we’re only at the start of our career, having just released album #1.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

We’ve had support from FBi radio in Sydney, Triple J Unearthed, RAGE, MTV and countless lovely blogs that have featured our music. It’s been so amazing to have their support over the years. It’s so amazing to hear your song on the radio for the first time, or to catch it on the telly. And blogs have been instrumental in our reach and our success so far, particularly for finding new audiences on the other side of the globe!

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

As mentioned earlier, I like to compose in my head, on the way home from work or wherever I may be, lyrics and music at the same time. I sing them into my phone, imagine the tone and timber of the parts, and then go into the studio, and look for that sound I can hear in my head. Sometimes it takes minutes! Sometimes weeks!

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

A few of my faves would have to be Gorillaz, Connan Mockasin, Jonti, Kanye West and MGMT.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

I’ve had the privilege of collaborating with some dope talent over the past 12 months! With Artists such as Isabella Kearney-Nurse in Port Pacific, Merpire, The James L’Estraunge Orchestra, and it looks like Julien Mier and I may be working on a track or two in the new year which is super exciting.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

http://www.enerate.com

https://www.youtube.com/enerate

https://www.facebook.com/enerateband

http://www.instagram.com/enerateband

http://www.twitter.com/enerateband

https://www.triplejunearthed.com/enerate

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

Download the interactive visual album free at: http://www.enerate.com/app

https://open.spotify.com/artist/2OAxRznGICv6WZYL0Mmo5U

https://geo.itunes.apple.com/au/artist/enerate/id526158855?mt=1&app=music

https://tidal.com/artist/7403350

https://play.google.com/store/music/artist/Enerate?id=Ajkkqhlbhkvhlj4xnewhcvbpep4

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Interesting question! My happiest day was very recently when we completed our interactive visual album! When I held it in my hands and knew I’d achieved the dream I had when I thought it up. It’s been a long road and it’s super rewarding to hold it in my hands as a finished product! My saddest day was when my dog Tess died. It was many years ago but I still miss her love and energy.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I would take a whole lot of time off work and spend my days working on the next interactive visual album. It would be a concept album from start to finish. And I would use the money to fund the project. If there’s any money left afterwards I’d use it to purchase 1% of a house in Sydney 🙂


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