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

Patrick from Only Objects here! Only Objects are Patrick, Cam, Jazzcat and Gerard. We’re all from Australia. I can only speak to my childhood, but I was born in Adelaide, South Australia, and grew up between the north-eastern suburbs and the Adelaide Hills. Childhood for me felt like a long wait for adulthood to begin – I always had big plans, big ideas, and I wanted to get started straight away!

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

I started playing the bass in high school, because you could get free music lessons so long as you had an instrument – my Dad owned a bass from his days as a DIY punk musician (which is quite a story in itself), so I got my hands on it and started learning. I drifted in and out of a number of different bands and styles for years, playing everything from pop to folk to post-rock (picked up the mandolin and the banjo somewhere along the way), until I became really interested in the possibilities of electronic music.

I started producing and performing as a solo electronic artist back in 2013. After a few years of that I realised my production skills just weren’t where I wanted to be and I wanted to focus on performing and writing, so I sought out a band of like-minded individuals. I was very lucky to connect up with Cam, Jazzcat and Gerard, who are all exceptionally versatile, jazz-oriented musicians who play anything and everything, and adore a challenge.

The name ‘Only Objects’ actually came from opening a book randomly and pointing at a page. I believe it was a collection of Emily Dickinson pieces, but I’ve never been able to find it again, so I just put it down to cosmic luck.

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

Everything about ‘You Only Kill For Love’ is conceptual! I was sitting at my synth one day and hit upon a chord sequence that sounded like it should be a Bond theme song. I love espionage fiction (I actually have a PhD in it, believe it or not), so I thought it would be a fun challenge to try and write the quintessential spy theme. I listened to everything I could get my hands on, synthesized as best as I could and came up with the bare bones.

Then I took it into the band and we worked it up in the rehearsal room, adding little touches like the dubstep drop and really pushing it as far as it could go. We love mashing genres together, so this all came pretty naturally to us.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

An odd quirk of mine is an obsession with structure – I find the ‘rules’ of electronic music sub-genres fascinating, like how trance tracks have to have drops and builds at specific places, or the required BPM for different house variants et al. I love the challenge of trying to restrict myself to writing in different sub-genres, but still approaching it as an organic, cathartic experience.

As for the music business, well, there will be good days and bad ones. Sensational gigs and soul-destroying ones. The key is persistence and the development of both infinite patience and a thick skin.

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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.

We recorded the basic tracks with our regular engineer/collaborator Alex Mader, who performed a basic mix, before we handed the stems over to Datafire Audio for production. We’ve worked with Datafire a few times before (he makes sensational EDM under the name of ‘Nox’ and remixed our single ‘Black Lipstick & Broken Hearts’) so it was a very collaborative, intricate process from there on in.

He really went above and beyond on this, as well – really tried to capture the indefinable character that we were looking for. Any chance to add drama, tension, bombast – he was the guy. The whole process was a pleasure.

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

The band has been around in its current form since 2015, and we’ve had a lot of amazing opportunities thus far, from playing at various Futuresounds Festivals, to touring and sharing stages with some amazing Australian electronic artists including The Swiss and Nina Las Vegas.

In 2018 we’re going to be releasing several singles and the hope is really to get our name out there more and tell the world about Only Objects!

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

In terms of the songs that I write, despite the nods to structure (and occasionally tongue in cheek attitude), they’re largely personal. I have always viewed songwriting and performance as an intrinsically cathartic experience – what keeps me sane (bizarrely enough) is getting out in front of strangers and singing/yelling about things every once in a while.

I guess it must seem trite, in 2017, to be writing on matters of the heart. After all, what can be said that hasn’t been said before? But I believe it’s a shared human experience, one that we can all identify with. At the end of the day, I have always written what I know (to do anything less would be disingenuous) and this is what I know.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Well that depends very much on your definition of ‘hit’ now, doesn’t it? If  you mean a song that is artistically successful on its own terms, then surely all it should require is dedication to quality and a commitment to remain true to yourself. If you mean in the commercial sense… well there is no answer. A ‘hit’ is a million to one chance. Though as Terry Pratchett said, “million to one chances crop up nine times out of ten”.

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

Thank you for listening to what we have to say. In this day and age, where music is so ubiquitous, any time you take to focus on one artist is precious. It means a lot to us.

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

Once more, persistence, patience and a thick skin.

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

This is actually our fourth single and every one so far has been in a different genre! Our debut tune ‘Dress for the End’ is a sort of hybrid jazz/acid house throwback dance track, while ‘Black Lipstick & Broken Hearts’ is pure, joyous electro pop. Our last single ‘Sway (feat. Alice Girl)’ is a deeply personal spoken word/tone poem/trip hop style tune. We like a little of everything!

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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 received great support from the community music sector in South Australia, including Fresh 92.7, Radio Adelaide, PBA FM and 5 Triple Z. We had some nice notices about ‘Sway’ from London blog Mystic Sons as well, and we’ve been featured on websites as diverse as YEWTH and Tulpa Magazine.

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

I will say that it’s not an exact science! Sometimes the lyrics come to me as I’m writing, sometimes I sit staring at a chord progression for six months before anything comes to mind. Something I’ve done in the past few years is stick lyric ideas on the wall in my study as they come to me. One day, I looked at four of said lyrics sitting next to each other and realised they were a verse! Four hours later I had demoed ‘Black Lipstick & Broken Hearts’. Serendipity is a funny thing.

Composition is often a structural process, as mentioned earlier. I sometimes find a particular genre I want to write in and start with the basic ‘shape’, before adding twists and turns of my own. This then gets further work-shopped (and, usually, much more twisted) when I take it into the band.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

I love all sorts of music, so this is going to seem a little all over the place, but here goes:

Depeche Mode

Miles Davis

The Streets

Pink Floyd

The Pogues

Depeche Mode is probably my biggest inspiration for this particular project, please don’t take the others as indicators of our sound! Well, possibly a bit of The Streets…

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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.

We’ve been lucky to collaborate with some incredible Adelaide-based vocalists and producers, including Alice Girl, Matiah, Damian West, Alêtro, Tim Whitt, Nox, A-Duff, freezedream and many others.

We are always open to collaborations! I really enjoy finding out what other people hear in our music that we don’t. In a perfect world, I would love to do something with Dave Gahan or Martin Gore from Depeche Mode.

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

https://www.facebook.com/onlyobjects/

https://soundcloud.com/onlyobjects

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

https://futuresoundsadelaide.bandcamp.com/

https://open.spotify.com/artist/1ZmC4TipVmVBsTsrEwMIR7

https://itunes.apple.com/au/artist/only-objects/1244027984

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

It’s difficult to talk about sad days, because in my experience sadness is usually combined with other emotions as well – those could be anger, or depression, or desperation, or all of the above. I’ve had my fair share of all of those feelings, spread over many days. That’s just life.

As for the happiest day? Well, let’s hope that my happiest day is still ahead. Somewhere.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

After I had made sure that my nearest and dearest were looked after, you had better believe I’d be recording the biggest, boldest, most cathartic album I could possibly manage with the band.


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