Led capably by creative tyro Josh Simons, Melbourne’s Buchanan have been making waves internationally with their polished take on Indie Pop. Calling in some heavyweight help, in Catherine Marks (Foals, Interpol, Death Cab for Cutie) and Tim Cross (Mike Oldfield), to produce their debut album Human Spring, it’s been a big year for the lads-they’ve recently decamped to London, to better support their growing popularity in that part of the world. We caught up with Josh to talk all things Buchanan…
Tell us in your own words what your sound is.
Well, initially the sound could probably have been described as soft-pop-rock or something to that effect, but I’d like to think that over the last 3 years it’s definitely morphed into a sound of its own, born out of a regular collaboration between me and my musical friends.
Who makes up your band? How did you meet?
The band, as a touring and promotional unit, has always kind of been made up by whoever did the most work on the release that we’re currently promoting. Buchanan has always been me and then whoever from my colleagues is interested in writing or collaborating on the latest project. So for ‘Human Spring’ it was myself, then Luke who plays guitar, and then Miles on bass and Tom on drums. Luke and I met in 2008 when he was playing in another band and I had a crack at managing them for a bit. Miles and I went to school together and he’s played in Buchanan more or less since Day 1. Tom was introduced to us by our old label.
What were your influences when you first started writing music? And what are your influences now?
Probably a lot more traditional rock when I first started writing. I’m far more into hip hop and 80s influences at the moment. I do like to consciously switch up my influences every few years as they inevitably bleed into your current work.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m writing for some other artists in England at the moment and will start work on Buchanan’s second album towards the end of the year.
Do you have a procedure for writing music?
Not really. No two songs have come out the same way – I think as a writer, all you can do is put yourself in an environment where if inspiration comes along or you hear an idea, you can quickly and easily get it down. For me, that means being free after midnight and in my studio. There are most definitely days where that leads to nothing, but then there’s weeks where every night a new idea comes along.
If you could collaborate with any musician in the world, who would you collaborate with, and why?
Probably No I.D. The list of people he has written with and produced for is unparalleled and witnessing his rise in the industry leaves you in aspiration.
Well I’ve just touched down in London town. Obviously the city is famous for its music scene and it’s very much a part of why I’m here… So I’ll let you know after I’ve found my feet in a few months! I’d love to play in South America – they supposedly have the best crowds in the world.
Seen any good acts lately? Who are you digging?
Truthfully I haven’t been to many gigs at all lately. We’ve been touring since June and the weekends we’ve had off I’ve been enjoying to myself. I’m seeing Jay-Z in a couple of weeks which is always a great experience.
Any interesting stories?
We were doing an interview at 2DayFM in Sydney when I got momentarily stuck in a lift with Jackie-O. Wasn’t particularly embarrassing but certainly a touch random!
Where are you playing next?
I’m going to be doing some acoustic shows around London at some point in the near future but we’re going to put the breaks on the full show for the rest of the year while I start work on the next album.