Q&A 2: Mailer Daemon
Here at TheOrangePress, we’re nothing if not unorthodox, hence not posting for months at a time, not covering all the hottest new styles popping up, and sometimes saturating the site with #MusicPeopleWeLove. Sydney’s Hiphop/Bass Music BADMAN Mailer Daemon most definitely sits in that latter category, we’ve covered him a bunch, including a previous Q&A, and we’ll likely cover him a bunch more. The dude is a straight up champion of production, still working hard to innovate and find new flavours that stand out from the pack, beyond the vanilla same-same Electronic music that tends to burst forth from our shores these days. Even his approach to album titles is somewhat different, with him following up his previous effort Ronin with, wait for it, Ronin 2, running with that filmic theme. The sequel, if you will. Maybe that has rubbed off on us, as here, below, you will find the first follow up Q&A posted on this site, and in keeping with his own naming tendencies, it henceforth be known as Q&A 2. Anyways, Mailer Daemon 2;
A signature element of the Mailer Daemon sound is that it evolves and mutates with the musical culture of the time, while suggesting where the trends will go next. Starting in the electro world, at a time where it was fusing with hip-house, then evolving into future dub and bass music while referencing rock elements such as shoegaze and post-punk. The Ronin 2 album paints the picture of the musical climate of 2015, and it draws heavily from the intoxicated and tuned top lines of Future, the post trap bravado of Yung Lean, with the production palette of UK Grime king Skepta.
Who makes up your band/act?
Mailer Daemon + Collab / Remix Alumni (Jackie Onassis, The Tongue, P Smurf, Jeswon of the Thundamentals, Jackie Onassis, True Vibenation, Omar Musa, The Herd, KillaKweens, Sage, Bag Raiders, Kid Fiction + More)
What were your influences when you first started writing music? And what are your influences now?
Post Punk > Alternative Rock > New Wave > Electronica > Trip Hop > Synth Pop > Post Rock > Dilla > Neptunes > Timbaland > Hip Hop > Electro > Dub > Dubstep > Bass Music > Pop Music > Deafheaven > Grime >
What are you working on at the moment?
Beats for my collaborator Sage. Some real trippy & dreamy stuff. Great to be back on the beats with fresh new ideas, it’s a cool excitement in the lab.
Do you have a procedure for writing music?
Try to sit down and do it, collaborate, write with friends, listen to other people’s music and provide notes, outline and mumble toplines, morph phrases into lyrics, watch interviews, have lunch, hang with friends, hibernate, make beats all day, daydream, eat, sleep, work, work, work work, work, work, and more work.
If you could collaborate with any musician in the world, Who would you collaborate with?
The whole One Day crew, they represent the Oz Hip Hop culture very well, I would love to jam and a get creative with them and share my ideas.
What do you think about Sydney’s music scene? And if you could play anywhere, where would you love to perform?
Hard working peeps I used to dj with like Hayden James, Alison Wonderland, and their team – have been nominated for Aria’s, that’s really inspiring and motivating to see the culture evolve and engage the world. If I could play anywhere, it would be the Metro, such an iconic Sydney venue, level up from there.
Seen any good bands lately?
Balkan Beat Box at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg.
Any interesting stories?
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Where are you playing next?
Oxford Art Factory Gallery Bar October 24th – Mailer Daemon ‘Ronin 2’ & Sage ‘Friend or Foe’ Launch – ORANGE PRESS REPRAZENT!!!
Here’s a fun interview with the inimitable Shantan Wantan Ichiban on FBI Radio…