Apr 07, 2011 12:00AM

Seekae Interview

We were all high on Coca-Cola and salt-and-vinegar chips.

I'm a staunch advocate for nice people, particularly if they're talented. This is the case with George Nicholas from Sydney electronic trio Seekae, who breezed me through my first-interview-ever nerves by being nothing but friendly, despite being locked out of his own home. George took up a perch in the sunshine to chat to me about the new album, that scandalous leak and all things Starcraft.

Oyster: Hi! How's your day going?
George: It was going really well until I got locked out on the balcony. I'm going to be out here all day!

Congratulations on the release of the new album! Is that exciting? Have you got any big parties planned to celebrate?
Nah, not really. Its weird, the album got leaked on the internet about a month ago, so we haven't put as much emphasis on the actual release itself, its kind of taken away from the launch date.

How did the leak happen?
I've got my suspicions that this journalist in Brisbane did it. I'm not going to name any names. I don't think I could really get upset about it. I've downloaded a lot of music before release dates, and I was happy I could. I felt like it was an exclusive club or something, like I was part of this thing where you get access to things early.

You don't see it as a hindrance to your progress at all?
I kind of see it as we might be losing some money, if we were going to make any money from this record anyway, but it's not that much of an issue for me really.

+Dome is very different to your last album, you sound a lot more self-assured. What's made you grow as musicians?
I think the main thing was just being conscious of who are as musicians. The sounds on the new album are a lot more stripped back. We might have matured since the last record. Everything's kind of 'duller' in a way, but I don't want to say that because it has negative connotations. But everything was a lot brighter and happier on the last record, this one's a lot darker.

It didn't take me long to discover that you guys are actually massive nerds...
[Laughs] I wouldn't write that on my resume, but we like computers and stuff yeah.

I read somewhere that you versed Cloud Control in Starcraft on your tour with them. Who won?
I think I said in other interviews that we did, so I'm going to keep it as that. [Laughs] I can't actually remember. We were all high on Coca-Cola and salt-and-vinegar chips.

Do you think this love for computer games influences your music?
I guess so, yeah. I think in the first album, older video games kind of showed through.

Like your 8-bit type stuff? Snax for example?
Yeah that really showed through. Square waves and what-not, and also newer video games as well. My favourite album is just a soundtrack for a game.

Did you play any Starcraft with Mount Kimbie?
No, we didn't get to play; it was a completely different vibe. They were all party; we kind of went on a 3-day bender. Those guys love to party. It was really fun, it was a good tour.

To me it sounds like your music is designed for a fairly niche audience. Do you have any weirdos turning up at your gigs?
Lots of weirdos yeah! But, at the same time, I don't look at ourselves as being particularly experimental and making albums that are totally inaccessible.

In one sentence, tell us why we should go and see you at Manning Bar.
'Cause there'll be lots of quality bands playing!

+Dome is out now through Rice is Nice and builds on Seekae's mastery for creating intricate, beat driven tunes, as seen on their debut album. Checking them out on their tour will make you want to dance, press some buttons and make some noise.

Tour dates:

Brisbane  Friday 15 April, Woodland (moshtix.com.au)

Sydney  Saturday 16 April, Manning Bar (oztix.com.au // moshtix.com.au)

Melbourne  Monday 25 April, The Toff (moshtix.com.au

www.seekae.com/

Latest


Did You Notice What Meadham Kirchhoff Used As Earrings This LFW?

PLUS, out fashion editor's top picks of the week!


Watch Oyster x Camper Part #2

And see our stomping, sneaker-inspired beach shoot.


Gucci SS15 Show Notes @ MFW

That 70s Gucci.


Backstage: Fashion East @ LFW

Featuring the SS15 collections of Ed Marler, Louise Alsop & Helen Lawrence.


Submit Your Banal Detrius To Nick Cave's Online Musuem

Random ephemera that kind of means something to you, wanted.


The Average Tumblr User Makes $80K Per Year

Money rules everything around them.


Facebook To Meet With LGBT Community Over 'Real Name' Rules

After forcing people to use their legal names on profiles.


LFW Diary: Day #4 & #5 Feat. Ryan Lo, Fashion East & More

Plus backstage images from Ryan Lo’s tropical paradise.


Watch The Bell Knox Documentary Series

The Duke adult film star on being outed and #pornstarproblems.


Ashish Repped Kim & Kanye @ LFW

As well as One Direction, Miley Cyrus and amyl.


Andreja Pejic Did A Reddit AMA

Read the highlights.


Burberry Prorsum SS15 Show Notes @ LFW

Spring time, ring a ding a ding time!


Lena Dunham & Bill Cosby Share Words To Live By

And other things we learnt from her Proust Questionaire.


Grimes Drops Amazing 'Bedtime Mix' On BBC Radio 1

Feat. Aphex Twin, Patsy Cline, Portishead and more.


Frank Ocean Gets New Management

Signs with Calvin Harris and Deadmau5 group.


Snoop Dogg Tweets, Instagrams Homophobic Slur

Then deletes it less than an hour later.


Oyster Playlist: Nicky Night Time

A celebration of cut and paste.


Holly Childs Is Your New Favourite Young Oz Writer [Interview]

We talk to the Melbourne-based writer, editor, internet artist and curator for Oyster #105.


Australian Artist Jonathan Zawada Tattoos Billionaires [Interview]

We talk rainbows, sportswear and Aussies in LA in Oyster #105.


Exclusive: Stream Perfume Genius' 'Too Bright' Album

PLUS read his Imaginary Dating Profile!


News Flash: Everyone Is Single

For the first time ever, singles are the majority.


Beyonce MIGHT Be Pregnant Again

Jay's words guys...Jay's words.


Amy Winehouse's Statue Is Staring At You

Look into the eyes, the eyes, the eyes.