It’s been a big year for Melbourne-born Fractures. An EP released in July, internet success and a performance at Splendour in the Grass, made only bigger by his forthcoming EP launch shows and performances at BIGSOUND and LA music festival, Culture Collide. Though it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for Fractures (AKA Mark Zito). Late last year, in the midst of increasing success, Zito was involved in an accident that caused him to, somewhat ironically, fracture his neck. Six months’ recovery later, the multi-instrumentalist is back again, stronger than ever, fresh from his performance at Splendour and about to embark on his EP tour. We had a chat to him about his upcoming shows, musical influences and the truth about Bigfoot.
You had to cancel your debut show last year due to fracturing a vertebrae in your neck. How did the accident and subsequent recovery influence your music?
Initially it only stopped me making it. Purely because of the physical constraint of the situation I was in. Some slight mental boundaries in there too, but physical had already won the battle before they factored in. Ultimately, it gave me time to reflect on the songs I’d already written and how they sat side by side.
Basically, whether they complemented one another or not in some way and it resulted in me seeing that they didn’t necessarily. At least not all of them so I was able to make a more conscious effort to add to the catalogue from that point on with that in mind and I think I’ve stuck to it.
How have your rehearsals been going in preparation for your EP launch shows? Are you feeling confident?
I’ve got a good band behind me so that’ll rarely be an issue. Almost a case of us getting bored of the songs before the audience has a chance to. The EP shows won’t feature a vastly different set list to what I’ve played before at my previous shows, especially given that there have been only two of them in Melbourne at least.
So I feel I can afford to milk these tunes for a little while longer but there should be one or two newbies in there, and half of the set is unreleased as far as the audience is concerned anyhow. So yeah, confident.
EW compared you to Alt-J. How do you feel about comparisons like this?
I’ll take the comparison. They’re not a band I’ve listened to all that much but when people speak about them so glowingly most of the time then I’m not going to complain about being mentioned in the same sentence.
I suppose the comparisons serve me well in gaining a new audience more than anything – it’s not as though I like every artist I might be compared to but if someone else does and it brings them my way then I’m all for it.
The Melbourne music scene is particularly thriving. Do you feel you’ve benefited from it?
It’s dense. Truly dense. I’m not sure if I can give a solid yes or no to that answer but once you dip your toe in slightly it turns out it’s not as expansive as you might have thought. Everyone can be connected somehow which is definitely a positive for having access to creative people.
You’re playing at Culture Collide in LA later this year. Will this be your first time playing overseas?
Yup. First gig on foreign soil. Should be a laugh. I know very little about it but that doesn’t bother me one bit.
Are you surprised at how your music has spread internationally?
I’m still not totally convinced it has. Internet stats are one thing but until I set foot over there, play a show, and have more than 10 people turn up then I’ll still maintain my scepticism but hopefully I’m proven wrong. It’s still so early on in the piece that my expectations aren’t sky-high, but they’ll get there.
Your music has been doing the rounds on Hype Machine. Do you attribute this as an enabler of your music growing to a wider audience?
Without a doubt. You chart there and it’s pay day, figuratively, as far as streaming stats and the like are concerned. Get inside the top 10 and it goes a bit bananas for a few days which is nice but it doesn’t necessarily guarantee retention of interest.
As far as giving music a platform, mine in particular, it definitely put the spotlight on me, even for that short period, and gave me a more solid foundation on which to build.
What producers are you influenced by?
Ohhhh, none in particular. I don’t get too mired in the world of producers per se. I am a fan of Trentemøller, I’m not sure the influence is all too obvious with me though. None in particular come to mind.
1. Would you rather be part of One Direction or Five Seconds of Summer?
Five Seconds of Summer. The homegrown aspect wins out – and they seem to actually play instruments live. As far as I can tell.
2. If you could join one music act on stage during Splendour, who would it be?
Angus & Julia Stone and play blues solos over the top. Mash up, baby.
3. Favourite pizza topping?
4. If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?
Anything Home Brand, because I’m cheap and unreliable.
5. Do you believe in Bigfoot?
//Fractures – EP Launch 2014
FRI 8th AUG – The Vanguard – Sydney – Tickets
SAT 9th AUG – Northcote Social Club – Melbourne – SOLD OUT
WED 13th AUG – Northcote Social Club – Melbourne – Tickets
WED 10th SEP – BIGSOUND – Brisbane – Tickets
THURS 16th OCT – Culture Collide – Los Angeles – Tickets