Chrome Sparks On His Spiritual Home Away From Home Australia

Written By Sam Murphy on 02/23/2016


For someone who is only about to visit Australia for the second time it feels like Chrome Sparks is one of our own. The Brooklyn producer has been releasing music through local label Future Classic, has produced a song for Elizabeth Rose and has done remixes for Aussie artists like Carmada. That's the way the internet works these days. It takes one person to reach out and suddenly the internet becomes physical and geographical.

Since Chrome Sparks toured here last he's released the brilliant Parallelism EP and will be playing it live in clubs around Australia, also joined on a few shows by Cyril Hahn. He will be bringing his music to life with the help of a drummer, transcending crowds with his bold, dense brand of electronica.

We spoke to Chrome Sparks about his "spiritual home away from home," his move into the world of producing for other artists and how he is finding playing the EP live so far. Also, check the tour dates below.

From remixing Carmada to producing for Elizabeth Rose and touring here you’ve got a pretty good relationship with Australia. How did that start?
It started with Future Classic reaching out to say hey and since then it’s been a whirlwind! I can’t believe I’m about to visit for only the second time, Australia feels like a spiritual home away from home for me. The inter-pacific vibes are strong.

How did the song Another Earth with Elizabeth Rose come about? Is producing for others something you’d like to do more of in the future?
As all good collabs begin, it started with a twitter DM from Elizabeth. We started the track when she was here in NY and finished it when I was in Sydney. I’m starting to get into the producing world... it’s funny. Different in that I’m answering to someone other than myself, but thrilling when the combination feels right and you can bounce ideas off of another person and improve upon them. Plus I can’t sing for shit so how else am I supposed to do vocals?

Your last EP Parallelism has been out for a while now. Are you finding that it’s going down well live?
It is, though the reception depends on the venue. In the current live show, I play straight through the whole EP in the middle of the set. At venues that are more on the dance club side, it’s my favorite part of the set. At more rock club kinda spots, it doesn’t translate as well because people are there to watch a show more than dance with each other. Also, I’ve only toured with it in the US so far, and the record was definitely received with more enthusiasm in the AU/EU (it’s dance music after all), so I can’t wait to play it for a global audience.

Did you have a goal going into recording that EP in terms of what you wanted it to sound like or did you allow it to come naturally?
I haven’t ever really gone into making a release with a gameplan yet. The three synths I used for the EP are my favorites in my studio and I was experimenting a lot with them. It just worked out that the three tracks I used for Parallelism were made exclusively with those synths.

You’re just bringing a drummer on this tour. Has it been challenging to adapt your live show around that?
Not challenging at all! Quite the contrary actually, I’d feel completely naked on stage without a drummer. Thankfully I have a super capable pal, so it just took some time to get all the samples ready and rehearse the parts with him. Playing shows is so much more fun for me with live drums on stage, I truly couldn’t imagine doing a show without em.

You basically took a year off in between touring but you’re back at it now. How are you enjoying being back on stage?
I never really wish to be out touring when I’m at home, and I often wish that I was home while I’m touring, so the logical decision for me was to take some time and enjoy myself at home in brooklyn, working on new music and experiencing life here. It feels so amazing to be back on stage and I’ve certainly missed it, but I loved my time off. Touring is often 22.5 hours of bullshit for every 1.5 hours of playing music, but I had an exceptionally good time last time I did Australia, so I can't wait to have another go.

Apart from distance obviously, in your experience what is different between the Australian and NYC club scene?
I know nothing about the Australian club scene! I was so jet lagged last time I was over, so I didn’t really get to go out.

A lot of music these days exists on the internet and transcends geographical boundaries. Do you think your music still reflects Brooklyn in some way or it was more inspired by international music?
I’ve only been in Brooklyn for a little over three years, so it hasn’t been affecting me for that long, but it's definitely been seeping into me. It’s definitely opened up my mind to the experience of dance music, not just listening on soundcloud, but going out and living it and feeling it, which has certainly inspired my latest release. Feeling something like Floating Points play with the eq of a kick though a funktion one system is not something that can happen in every town, so being in such a global hub has opened me up to a deeper love of dance music.