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Fractures on Bigfoot, Hype Machine & the Melbourne Music Scene

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It's been a big year for Melbourne-born FracturesAn 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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

Cheeeeeeeeeesssssseeeeeeeeee.

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4. If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?

Anything Home Brand, because I'm cheap and unreliable.

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5. Do you believe in Bigfoot?

I believe.


//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 

 

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First Impressions 16 June

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For this week's First Impressions, theinterns travel to East Africa with Bag Raiders and find some Love in High Places with Kimbra before being seriously weirded out by a Trippy Turtle Theme Tune. It's OK though because we've brought Bianca's mum Trish along for the ride and she's grooving to Anna Lunoe!

Bag Raiders- Nairobi

Trish: Too processed. Sounds like stomach gurgling and teeth chattering. I think I’d only enjoy it if i were in Brazil, celebrating the World Cup (with a few Mojitos under my belt). 2

Sam: Agree with Trish. Unless I’m swilling a mojito round in my hand, this song does very little for me on a cold winter day. That marimba almost had me. Almost. 2.5

Lizzie: Is everyone ready for Mardi Gras, cause this song sure makes you want to don a giant sequin feather head piece. I had high hopes for this song and I was smacked right in the face with a conga line. Just a bit much, but I will try and give it another chance in a couple of days. 3

Hannah: I lost interest the second I heard that horrible old car horn sample. Not even steal drums can redeem this colourful collision. 2

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/modularpeople/bag-raiders-nairobi-1[/soundcloud]

Kiesza- Giant In My Heart

Trish: I don’t mind her. Nice new sound. (Male vocals come in) Oh. I don’t like him. The male vocals spoil it. She’s got a nice singing voice and a lot of potential but the song doesn’t do her justice. 3

Sam: Kiesza is the next Roisin Murphy in my opinion. That voice hits giddy heights and provides a great juxtaposition over a deep, massaging beat. There’s more in here. This is a little generic. Hopefully an album will give her some space to explore, less trodden territory. 3

Lizzie: I cannot decide whether I like the roughness in her voice, or I am utterly pained by it. It's got a very 90s/early 2000s vibe. Yep, I’ve decided I like it. The male vocals just make me laugh though. 3.5

Hannah: WOW I was just getting into it when that I’m-not-quite-a-Scat-Man male vocal came in. Despite that, the beat’s pumpy, the desperation in Kiesza’s voice during the chorus is truly addictive and the melodic samples are perfect placed. There’s a lot of fun to be had here. 3

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/seanxcx/kiesza-giant-in-my-heart-radio-rip[/soundcloud]

Kimbra- Love In High Places

Trish: I really like her. There’s a lot of variety in her voice. The vocals, the percussion, they all fit together nicely like a jigsaw puzzle, to make for a complete listening experience. 5 Trish’s Pick

Sam: Oooh the vocals at the start of this just melt with every syllable. I love that construction-wise it’s quite a textbook soul track, yet she adds subtle oddities that make it so much better like the little synth-breaks. The people saying this album is a desperate attempt to draw attention back after Somebody I Used To Know need to pull their heads out of the sand. What she’s doing right now is supreme. 4 Sam’s Pick

Lizzie: Oh thank god Kimbra, I really didn’t want to be as harsh as I was with 90s Music a couple of weeks ago (that was horrible). She’s slowed it down in this one, swollowed a chill pill and taken us on a 5:17 minute journey, a real Flight Facilities Claire de Lune style lengthy journey. Such an improvement!! 3.5

Hannah: Guys, guys, guys. It's finally happened. I actually like, NAY love a Kimbra song! The verses in particular really have me swimming in a pool of smooth 90s RnB-flavoured nostalgia (Hey Kimbra, here’s your 90s Music). I say quit forcing your usual "oh I'm a quirky female artist and I have a quirky female artist sound" and stick with this new buttery-soft goodness. 

Trippy Turtle- Trippy’s Theme

Trish: Very disjointed. It’d be really good if you were tripping. But I’m afraid that’s not my cup of tea. 1

Sam: At first I was a little disappointed that this one wasn’t more like Schnappi das Kleine Krokodil but I’ve moved past that now and am utterly confused. It sounds like Boyz II Men remixed by Cashmere Cat. I really don’t know. The tune is half decent but the whole Trippy Turtle thing...am I late to the party? What on earth is it? A jamster mobile creation? 3

Lizzie: This song starts so well, so smooth, almost J.T like. Then, I am not sure what happens - a squeeky bed appears? The song is called called Trippy Turtle so I should not have been surprised! In all its nonsensical-ness, I can have fun with song. 3.5

Hannah: Trippy Turtle? More like Awkward Turtle. I totally agree with Sam. I’m pretty sure this IS just a Cashmere Cat song in poor disguise and now I feel weirded out by the additional turtle-themed vocals. I just don’t know… 2

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/maddecent/trippy-turtle-trippys-theme-jeff075[/soundcloud]

Anna Lunoe- Bass Drum Dealer

Trish: Oh no, not more of this stuff. *puts head in hand* It delivers like yesterday’s sour bottle of milk 0.5 (sorry)

Sam: I love that an Aussie girl has delivered this beefed-up EDM track that cracks most of the male big-room names over the head. It uses a lot of cliche sounds but that deep bass wins me over every time. Aussie gal does good. Bravo. 3.5

Lizzie: The lyrics put it perfectly. “And I always deliver.” She delivers alright. Flying the Aussie flag for dance music and female producers, this song has a Swedish House Mafia style pull but with her own distinct breakdown. You are not teased into a drop like most big-room EDM songs (thank god), and she brings this modern electro jungle vibe. Go girl. 4 Lizzie’s pick

Hannah: This is just a great dance track. It's not particularly preoccupied with forging new ground but hey, is new ground always necessary? Lunoe's just happily captislising on some seriously great sounds we already know and love. If it ain't broke, why fix it? 3

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Fractures- Won’t Win

Trish: Very easy listening. I just arrived in cold Sydney and his voice makes me feel like I’m sitting in front of a fire, all warm and comfortable. His voice is husky like a good cognac and seems to have a lot of soul to it. I enjoyed the vocals and change in tempo at 2:30 in particular. 4

Sam: I too enjoy the change of tempo but this is just all very pleasant. It’s good and his voice is wistful in a great way but it plants its foot too far in James Blake territory to carve his own identity. Lyrics like  “You won’t win, I’ll rid myself of this war you started” are so loaded yet the music is so placid. Me a little confused. 3

Lizzie: This song has a Matt Corby pensiveness to it. Beautiful sound to come out of Melbourne, I’ve never heard them before. I really loved the thick breakdown of instruments towards the close of the song, a nice touch to finish. 4

Hannah: I really should like this song shouldn’t I? It hits all the Seekae come James Blake, electronica meets wistful, longing vocals that usually appeal to me, but truth be told, I’m just a little bored. 2.5

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/fractures-music/wontwin[/soundcloud]

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