Sydney’s rising indie-pop duo EGOISM released their EP On Our Minds last month to much anticipation. Their pairing of shoegaze textures with catchy hooks has proven to be a broadcaster favourite, becoming the 11th most played triple j unearthed artist in 2019 while landing two top-ten tracks for the year on Sydney’s FBi Radio.
The bedroom producers used triple j’s Level Up Grant earlier this year to fund mixes by Matthew Neighbour (The Avalanches, Matt Corby) and allowed them to expand their single’s production more than previously available.
When they’re not putting on their own shows, the duo has appeared on BIGSOUND and Farmer & The Owl lineups and supported artists such as Last Dinosaurs and Moaning Lisa among others. We had Scout answer questions for our Savvy Seven, giving us insight into how the band has built its strong foundation.
What inspired you to pursue music as a career?
Well, I’ve just always been playing music my whole life. I read in my preschool report recently that I would apparently make up songs and sing about whatever I was doing at the time. I think in high school I started taking it more seriously and I met Olive and formed a band and it just developed to be more and more serious from there.
Besides making music, what have you done to get to where you are?
Well, I think people underestimate how important promoting your music and shows is. You have to take that seriously and do your research into what tools are worth it to market your music. We really appreciate all the help and advice we’ve received about that!
How do you approach developing timelines for your career?
That’s changed a lot this year now having a team behind us. Before we were going on a single by single basis, but now we’re really able to think big picture especially with the release of our new EP.
What’s your advice on staying professionally active during COVID times?
We’ve been really trying to knuckle down and write songs as well as stay active in the other ways we have at our disposal. We’ve been making YouTube videos recently which has been so fun and a cool way to connect with people who like our music haha.
What is the most significant challenge you have conquered in your career?
I would say maybe Olive and I still getting along. We have different working style a lot of the time, but we’ve done a LOT to help figure out our working relationship and how to get the best out of each other… with all our hair still in our head 🙂
How should people educate themselves on current industry issues?
I think the best way is just to develop relationships with people in the industry, listen and respectfully ask as much as you can!
How have you integrated modern technology into your content process?
Well I mean we write and produce everything at home just on Logic. We both believe in almost exclusively using real instruments through digital software, it hits this perfect balance between convenience and authenticity. A lotta the time, I feel like producers get caught up on achieving a perfect sound when the most important thing is actually maintaining that spark and workflow. I have this theory that the audience can subconsciously hear how much time you’ve put into a track, and that can be a good or a bad thing, depending on the energy of the song. It’s been really fun to develop these skills and become creative with it!
On Our Minds launches at Sydney’s Landsdowne on December 18th [SOLD OUT] and 20th (Tickets)
Listen to the EP below and find EGOISM on Instagram.