The kid with the mic is Johann. No joke. Basically the coolest kid ever.
If we were in charge of the universe (hey yo, our primary school teachers told us to dream big yeah?) we’d change December to ’31 Days Solid Party Go’. Not the catchiest month name going around we admit know but dammit it tells you a lot more about that season than the word “December” ever will. So, to celebrate the coming festive month we went hunting for someone who really knows how to get down. And then we found Johann. He’s 1 quarter of the ever expanding I OH YOU universe and he’s 100% fun. So to find out more about what he does we conducted an interview with him entirely in Latin. He told us to shove-it so we promptly sent him a modern English version and this is the awesome result! Question and answer time:
I OH YOU begun as a backyard party to pay off an epic electricity/gas bill and now has grown into an indie record label party-throwing machine. What’s an average day at the I OH YOU office? How has the business transformed?
I guess there’s no real average day for us. We’re sort of always working on different things at different times. At the moment we’re filling out forms relating to Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (a UK producer who we’re touring at the end of the year) for Southbound festival in Perth, doing some press stuff for The Death Set (a band who we’re touring at the end of the year) and trying to drink at least 4L of water a day to increase metabolism and shit 3 times a day.
You have recently signed a number of acts to I OH YOU Records. How do you go about finding new talent?
We always just stumble across new talent. We’re lucky to have some extremely talented friends who play in amazing bands or have great taste in music. We’ve never been the sort of people to trawl through blogs for new music (although we have our own blog), people just tell us about new acts they think we’d like and we check them out.
Your warehouse parties have gained a huge following and seem to act as an effective springboard to launch and promote new bands/artists. How much planning goes into the parties? Do they ever get tiring?
There’s so much planning which goes into our parties. I mean, we plan each party for around 3 to 5 months each time. We try to book some pretty high profile acts, so we have to be on the ball and planning shit a long way ahead of time. Not going to lie, at times it is tiring and really stressful… but we wouldn’t throw parties if we didn’t enjoy it. Plus, when you throw a party you get given a lot of drink cards.
Your latest signing to I OH YOU Records are the ridiculously infectious Snakadaktal from Melbourne. How did this come about?
I saw Snakadaktal play at Miss Libertines back in 2010, absolutely loved them. We kept in touch and eventually they completed their EP and I thought it was great. We went and had a bowl of chips at the London Tavern (in Richmond) and decided we wanted to work together… basically.
What’s currently on heavy rotation on your iPod/iTunes?
The Smith Street Band, DZ Deathrays album demos, King Krule, Dune Rats, The Cairos and Bleeding Knees Club’s album demos.
What are your favourite Melbourne hangouts?
Yellowbird and my friend Nick Yates’ house.
Style time. Do you have any favourite labels/designers? What’s on high rotation in your wardrobe?
Ummmm, I don’t really have any favourite labels or designers. I basically just wear oversized jumpers with characters from Disney or the Looney Tunes on them.
Your prediction for the next big local act?
There are so many acts that could make it big. Australian talent is crazy good right now. Some young Australian bands worth checking out are… Gold Fields, Dune Rats, Millions, The Cairos, Clubfeet, The Smith Street Band and of course our three bands… DZ Deathrays, Bleeding Knees Club and Snakadaktal.
Thanks for the chat Johann!
Went a bit blue crazy today and decided to lay out some of our favourite blue pieces in-store! An easy, fail-safe colour to wear.
Ah, new music, we haven’t danced together in weeks! I vaguely remember a period where I was all like “there is no new music” and now I’m all like “OMG there is so much new music I’m falling behind what if I’m missing something good” and such. So, if you’re a bit out of the loop like me, take three aspro’s in half a glass of water, hold my hand, breathe deeply and let’s catch up together!
Amy Winehouse | Our Day Will Come
Ah man I’m a bit torn about the posthumous release thing. There’s no way to know what Wino intended to do, or where she intended to go with her music, so I find there’s a lot of assumption and a somewhat unfinished quality to these releases. Michael Jackson This Is It anyone? That’s not to say this isn’t a great cover (it’s originally a 60s tune by Ruby & the Romantics) but one wonders if we would’ve ever heard it had Amy still been around. But, my moaning and groaning aside, this is a blissful summer ditty.
A$AP Rocky feat. A$AP Ferg | Kissin’ Pink
A$AP Ferg’s verse on this track is one of my favourite raps of 2k11. It’s only brief but it’s oh-so-good. Rhyming ‘hella smoke’ with ‘cellaphone’ who would’ve thunk it? Inventing the word ‘cellaphone’. Genius. More please.
Major Lazer & The Partysquad | Original Don
Yes yes yes yes this is everything I’ve ever wanted in a song.
DOOM (collaborating with) Thom Yorke & Jonny Greenwood | Retarded Fren
I’m quickly becoming obsessed with this song. It’s raw and grainy and has a seriously intense energy. And it twists and it turns and it teases. Perfect.
1000names | Telephony 2000
I love the sense of urgency in this track. I love the repetition and the tribal kind of vibe. And then once you’re in some sort of trance, it changes (just a touch) and off you go again.
Kelly Rowland (BNRY Remix) | Dilemma
Found this one via the Breaking and Entering kids and I think you’re gonna like it. If you’re a Kelly Rowland fan (and we are) this is a really refreshing take on her track of the same name from 2002 that she did with Nelly. Trip down (a slightly remixed) memory lane.
Hiding with Bears | Warrior Call
Literally hiding with bears isn’t something we’d recommend but this band, is. With a nod to the Fleet Foxes and Born Ruffians (and more than a nod to the ‘animal band name’ tradition) Melbourne’s Hiding with Bears are your new Sunday arvo beer in the backyard band. A friend of ours popped them on one day and our ears were quickly loving their charming tunes. Hear more on their Facey.
Jens Lekman | An Argument with Myself
I’m a sucker for a song about Melbourne. The Weddings Parties Anything cover of Hell to Pay’s Saints and Kings (cannot cannot cannot find on the web) is an absolute favourite of mine. Whenever Paul Kelly sings about Melbourne I get teary. And now Jens Lekman is adding to this great list. What a fun song! It’s been doing the rounds on the J’s and it’s so darn catchy and addictive. I know I’ve had arguments with myself on Queensberry… but I usually do them on Gertrude.
Well it’s always music week in Melbourne isn’t it? Unofficial (maybe self-proclaimed) music capital of Australia, it’s not hard to catch a live gig or album launch on any given day but that’s not to say we can’t dedicate a whole week to emphasize our love of music more so.
Now in it’s second year, Melbourne Music Week is back to celebrate and support the city’s independent music scene. A variety of events will take place around the city from 18th – 26th November (that starts tomorrow yo!) and with so many taking place it’s hard to get your head around them all. So to help our your brain/diary here are some of our top picks; time to get your pen and paper out kids:
Kubik: An open-air venue constructed of colour-changing water tanks all the way from Europe (ummm… awesome!) Kubik will play host to a number of local and international artists (plus DJs) including Cut Copy, Gaslamp Killer and Comeback Kid favourite World’s End Press. This is totally what people were imagining in the 1950s when they were thinking about the future y’all.
Record and Release: A pop-up laneway recording studio (what else haven’t we ‘popped up’ yet?!) where a handful of local bands will record, mix, press and package a limited CD each night.
Labels Live: Independent label Two Bright Lakes will host a rooftop gig at Melbourne Central (hello untapped city views) with Canyons, Oscar + Martin and more. Who knew there was a rooftop there? And who knew it used to be a go-kart track? A great opportunity to see some local talent in a usually unused off-beat location.
Aesthetics of Sound: Local shops (including us!), bars and cafes continue the music celebrations with a series of exhibitions and sound offerings! Stay tuned for further details of our involvement.
A cool, easy combo for summer stylin’ around town. We’re particularly big fans of the Jesen shorts- perfect summer pair! In-store or online now.