Interview With President Street
Hi There Pete, How has your week been so far?
Really great, thank you!
Can you give us a brief insight into your music for those that haven't heard it before?
I suppose that the main thing about our music is that we try to infuse a bit of substance into our sound and lyrics (hopefully we usually succeed ☺). OMG that sounds full of sh*t and we definitely don’t take ourselves too seriously - but we do focus on tapping into an emotion and bringing that out in our songs as a way to connect with people.
Can you give us an overview of the meaning behind ‘Yeah I Know’?
The song is about betrayal and the emotional journey that you go through during the different stages from the initial suspicion to acceptance of the situation to finally anger.
‘Yeah I Know’ has a very interesting structure, can you tell us a little about that?
Funny enough, I wrote this song at a time when I was hanging out with a couple of film writer buddies of mine and I was quite intrigued by the 3-act structure that they typically use for their scripts. So, I tried to incorporate that idea into ‘Yeah I Know’ by capturing the 3 stages of betrayal - suspicion being the first act, then moving into that quiet stage of acceptance as the second act before changing into anger for the final act. And of course we needed to keep within the construct of verses, chorus, etc.
I tried to capture the different emotions by focusing on different sounds in the 3 acts. In the first act the focus is on the mellotron choirs, then we strip the music back for that moment of acceptance before the energy picks up and we let the guitars get a bit dirty and angry in the final act.
Can we expect similar things to ‘Yeah I Know’ from the E.P involuntary actions?
Yes and no. Yes in the sense that the key theme to our music is to evoke emotions and connect with people at an emotional level, but no in the sense that musically we tried not to stay in one lane.
Can you describe the creative process that goes into finishing a President Street track?
Once a song is written we try to step back and ask ourselves what is the emotional response we’re trying to elicit in the song and then we make sure that the sounds and mix achieve that. Often it’s a case of picking the key sounds that we want to have prominence at different stages of the song.
From your experiences, how does the Australian music scene differ from the U.K music scene?
Its hard to say cos we haven’t spent much time in the UK yet but we do have a really great grass roots music scene in the inner cities over here and that tends to drive a lot of the sound coming out of Oz. So I think there’s probably less of a ‘produced’ element to much of the music coming out of Oz versus the UK. Having said that, sounds and trends in music do travel around the world super fast nowadays.
Do you have any favourite Australian artists that haven't reached the U.K yet that we should know about?
I’m not sure if Jakubi have made it over to the UK yet, but I’m a big fan of what they’re doing.
And finally, how would you sum up President Street in just one sentence?
Tough question! I’d say that we’re a collection of musos who try to keep our focus on our songwriting and music rather than our social media profiles ☺
February 28, 2018 5:52am ET by Fifth Element PR