My Disco


Labeled everything from "post-hardcore/math rock," "minimalist Melbourne DIY" and "reductive art-rock," to put it simply, my-disco-green.jpg

What are your day jobs?
I work for studio in Richmond called Bakehouse Studios. Rohan somehow manages to work full-time at a warehouse. I'm not sure what he does there, aside from driving a forklift without a license! Benjamin floats between odd jobs: painting hotel rooms, live sound engineering, hanging with the "kids," etc.

If you had to describe your music to someone who was deaf, using visual cues, how would you do it?
I remember a quote from one of our live shows once that went something like, "Is that guitar feedback or a Tibetan horn blowing into the Himalayas?"

What has been your favorite place to tour so far?
Japan and Indonesia. Japan was flawless. Flawless! Made me wish I was Japanese. On our last visit to Indonesia we traveled in a van with a driver who was in his sixties, didn't speak a word of English, never slept, never ate and never seemed to need to use the toilet. He's kind of our hero. Although we never did get his name.

Do you get nervous before shows?
I still do. I think we all still do. Ben can't eat a meal a minimum of six hours before we're due on. You should see him at the end of the night; he puts down two kilos of kebabs. It's disgusting.

Which bands do you listen to?
There's a great compilation called The Edge: David Axelrod at Capitol Records 1666-1970. I saw Michael Gira at the recent ATP Festival at Mt. Bulla where he was selling a CD-R of 2001 home recordings he made that I just can't turn off. I was also introduced to the music of Psarandonis at ATP, who's a Greek singer/composer from Crete.

Where do you draw inspiration for the lyrics?
It depends. The Cancer record (2006) was written during a period where I was undergoing treatment for Hodgkin's disease. I spent a lot of time in and out of hospitals and debilitated at home. I found it difficult to write much after Cancer, so writing became more abstracted and shorter. For Paradise, it was more so about a visual idea I was expressing. I also felt I needed to be more considerate to the music we were writing, which was taking a single idea and exploring it through repetition with the intent of mesmerism.

Is it difficult to maintain relationships when you're always going off on tours?
Well-timed question. I had a recent ending to a relationship that, I guess, was related to this. I find that I'm most at peace while traveling and performing, the further or more detached from home the better for some reason. You have to compromise a lot doing what we do as often as we do it and so commitment outside of this band at the moment is difficult. I believe we're all single right now.

If you could play with anyone in the world who would it be?
Jimi Hendrix.

How would you classify My Disco's sound? How about punk?

How far do you think you guys are from living solely off My Disco?
Far, but we're hopeful. I mean the band sustains itself through touring Australia and almost bankrupts itself touring overseas, which is what we most love doing. I think these things take time and the harder we tour, the closer we come. That's how I like to see it.

Do you find it difficult to keep motivated week in, week out?
Yes. Just like most people, it's difficult. I find that there are a lot of distractions in life that hold me back from being as focused, as I'd like. We all work to be able to live and that side of life is tiring, which can make it hard to remain motivated when allocating time to writing music or booking tours etc. There's so much involved, and as a band we control and organize almost all of what we do.

What has been the biggest obstacle to date in getting the band out there?
Getting out there meaning touring, right? Well then, the lack of finance.

What's been the greatest advice you've received?
"Shoot for 20."

Where can we catch you next?
We'll be in New Zealand for a weekend next month, and then in March we start an 11-week tour of North America and Europe, including two shows in Russia! It will be our first extensive tour of mainland Europe, which I can't wait for. It's the longest tour we've booked, being some 55 shows.