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Faux Pas Interviewed

August 24, 2010

I’ve been chatting with Tim from Faux Pas (Australia) for the last few weeks via email and we’ve finally conjured up an interview for you guys. He initially approached me about submitting his music to college radio, but to his surprise we already had his stuff in the WVUM 90.5 FM library (keep it locked! ;)). Some call his style dream pop and others say it’s more on the disco side. I say let’s not put him in a box. Here’s my favorite press quote about him:

“Impressive elastic strands of plaited sense associations; extract of flashy disco, pastoral swoon and computer exploration.”threethousand

Now let’s Hear it straight from Tim:

ND: How did you end up making this style of music? What genres did you dabble with before you started the Faux Pas project?

FP: I started out by playing guitar in high school. i used to make cassette tapes, i would fill them with half-finished ideas for songs, guitar solos and weird tape dub experiments. the best bits were always the bits where things had gone wrong, i thought so anyway, so i tried to take that kind of approach to the computer when i started working with that. i’ve since developed a bad habit of trying to make things sound “good”. i like to think that the results turn out best with a little from column a (mistakes) and a little from column b (“good”-ness).

ND: How does the name Faux Pas relate to your music?

FP: I’m a fan of words so i always liked the way those words looked and sounded. when i started out i was playing a lot of scrabble, so the idea of having a seven-letter word containing an x as my name was very appealing.

ND: What’s your favorite new electronic Australian band? Anyone doing anything really out of the ordinary?

FP: There is a lot of great australian music once you start digging around, i can think of a few. melbourne’s kharkov makes gritty, mutating laptop house that i really like.

I’m also a big fan of crumbs, a guy called max who is making dilla-style beats but also drums in a hardcore band… and a guy in sydney called jonti, aka danimals, his productions combine sunshine pop harmonies (like beach boys) with wonky beats and quirky instrumentation. i don’t think anyone is doing anything that sounds quite like what he is doing.

ND: What do you think is the most effective way to get your music out there? Do you believe in selling your tracks or giving them away and making money off other sources of revenue instead (touring, merch,publishing, etc)?

FP: It doesn’t cost me a lot to make music, and i’m not really in it to make money, so i don’t mind giving a lot of music away for free. i think its important though to find a way to give people an avenue through which they can pay for your music if they want to, and receive some kind of physical product, because a lot of people still really want that experience.

ND: What songs do you like to sing in the shower?

FP: Paul mccartney all the way. and the antoine dodson / gregory brothers “bed intruder” song. and beyonce “sweet dreams”

Well there you have it and if you were wondering what Faux Pas means: blunder; especially : a social blunder


Faux Pas – Silver Line (alt link)

Faux Pas – Megasports (alt link)

Paul Dempsey – Ramona Was A Waitress (Faux Pas Remix) (alt link)

Grab his last EP

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Chris permalink
    August 24, 2010 8:50 am

    I’ve always liked his track “For The Trees”. Good stuff.

  2. August 24, 2010 8:12 pm

    thanks for the interview laura.

    here’s links to the three australian artists i mentioned:

    and thats just the tip of the iceberg..

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