We caught up with Stephen Docker and Gerard Sidhu of Strange Talk when they played D.C.’s very own U Street Music Hall last week.
Check out what the Melbourne duo had to say about their new album, life on tour and their dream collaborations.
So you’ve toured with some pretty big acts. Does one tour stick out as your favorite?
Gerard Sidhu: I think as a support there’s been a few cool ones. The sounds tour was fun just because it was a great bunch of guys and you could kind of run venues and it was really exciting. But otherwise I think the big tour personally in Australia like putluck. They’re always a heap of fun because you just get to meet so many of artists and everyone hangs out every night. They’re the most fun. We’re looking forward to hopefully getting back on them next year.
What do you miss most when you’re not in Australia?
GS: My bed. We don’t get to sleep much on this tour.
Stephen Docker: Yeah this one’s been grueling.
GS: You sleep in a van otherwise it’s like two or three hours in a hotel – check in and check out. As you can see we’re both a little disheveled.
Do you have a favorite song from your EP that you’ve been playing on this tour?
GS: I don’t know if we have a favorite at the moment. I think it’s just been such a whirlwind. We’ve got like even the new EP stuff we’ve kind of reentered and changed it up slightly and then all the old music like Cast Away and Morning Sun, we’ve remixed that completely so we’ve got so much new stuff and it’s kind of happened so quickly it’s just like there’s not a real standout.
We saw that Dillon Francis did a remix of Morning Sun. What was that like?
GS: That was cool. Dillon just literally hit us up on Twitter. He was watching that Zac Efron movie that Morning Sun was in and said when it came on he was just like “what’s this?” and Shazamed it and loved it and he tweeted us straight away. He kind of touched base and said he wanted to remix it so that was cool.
You’ve had a few songs featured in movies. Recently “Young Hearts” was in the trailer for The Intern. What’s that kind of exposure like?
SD: Well I mean I didn’t get to see it. You get the odd text message here and there from a friend saying “oh I just heard your song in a movie,” but most of the time you don’t really hear it unless you’re in the right place at the right time.
GS: You get an email from your publisher saying “do you approve this” and you’re like “yeah cool” and you don’t hear anything and then like eight months later you’ll see a tweet from someone saying they heard it in a movie. There’s such a long period sometimes in it actually going out that you don’t realize you agreed to it.
Can we expect a new album from you guys soon?
GS: We’re working on it now. When we get back to Australia we’re going to try and finish it up as soon as possible. It’s slighted for release around May of next year. Obviously it depends on what gets brought up during the album. It’s not as straightforward as you may think. We’re able to get back to Australia and try to nail it out through December, January and hopefully get it ready for release by then.
Do you have a favorite social media platform to interact with fans?
GS: Instagram is our favorite.
SD: Probably Instagram yeah. It’s easy to use. Just photos – that’s it. They say it all.
GS: You get the visual, you leave a little comment and you respond. It’s just the most appealing.
Do you get a lot of fans posting pictures from your shows there?
GS: This run we have, which has been good. We obviously don’t get to see our own show so it’s kind of nice to see how it looked from out there and what it sounded like, etc, and get feedback. You know we keep some of those videos and download the photos. That’s why it’s cool.
Do you see a difference between American fans and Australian fans?
GS: Not particularly. I think it comes down to the venue we’re playing and the sound system. I think that changes more of the vibe and the feeling of the show. Fans are there for a reason. They like the music so they are generally good. There’s not a huge difference.
SD: I think it’s just the idea of being an international act. I think people embrace that a lot more than if you’re just an Australian band – like that’s not as special. We tend to have a lot of fun here. People are really embracing what we’re doing, which is nice.
Who would your dream collaboration be with?
SD: Kendrick Lamar probably for me would be cool.
GS: Daft Punk or Pharrell.
We’d like to hear those.
SD: So would we!