Songwriter Aaron Joseph Russo recorded his album in a garage with a microphone and guitar. His intentional lo-fi sound puts him in the running with other psych-soul influenced bands such as Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Tame Impala, and Vinyl Williams. Read our interview below.
Who are some of your creative influences?
I listened to a lot of Tame Impala, King Krule, Mac Demarco, and St. Vincent. Overall, the people that have had the biggest impact on me are John Frusciante, Frank Ocean, Paul Mccartney, and John Mayer.
What inspired the themes of “okay” and “upbeat”?
“Okay” and “upbeat” came about in really similar sort of ways and quite quickly. I don’t usually try to force an idea if I’m making a song. If it doesn’t flow naturally, I give it up halfway through. Luckily, these came out fairly easily at a time where I was smoking [cannabis] a lot. It was hard to really remember what exactly I was thinking about, but that’s probably a good thing.
“All I’m aiming for is to make the most beautiful thing I can possibly make and hopefully give people something comforting to listen to”
What was the last live show you saw and loved?
The last live show I saw and loved was Mac DeMarco at Laneway in 2018, [It was the] second time I saw him. Just as good, so effortless, so cool.
Any plans on touring?
We had a launch party in Melbourne for the album, which had a nice turnout. I’ve entertained the idea of playing a few more low-key shows before the next thing, but I’m toying around with the idea of getting a band together to play the songs live. It would be fun to be able to play these songs I made completely alone in a garage with a group of people who like it as much as I do.
I have a whole new album written. I’m going to start recording in the new year. it’ll sound a fair bit different. It’s a lot more intimate and direct lyrically, but everything that’s there will be there for a reason.
All I’m aiming for is to make the most beautiful thing I can possibly make and hopefully give people something comforting to listen to that maybe makes them feel something. If not that’s fine too, there’s plenty of great music out there for everyone. If I can be a blip on the radar, I’ll have done more than I can ask for.