Artist Interview: Cut Copy discusses Soundcloud, 'No Dickhead' policies and its upcoming Colorado shows

Artist Interview: Cut Copy discusses Soundcloud, 'No Dickhead' policies and its upcoming Colorado shows

MusicOctober 27, 2014

There’s little left in this world that really gets us geared up and excited for the future. The possibility of civilian space walks is one, mom’s turkey tetrazzini is another, and Halloween weekend finishes off the regrettably short list.

The latter is forever a staple in our adult lives because it allows us and everyone else to be exactly we wish we could be the other 364 days of the year … namely sluts, sexy cats and some version of an impossibly human super-hero; neither of which is a bad thing.

It’s this week that’s often ripe with a bajillion things to do and just as much preparation to do them. Music performances come out in droves, and while we have other shows that we could be at, one that we’re extra stoked on is the electro-dance phenom Cut Copy.

We’re more excited than a Jesse Spano caffeine-pill withdrawal for being able to spend the next couple of nights with Cut Copy. The band’s last hoorah in Colorado was this past summer when it opened for Chromeo at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The upcoming two shows, however, are a much more intimate affair and brings the electric Australian act to The Boulder Theater on Oct 28 and Oct 29 at the Ogden. Tickets for both are still available.

We saw that you made an Australian compilation album for your hometown scene ("Oceans Apart"). Why was it important for you all to showcase what's going on there?

We often get asked about the scene in Australia and Melbourne in particular. Rather than talk about it in interviews we thought, ‘Why don't we just release this music ourselves?’

It’s been a labour of love project. We're really excited to hopefully spread the word of upcoming Melbourne artists to the world. Sometimes you can take your own backyard for granted, but we've found just as much inspiration from not only dance produces, but also a lot bands for Melbourne. Both past and present.

How do you feel about the music festival culture boom that's going on right now? Is it good for music? Bad for music? Explain:

It's cool if the culture is financially sustainable. I don't know how people can afford to go so many festivals these days. When I was in university, I could only afford to go to one festival a year and I had to save up for it.

There are some festivals around the world that I think are really great and promote a 'No Dickhead' policy. That is actually written into a program of a festival back home in Melbourne (Meredith). And the vibe there is really great. Totally chilled. Some of these turbo dance festivals are a little too much for me. But you know, if people are having fun then that’s all that matters. I’m not necessarily there to enjoy them myself. It’s for the punters.

I think I prefer the smaller boutique festivals that concentrate on an eclectic lineup and host them at interesting locations. But there’s room for everyone.

Are you familiar with the legal troubles Soundcloud is going through right now trying to satisfy big record labels and copyright issues? If so, how do you think a site like Soundcloud shutting down will affect independent artists? 

I think if Soundcloud shuts down, it won't affect independent artists in the sense that they won't have an avenue to get new music out there. There's so many hosting sites to premier new and old music.

I use sites like Soundcloud as a sampling or listening station. If I hear something I like I’ll go and buy it. I've stopped downloading music for free (unless its offered as a free download) a long time ago. If I really like a record or artist, then I believe in supporting them as much as possible. I've got no problem paying for music.

Not everyone has to share that point of view though … I'm not coming down on anyone that doesn't pay for music. It’s their choice. I do think artists should see a better financial return from streaming sites though.

Do you feel artists use the power of the Internet appropriately? How can independent artists be better at using it?

Sure. Some artists are really creative in using the Internet as medium to get your music and art through. I think the problem people are facing is that the shelf life of new music on the Internet dissipates rather quickly. People are constantly searching for something new and we're constantly told that we have to come up with regular 'content' to stay on the radar.

Even when you put out a record now, you get a rush of attention and exposure for a limited amount time before everyone moves on. All the pre-album promotion we did for this record was a reaction to that a little (live limited vinyl pressing at Pitchfork festival and the Billboard premier of Free Your Mind).

We had this idea of staging real world events of releasing new music. We used the Internet as way of documenting these events, so people all around the world could be included. But for the people there, they got the real reward, which was the ability to listen to and take away limited copies of our music before it got released digitally online.

You're coming to Colorado soon - last you were here was at Red Rocks - can we expect as electric of a show as that was? What do you have in store for us?

Lets hope so! Red Rock's was definitely a highlight of the F.Y.M album campaign. That is seriously one of the most beautiful venues in the world to play at and watch music. But we're also excited to get back to Denver to play a more intimate show. We've always had great shows in Denver. From the “Bright Like Neon Love” days to now.

We'll try and pack as many fireworks as possible.