with Whitley

ELECTRO-FOLK crooner Whitley is hitting the road once again. With sophomore album Go Forth, Find Mammoth fresh on the racks, he has scored a bunch of festival dates. He spoke with Adelaide French this week.   If you could sum up the Whitley sound in one sentence ... Dense, intense, loud and not what it once was. You previously played in punk and hardcore bands. How did you find folk? One day my friend and I were taken to see this show where two old country singers were playing. I was blown away at how communicative it was. Or perhaps I had just outgrown my teen angst. Why name your new album Go Forth, Find Mammoth ? When I was five years old, I watched two television documentaries that were instrumental in forming the way I think. One show was about mammoths and the other was about scientific experiments concerning the human mind. In the mammoth documentary, there was a time lapse showing a dead mammoth returning to dust. At the time, it only bothered me slightly. Shortly after, the second documentary taught me how the human mind stores memory, language and personality. What artists influenced you while making the new album? My friends, just the people I hang out with. Most of them write or are in bands. I think they are very admirable. Tell us a little about the remix competition for the single Head, First, Down ? I’m excited to see what someone does with it. I hope someone makes a hip-hop track ... maybe Nas or Ghostface Killa. Hopefully, a heavy metal band will cover it. There have been a couple of really good ones already. What can Byron punters expect to see from Whitley? Byron Bay can expect everything it has been waiting for and, at the same time, it will be nothing you are expecting. It’s a big sound. It’s loud and moving.


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