Brisbane-based electronic artist and producer Golden Vessel channels chill club-vibes while maintaining an independent and unique complexion of sound. This weekend is the premiere of SLOWSHINE, his debut full-length album following a build-up of nearly four years of steady singles and EP releases. The downtempo beats of SLOWSHINE embody a relaxed energy, making it easy to lose track of time as you float away with the music. SLOWSHINE also features an array of featured artists and collaborators; including Akurei, Lonelyspeck, Woodes, and more.
Max Byrne of Golden Vessel answered a few questions about SLOWSHINE, his upcoming U.S. tour, and his favorite book by Murakami.
What inspired the name Golden Vessel?
I chose it when I was like 15 or 16 and I think I was just trying to choose a name I wouldn’t hate in 5 years haha
How long were you “casually” producing music in your bedroom before switching gear to pursue music full-time? What caused this shift?
I started when I was 15 (I’m now 21) and I was just doing it while at school. I decided to do a marketing degree and it was getting tougher to juggle the two but once I graduated it kind of just kicked into gear doing it full time which I feel very fortunate for!
With just a handful of singles and an EP out, you’ve gained a lot of traction and a seemingly worldwide fanbase. Can you think of any specific “wow” moments that you’ve had since gaining more popularity?
I think I was really excited to see Hesitate do so well because we released it independently and people really gravitated towards that song! Definitely was cool though to see and meet people across America who are into Golden Vessel when I toured there for the first time a couple of months ago. I think most of my “wow” moments come from making music, though instead of the response or achievements!
I stumbled upon an interview where you mentioned Murakami is the author of your favorite book (and coincidentally, Hard-Boiled Wonderland from him is one of my favorites!) – Murakami has a lot of themes around consciousness, dreams, and human relationships. What about Norwegian Wood spoke to you?
Yeah I really enjoy reading his books! I read Norwegian Wood when I was in Japan and I think that made it extra special. I like how Norwegian Wood has such a simple premise but he explains everything in such a detailed and beautiful way. It’s definitely a big inspiration for thinking about ways to say things more eloquently.
Do you have any other sources of influence for the new album, SLOWSHINE? Is there a particular song with a story behind it that you’d like to share?
I feel really influenced by my friends. I feel very lucky to be surrounded by such creative people and I think I enjoyed piecing together different people on the same songs and seeing how they related together. Towards the start of making SLOWSHINE I was very into Elon Musk and movies like “Space Odyssey” and “Interstellar”, and I think that definitely made it’s way into the mix. I was also feeling very influenced by Brockhampton with their DIY approach to everything.
And where did the name SLOWSHINE come from?
“Slowshine” was a throwaway lyric when I was writing BIGBRIGHT with Elkkle. I’d written it in my notes but it didn’t quite make it into my part on the song, but I really liked how it sounded and looked. It kind of relates to the use of reflective surfaces I used for the visuals as well as playing into the fact that I was kind of growing up / figuring myself out while making this album and that process felt like polishing.
It looks like you’ve collaborated with quite a few people in your musical career already – is there anyone on the new album that you were/are really excited to work with?
I was really excited to work with E^ST, I think she’s one of the most amazing songwriters, and I love her voice, and she’s the nicest person ever. I met this guy called The Nicholas in America and he ended up becoming a really close friend of mine. He sings on ORANGESMOKEFLARE as well as adding some sounds to SNOWCOLD and TONIGHT. We’ve been working on future Golden Vessel music too.
Also was excited to get Lonelyspeck to contribute some vocals on a couple of songs cause I love everything they do; it’s so unique. But I could gush about everyone on the album haha.
Tell me a little bit about the upcoming U.S. tour! Who are you touring with and are there any places that you’re particularly excited about playing?
So excited to do my first headline run, especially after having such a nice experience supporting Baynk across the USA in February! And I’m so excited to be bringing Instupendo as main support because his music is so beautiful and I really like his energy. Looking forward to going back to NYC as well as doing the drive through Colorado / Utah / Nevada / California because they’re some of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.
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