What’s there to be said about Lastlings that hasn’t already been said? Gold Coast brother/sister duo, Amy and Josh Dowdle, out of nowhere, have stolen hearts across with their crisp, effervescent brand of electronica. National attention may have developed rapidly thanks to triple j’s Unearthed High nomination, but Lastlings still, more than ever, keep grounded on the Gold Coast. Before hitting the stage in Melbourne, Jake Wilton dropped Josh Dowdle a line.
Still being so young, how exciting is it knowing how much more development is yet to come, particularly Amy’s vocals.
I know that Amy has got so much still in her. With the last two songs [Wavelength and Chills], you can see the change from them to the single we just put out, You. As both a songwriter and a singer, she’s grown a lot. Myself, I haven’t been producing for very long so it’s a learning curve for the both of us.
What’s the creative split between the both of you?
It differs from song-to-song. Sometimes I’ll have a full instrumental done then hand it to Amy and let her do her thing. One of our older songs, Amy – because she’s a classically trained pianist – performed some piano. Amy is kind of an all-rounder so we’ve yet to fully crossover roles just yet.
Lastlings’ music typically lends itself to a range of different emotions. Have you heard any feedback from fans telling you what they’ve felt while listening to your music?
We receive a fair amount of those kind of messages and, surprisingly, from overseas, too. For example, with Wavelength, that track is about body image and how other people perceive you. A lot of people messaged us saying they understood the song and derived a lot from it. It was really interesting that people picked up on the meaning without us publicly detailing the song’s meaning. It’s a strange feeling being about the connected with people, no matter their location, through words, essentially.
Another defining aspect to Lastlings is the aesthetic and the band’s overall presentation. Is this a deliberate choice or something which comes naturally along with the music?
A little of both. We’re not particularly image-conscious people but we love the visual side to accompany our music. We’d like to be a project that covers more than just music like fashion, photography, videography, among others.
You’re playing Beyond the Valley festival in December which is actually where Lastlings played their first show last year. How is it to be returning one year on?
It’s actually really special. We played at the small, opening stage early in the day with some other awesome, local acts. We were really happy to even be playing at the festival. We much prefer recording and producing at home. I’m a massive perfectionist so I love the fact that I can sit at home on my laptop, tweaking things until they sound right. Whereas, in a live setting, it’s much more spontaneous and so many things can go wrong.
We wanted to make sure the live show was something worth people coming to watch. I come from a band background whereas Amy works more solo. There were a lot of hurdles we had to jump like playing together and playing this kind of electronic music.
Have you noticed an improvement in your performance?
By leaps-and-bounds! Amy’s confidence has grown so much. If you saw Amy on stage at Beyond the Valley compared to now, she conveys an entire different vibe. I even know what I’m doing up there now. There’s always room for improvement but we’re really happy with the way it’s going at the moment.
Lastlings’ play BIGSOUND, which runs 7 – 9 September and Jungle Love which runs 25 – 29 November. Their new single You is out now.