Dream-pop duo Naomi Robinson & Conor Barton were discovered after winning triple j’s Unearthed High, 2015. They’ve since had four singles on triple j rotation and released EP ‘Television Love’. In 2018, they recorded their debut album with French producer Nicolas Vernhes in NYC and recently released the MV for their track, Skipping Girl.
If your music was a person, what would their personality be like? Do you have any character that comes to mind?
Naomi: I feel like it would be a little like Diane Keaton in Manhattan (1979) who play Mary – a slightly weird, neurotic woman who has many hiccups and anxieties over life but manages to put on a good show.
What’s the plan for 2018?
Conor: After recording our first album earlier in the year, we have been working really hard to reproduce it live. We’ve recently dropped a new single ‘Skipping Girl’ and playing lots of new material at shows.
What’s on your music bucket list?
Naomi: Would love to play the Houghton Festival (https://www.houghtonfestival.co.uk/) in the Norfolk countryside. It’s dense woodland beside a lake, an abandoned warehouse and a subterranean bowl to explore. Artists such as bussed Jamal and Floating Points have graced this place.
If you had to choose an album title as a quote to live by, which one would it be and why?
Conor: This was a hard one; I was thinking maybe Movement by New Order. I’m not good at sitting still, so this might remind me to keep moving, keep busy. Cut Copy also have liveable album names like Free Your Mind and Bright Like Neon Love, they both seem positive.
What is the most bizarre moment you’ve experienced during a performance?
Conor: Watching Naomi crowd-surf on her birthday during the last Northeast Party House show.
Credit: Jonty Knight
If you could perform in a concert with other musicians/bands of your choosing, who would they be?
Naomi: I would pick Stereolab, The Green Child and Laure Briard.
What’s on your Spotify playlist at the moment?
Conor: MGMT, Stereolab, Moodoid, Buddy Holly.
Naomi: Hype Williams, DJ Harrison, Ahwlee, Frankie Broyles.
If you could talk to your younger self, what advice would you give about the music industry?
Conor: Practice more; it’ll come in handy!
Naomi: You don’t have to go to uni.
What’s in your gig bag?
Conor: Practice pad, sheets of paper and pens for setlists, earplugs, IEMs, water.
Naomi: I’m not as organised as Conor, but normally some loose picks and used chewing gum still in the wrapper.
Why do you use Audiofly IEMs?
Conor: Playing keys and singing… sometimes it can be really challenging to hear soft pad synths or bass patches. Especially in the smaller venues it’s scary to have to rely on stage monitors, so IEMs guarantee the same sound every time!
Check out their MV of Skipping Girl below: