Taking a step around the current state of electronic music, Polographia’s nostalgic approach takes the royal jelly of times past and pushes it into tomorrow, threading together an array of emotions to construct a heart-warming sense of peace and sentimentality. Debuting in 2011 with the self-released EP Sunsets, Polographia joined the likes of Rüfüs, Motez and What So Not in signing to Sydney-based label Sweat It Out!. Following up with their second EP Natural, their ethereal sounds and incredible live show have led to high-profile supports for local & internationals pioneers like Rüfüs, Snakehips, Tycho, Glass Animals, Shlohmo, Chrome Sparks, Giraffage and Shinto. Delving deeper into their songwriting capabilities, Polographia’s latest EP Friends showcases their signature sentimental groove, tinged with a perceptibly growing maturity in the production and collaborations with vocalists. Recently, Polographia have teamed up with Winston Surfshirt to create POLOSHIRT, a collaborative project that brings together Winston’s unique blend of funk, soul and hip hop and Polographia’s timeless approach to electronic sounds. Bridging the gap between cartoon and reality on stage, POLOSHIRT have performed at Curve Ball and Listen Out 2018.
If your music was a person, what would their personality be like? Do you have any character that comes to mind?
Someone chill and cool that likes to travel and explore the world, soaking up all the sights and sounds.
What’s the plan for 2018/2019?
Working on our debut album, looking for a new studio, working a lot with new singers/rappers and playing some fun DJ sets in between.
What’s on your music bucket list?
To have an album released and press it to vinyl, to play shows in the UK and USA, to collaborate with some bigger international artists, to make music a full time career.
If you had to choose an album title as a quote to live by, which one would it be and why?
It would definitely be along the lines of ‘Bliss,’ cause we want everyone to feel relaxed and happy while listening to our music.
What is the most bizarre moment you’ve experienced during a performance?
Someone’s mom came to a show on the Winston Surfshirt debut album tour and passed out on a fold back speaker, turns out she was just tired.
If you could perform in a concert with other musicians/bands of your choosing, who would they be?
Toro y Moi, Neon Indian, Kaytranada.
What’s on your Spotify playlist at the moment?
A constantly updated playlist of electronic music like Free Nationals, MAC Miller, Blood Orange, High Hoops etc. and a chill trap playlist with Lil Yachty, Travis Scott, Brockhampton etc.
If you could talk to your younger self, what advice would you give about the music industry?
Start early, practice more, record everything, finish every song, release, release, release.
What’s in your gig bag?
A mess of cables, guitar, small ass drum kit, laptops, midi keyboard, spd drum pad, interface, Audiofly IEMs
Why do you use Audiofly IEMs?
The quality is so good! I’ve used other In Ear Monitors and I’ve never been able to hear everyone on stage so clear at a lower volume. The cord is really flexible too and helps when you’re jumping around.
Check out their MV of Sly (featuring another one of our Mates On Stage artists, Winston Surfshirt) below:
Photos by Dan Knott