We’ve closely followed your musical journey over the last few years, tell us about some of the places you’ve lived during this time & your reason or want for being there?
JLD | I'm a little bit addicted to living in multiple places. I lived in America the majority of my twenties. I always loved how the sates applaud you for being ambitious and you can make something out of nothing. in Australia growing up on the gold coast, it's very sheltered and safe. I get very restless. New York has electric energy, but now I go there and it just reminds me of hustle and punishment - like you grind your core working, and relax by getting drunk at a dive bar.
I moved to California after a few years living in New York, its a lot more like where I grew up on the Gold Coast. I've spent a lot of time in the California desert the last two years, where I feel like I've grown the most as human. I had some emotional issues I needed to work out and just having open earth space to think. It's close to LA so I spent some time there, I always try and move to LA and something traumatic will happen like a death, or something intense, so I'm not sure I'm supposed to be there.
I went to Mexico for six months in 2018. I went to Higuera Blanca, a small rural village on the beach just out from Sayulita and that was unbelievable. the most beautiful beach and I just swam in the ocean for two weeks, crying in my casita at all the changes going on in my life. I got a bus to the middle of Mexico to stay in San Miguel de Allende. I thought it was a small town in a desert and I had packed nothing nice to wear only beach clothes, but it was a Spanish colonial party town that was by far the most life-changing experience for me. I met a lot of people who are like me in many ways, had lived in many countries and cities, were bicoastal, and freelance creatives. It's an artist town, and a lot of beautiful people influenced my life and direction my time there.
Mexico city is unreal. I want to live there one day, its a Spanish speaking Latin new York. I spent my thirtieth there too, I had a table of friends eat tacos and ceviche at Paramo and went out Latin dancing all night drinking mezcal - kind of like heaven in a city.
I've lived in Melbourne Australia - that's a great city for music, art, food and I recorded both albums there. I also have support in friends there and it makes it easier when recording. Gold coast is my hometown and I love going to Byron Bay, Burleigh Heads and being a beach bum in summer.
"I was almost ready to give up on all my plans in music and life. I just lived, loved, and had a lot of people fill my emotional cup - something I had sacrificed my whole twenties."
How have the cities you have lived and worked in influenced your approach to music?
JLD | New York influences me politically, fills me with rage, makes me feel so jaded, and exposed to harsh realities that I have to write about it.
California desert gives me space, silence and escape I need to process my thoughts, emotions and ideas. Its a place with few distractions so you just play music for hours.
Melbourne - The people I've been spending lots of time with this year have a music studio, so when I wasn't recording, I was writing music or playing music, which felt really positive.
Mexico - fills your emotional cup and gives you the strength to pursue your goals. It reenergizes me.
Gold Coast - is where my mum is, and I can just hide, have a routine, and plan things and go to the beach in between.
Jersey City gives you your own apartment for cheaper than a bedroom with five roommates in Brooklyn, the commute is longer, but you have a whole apartment to write without the distractions. its also a good transition leaving new York and makes you go "fuck this, I'm moving to California."
Los Angeles makes me extremely stressed and I can't get anything done but soak in Korean day spas and wish I wasn't there. Maybe one day my experience will change and ill get an apartment and hideaway in the canyons.