Getting To Know... Low Key Crush

Following on from a enticing array of offerings these last few years, Australian duo Low Key Crush are back once again to unveil their latest effort 'Night Time'.

Lifted from their forthcoming new EP ‘Bats Over The Eastern Freeway’, which is due out in the coming months, 'Night Time' makes for a extremely warm and alluring return. Channelling their sweet and sweeping dream-pop direction once again, their newest release will wash over you and leave you feeling rejuvenated throughout.

So with the new single available now, we sat down with Tim from the pairing to find out more about his origins and what has been inspiring him most lately.


What was the first instrument you fell in love with?

The first instrument I fell in love with was the violin. I saw an orchestra from the local high school perform when I was 5 or 6 and asked my mum that night if I could get one. For the next 10 years or so I was a pretty studious classical music kid!

What kind of music did you love when you were younger?

Everything on the radio including the lead in song to my favourite countdown segment that played each night was the Beatles’ All My Loving. Backstreet Boys and Hanson were probably the first groups I ever got into.

What was the first album you remember owning?

Aquarium by Aqua. My aunt got it for me for my birthday because she knew how much I wanted it.

What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?

I think either Surf’s Up by Brian Wilson or Case of You by Joni Mitchell.

Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?

I try to distract myself a lot, like watching a basketball game or anything else that doesn’t have music in it but can be watched. Anything to take the pressure off trying to come up with the next word or the next chord change. Unless you get into the right mood and everything starts working on its own. Sometimes I’ll go get a coffee somewhere to try and write lyrics and listen to mumbling demos of a new song so that I’ve got the melody and vocal sounds I like clear in my head. I listen to demos of new songs on repeat anywhere I walk to to try and work out what should be happening next.

Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?

Haim, Charli XCX and The Flamingos. I’ve listened to ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’ on repeat for the last few months because I’d somehow never heard it until recently, I think it’s the most amazing recording and hands down has the best studio harmonies I can think of. I love how spooky and cavernous it is.

If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?

Maybe HAIM? I think they would be the most fun to hang out with and have great crowds from what I can tell on youtube. I would love to see them live, please reschedule your Australian trip HAIM!

What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?

I think when you write something you like, or when you get it right on a recording is my favourite thing. I love how much a song changes over the recording process.

And what is the most frustrating part?

You really emotionally invest yourself in what you’re doing and it can be a bit of a rollercoaster, for example waking up the next morning and realising that line you thought was brilliant is actually nonsense, or that genius chorus melody is actually boring.

And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?

Let a song go where it needs to go, don’t be precious or sentimental about certain sounds or ideas if they’re not working in the wider context of the song. A kill your darlings kind of thing I guess.


Low Key Crush's new single 'Night Time' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.