These are the places upsidedownhead feels most at home
With a recently announced signing to Liberation Records to his name AND his forthcoming EP complex set to be released this Friday, Sydney’s UPSIDEDOWNHEAD is quickly and quietly catapulting his way onto our radar.
The EP is set to feature seven tracks and is something that’s taken the producer years to come to fruition. He’s taken this EP to a few places: recording and mixing it himself in Sydney, Melbourne, LA and Chicago. We’ve so far only been graced with two cuts from the extended play, but this Friday, it’s all about to change.
Both singles so far can be characterised by dark, punchy beats, bouts of quiet industrial phrases and a keen ear for rhythm. Both tracks are complex in their own way and something that’s become really apparent with the way upsidedownhead creates is that he knows just how to use the strengths these features have to his sound’s advantage.
Whether it be pairing the humble falsetto of Dave Jenkins Jr‘s voice with the subtle tinniness of the shuffling percussion in ‘my cave’, or the brooding darkness set in Ric Rufio‘s vocals with the glistening melodic line pulsing in the background of ‘get low’, upsidedownhead‘s got a real knack for pairing juxtaposing sounds and finding ways to make it work.
To celebrate the release of the EP on Friday, we thought it would be cool to get to know the mysterious producer and find out some of the places that are closer to home for him. Featuring some cool local spots in Marrickville and a bonus pic of a studio pup, these are some of the places upsidedownhead feels at home.
Tempe Basketball Courts
To be fair, it could be any basketball court really and to be honest i spend most of my time in the morning at the Sydney Uni courts. But, this is my local… it’s on the way to the studio and i try to get out in the mornings before everyday in the studio. There’s nothing like the morning sun, my AT bluetooth headphones and just putting up jumpers. It really gets me in a good head space and is so important for the soul.
My den in Marrickville. I probably spend way too much time here. But i love it, i share a building with heaps of other talented producers and i feel we have a real community here. It’s nice sometimes to just walk in and sit in the kitchen and chat about anything before you hit the beat making. It’s also inspiring working in a place where everyone is working on awesome stuff. Also, there are 2 studio dog’s… Blossum and Tank. Also attached is a photo of Tank.
This is my local #1(close to home). For anyone that knows me… knows i’m a sucker for cafes. For me to love a cafe, 1. It needs to have batch brew coffee and 2. a variety of scrumptious cafe made treats. Alex and Danny run this place and my coffee is always perfect and they always are bloody lovely when i drag myself in half asleep. The finely curated music is also a plus… there’s nothing like sitting in the sun with a mug just breathing in before you get going.
This is my local #2 (close to studio). Again, they won my heart with the batch coffee and then made me a loyalist with the chicken and almond sandwich… omg… i have to pretend i don’t want to order it everytime i’m in there. I’m like… “maybe i’ll get the…ham…tuna… you know what i’ll get the chicken”. I do this to give the false impression there’s anything else worth buying for lunch. To be fair everything is so good, i’m just obsessed with the chicken sandwich. Daniel and Kye are also very sweet humans.
This isn’t local, but this is my home away from home ‘somewhere’ down the south coast… I feel as if i’m a local when i’m down there though. From walks through the national park to paddle boarding the ocean and surrounding rivers, I come here to unwind and escape the city. I love Sydney, but sometimes you need to get away to a bit of quiet to recharge and this is my spot…except when it’s overrun by Sydney yuppies doing the same thing. Ironic. Also Pilgrims cafe has got to be the best vegetarian cafe ever.
Intro by CAITLIN MEDCALF