Premiere: Youthfire's Emerging feat. Diemne gets a tender new video clip
The Melbourne producer's latest single finds them at their most personal and assured yet.
Youthfire is a the electronic/dream-pop project of Melbourne's Stephen Carmichael, and after a solid chunk of time hidden away honing their craft, they've returned with their most assured work to date - Emerging feat. Diemne. The tender, sparse production on the track contrasts well with Melbourne-based rapper Diemne's commanding flow, in the process giving Youthfire the platform to talk about their own path of self-discovery in beautiful fashion.
Along with the premiere of the track's video clip today, we also sent Youthfire a few questions to find a little more - check it all out below:
Tell us about yourself?
Youthfire was born about four years ago and at its heart, it’s a bedroom music project. I’ve been lucky enough to collaborate with artists that really inspire me over the last few years which has helped to develop my craft as a songwriter and producer.
What kinda tunes we talkin’?
I’m really inspired by everything that existed in the 80s. Especially new wave. It was a beautiful time for experimentation and invention. I often think, what kind of music would Prince or The Cure or New Order be making, if they had just started making music now? That inspiration is what I aim to bring to the table with Youthfire.
When it comes to comes how I approach songwriting, every song is wildly different. However, something I’ve learnt to develop is a song ‘radar.’ I’m always searching for ideas. And they usually present themselves in the most unusual places. For example, overhearing a conversation at a cafe, watching a movie or a documentary, or even just talking with a friend. Maybe I’m like a magpie? I’m interested in collecting things that feel very real and authentic to me - they have to resonate in some way. I then usually draw this into my writing process.
Can you tell us about your new single, Emerging ft. Diemne?
Emerging was inspired by the documentary Chris and Don, which depicts the relationship between author Christopher Isherwood and his lover, artist Don Bachardy. As a queer person, I was really inspired by the love they shared and I related to the adversities they overcame in their lives. I approached Diemne with the concept for the song and he jumped at it; we both collaborated very closely to piece together the final lyrics and melodies. I then worked with Abraham Tilbury and Mo•Louie on the harmonies and vocal arrangement. It was very much a collaborative process.
Any shows coming up?
I have a gig at Boney on Dec 13th which will feature guest performances from Mo•Louie, Diemne and Abraham Tilbury!
What’s the rest of the year have in store?
I’m already thinking about the next release! But after my show in December, I hope to be sitting on a beach somewhere up north with a margarita in hand, haha.
Where can we hear more of your music?