A Music Blog, Yea? spoke with Melbourne’s “mind-bending orchestral weird pop” maker Eden Mulholland earlier this month. Have a read as we spoke about his single I Will Echo, a 20 second sketch, and his obsession with sci-fi books.
AMBY: Hello Eden, what have you been up to lately?
Eden Mulholland: I’ve just finished the last date on tour supporting David Bridie around Australia. We played the beautiful Hobart in Tasmania, had an amazing time and I’m writing this from the airport waiting for a flight to Wellington New Zealand for a composing job, I’m hoping there are no earthquakes when I’m there!
AMBY: Your music has been described as an “indie-pop gem”, “genre defying”, and “brilliantly eclectic”. But how would you describe your sound?
Eden Mulholland: My music is twisted-adventure-anything-goes-pop I reckon.
AMBY: Which songs are your favourite off of your album Feed the Beast?
Eden Mulholland: Lighthouse, Body Double, and I Will Echo. Lighthouse because it is all sampled from a nasty microphone while I was jamming in a hall for a dance theatre project. Body Double cause it has auto-tune robot voices. I Will Echo because I am very proud of that beat and the fact that it is the happiest sounding tune I’ve probably ever written.
AMBY: Your first single I Will Echo is an excellent indie tune. What inspired the track?
Eden Mulholland: I had this 20 second sketch lying around for about 2 years. It had no beat and just looped but I knew there was a good melodic hook in there – it wasn’t till the studio 1 hour before we were going to record it that I wrote the lyrics and came up with the beat. I love it when songs seem to just write themselves, like they have been just waiting to be let out.
AMBY: What’s your favourite lyric you’ve written?
Eden Mulholland: “I’m going to find you, then I’m going to kill you, you will suffer tonight, don’t laugh at me” – taken from the song Such A Shame You Must Die from Feed the Beast.
AMBY: Has moving to Melbourne enhanced your creativity compared to being in New Zealand?
Eden Mulholland: I guess it has really! It’s been a cool adventure meeting people and seeing new places. The music culture here is very similar to NZ but way more confident of itself. I have started to learn how to be less self deprecating, more abandoned with what I choose to release.
AMBY: If you could invite any 3 people to record an album with, who would you pick?
Eden Mulholland: Jol Mulholland, Will Mulholland and Neil Baldock
AMBY: If you had to read 1 book on repeat, what would it be?
Eden Mulholland: Excession by Iain M Banks.
AMBY: What’s next for Eden Mulholland?
Eden Mulholland: Bigsound conference in Brisbane in September – Headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne to celebrate the release of Feed the Beast then shows in New York in October!!!
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Eden Mulholland that nobody knows yet?
Eden Mulholland: Is obsessed with Sci Fi books. Especially Iain M Banks.
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