Talking inspiration, future plans and Adele with GANZ

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Dutch producer GANZ briefly returned back to Australia recently, for yet another jaunt around the country in support of his appearance at Splendour In The Grass.

With his hard hitting EP GAO out earlier in the year, this work is widely regarded as his best yet, and with each tour his live show continues to exceed already high expectations with the sheer amount of effort and consideration he puts into his craft.

After setting the Mix Up tent alight at Splendour, we had a chat to the man himself to talk inspiration, future plans and Adele. Check it out below!

First of all, have you been here before?

No, never. This is like the first time I’m here, and it’s pretty good.

So have you seen anybody play at Splendour during your time here?

I watched What So Not, LDRU, I probably watched like two more acts but I can’t remember the name of them right now.

Cool, so you’ve got a track with What So Not and JOY. called ‘Lone’, how did that come about?

I met up with Chris (WSN) after I did the ‘Hyperparadise’ flip, and we got in contact and met with him a bunch of times, went to the studio and created a track two years ago in Amsterdam. It took us like a year to a year and a half to finish it because we weren’t around that often, so every time he was around we just went in the studio trying to finish the track, then suddenly one day Chris sent me a new version which blew my mind.

Who is your favourite up and coming artist?

That’s a hard one, because I don’t listen to the music I’m in that often.

It doesn’t have to be your music.

Still a hard one, because I listen to a lot of stuff. Definitely Jarreau Vandal. He’s a Dutch guy, I used to listen to a lot, he’s one of the few guys I listen to. I get this question all the time and it’s super hard.

That’s okay, do you have a pre-show ritual?

Smoke cigarettes, drinking Bacardi and coke, have a chill and that’s it. I don’t prepare shows normally, I just have a chill and put on my shorts and get on stage.

What did you want to be when you were little?

I always wanted to discover dinosaurs and stuff, and I always loved to cook and design as well so probably those three things.

Best live act you’ve ever seen?

Adele 3 weeks ago, I waited for that concert for like 5 years. It was the best day of my life, so I’m going to wear an Adele t-shirt on stage as well.

What inspires you?

Travelling inspires me a lot. My background, my roots inspire me a lot as well.

What’s your background?

I’m an islander from Indonesia the Pacific part, so you can see it from Australia which is cool. I think that inspires me a lot, family and friends inspire me a lot as well.

What does home mean to you?

Home means to me sleep in every day, waking up seeing my parents again, seeing my friends again, family, have a chill, make new music, and get more inspired.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a producer?

Probably looking for dinosaurs, or cooking dishes.

Who would your dream collaboration be with?

I think having Matt Corby on a track would be cool. Lapsley, James Blake, Hudson Mohawke, Rustie, Flying Lotus, Kimbra, even to have more tracks with JOY and Maribelle… Well I have a lot of people I love listening to. Adele definitely is number one! I actually have a list for my album of people I wanted to work with, let’s look at that.

Okay let’s get that out.

It’s going to be a long list… Okay so it is Kimbra, Kučka, George Maple, Danny Brown, definitely ASAP Rocky or Little Dragon, and Tyler The Creator.

Wow that’s a lot of names, good luck with that. What is the best set you’ve ever played?

Well, the best Australian set probably so far was last week in Adelaide, they turn up so fucking hard and I got to play a lot of stuff people had never heard before. It’s a hard one actually because Australia is my favourite place on Earth to play at and to be at, so definitely has to be one Australian show.

And finally is there any new music we should be looking out for?

I’m now working on an album so hopefully we’re going to drop a few singles, maybe one or two singles this year, I’m not sure if we’re going to make it in time but there’s a lot of stuff coming up. I did a Slumberjack remix which is probably going to drop August, and that’s it… Maybe there’ll be a lot more stuff but for now just focusing on the album.

Words by Julia Insolia and Emma Jones.

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A young music enthusiast that’s too awkward to say hi in person, but will happily eat three dinners in front of you. Loves open spaces and dark nightclubs, and is at her best when intoxicated.