Making Moves in the West
We chat with upcoming artists about growing up in the West and finding your sound in the suburbs.
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Prince Love @_kingsson
Prince Love creates indie music with a soulful voice, featuring RnB flows on lo-fi beats. With a knack for versatility, Prince is a producer, rapper, singer, and multi-instrumentalist.
Fure @fureofficial Fure are a Footscray-based 4 piece indie- rock band. Their sound is a blend of Aussie indie rock, funk, and fusion. Fure comprises of bass player Tom, drummer Rumi, guitarist Andre, and vocalist Samira.
So tell us about yourselves!
Prince Love: I’m a 23-year-old Congolese male from Werribee. I study, I work and I participate in many other leisure’s, music being one of them!
I’m keen on releasing music that has a mix of flavours and breaks barriers, upgrading on each release, and pushing limits!
Samira (Fure): We met through high school in Footscray. It's a very music-based school. The other members of Fure were in my music class two years ago.
I'm Mauritian. So music was a very big part of how I was brought up. I did it in primary school. high school, everywhere!
Prince, you’ve mentioned you have a wide range of influences, from Usher to Tame Impala.
How has having such an eclectic taste in music shaped your sound?
I think the main response I’ve been getting from people is that they can hear indie rock but also rnb and soul, which is exactly right. It can be like Usher meets Tame Impala!
Fure, a big congratulations on dropping your debut EP last year!
Did Melbourne’s lockdowns shape the process of making that record at all?
Because we couldn’t each other, it was really hard to get that nitpicky. Especially with mixing stuff, because we usually would do that together in the same room and agree on things.
Growing up in the Western suburbs, what have your experiences been like? Do you feel it has influenced the way you make music?
Prince: Growing up in the western suburbs, you see the worst and you see the best.
Nothing is handed out easily, except for shelter and love from your family and friends.
It’s amazing because of all the different cultures we have around us, you’re made to be inclusive and open-minded to all cultures, or else you’re just ignorant to your own habitat.
For example, my 2019 single ‘Bump’ highlights struggles but through hardships. Somehow in the west we all still push through, to see another great day.
Samira: Oh yeah! At least for me, a lot of my experiences have had a really huge music element to them.
I feel like it's a very specific sound, a very jazzy, very alternative road. It's just got a very exploratory aspect to it.
A lot of people around me were making this specific kind of music and I was like, ‘Oh, this is cool, I hadn't really thought of that before!’
Who are your favourite West-based artists at the moment?
Prince: My friends Manny Mula, Nuru Indi, Boy Ace, CD, Mammoth, 3K, Porter Rico, Orange Orange, Jayris, Mackenzie Parker, Agung Mango, Nikodomis, Gus, Pania, Rastafari and Eleftherios.
Samira: Dal Santo is really cool! They have a really summery sound, which is really fun and puts you in a good mood.
Majak Door have a jazzy, psychedelic kind of sound. It’s really, really sick. I only saw them once, but they stood out to me a lot.
What’s your advice for emerging musicians growing up in the West?
Prince: Make music you love, don’t ever make music because of hype or because you think it’s trendy.
Think long-term with any track you want to release. Take your time, great music never expires.
Samira: I feel like a lot of people in the West make stuff but want to keep it to themselves. But I think, especially here, people value what makes your work ‘different.’
No matter what you're putting out people are going to be like ‘Hell yeah!’ and support you.