Journey Down the Rabbit Hole with PNAU
Australian electronic music group PNAU has been running on full steam since the release of their 5th studio album, Changa, in 2017. Their hit singles “Chameleon” and “Go Bang” have dominated the streaming and airplay charts as well as gaining radio support in the US, UK, and Europe.
Fresh from an amazing Australian summer festival tour, we caught up with PNAU during their summer tour through North America to ask them what the future holds for the psychedelic group.
How has the state of Australian dance music changed over the past decade?
Well to be honest, we’ve been gone for a decade – we’ve been traveling the globe, and generally speaking we haven’t been localized in our home country of Australia. But from a distance, it looks like it’s been going great. It is the place of dreams, the place we are from is the place where everything started- where all life began. And you can hear it too, in the bird songs and in the bands that are playing down the pub and you can see it in the trees in the way they whisper you can hear them breathing.
What trends have you been hearing with the dance scene in Australia and how do you see your sound evolving? (Big fan of the music coming from that part of the world.)
It’s getting serious. It’s getting real. I’ve heard TECHNO coming out of there that’s out of this world- it’s got legs, it’s got wheels, it drives you past the real into a menagerie of imaginary places and stories to feel.
How in the world did you come up with the visual kaleidoscopic technique in the video “Solid Gold?” (Pure genius with the technique!)
Feedback: the feeding back of something into itself like an allegory for meditation oneness all creation creativity love lights all these things they come from Feedback the repetition of feeding back of looking within then we chose to choose the camera to look within to look at itself to repeat itself infinitely. Once we had the action then we presented the dance ..Kira the effigy… the enigma.. the embodiment ..the music… she came she moved we captured we stood in awe …here is what it is.
With your amazing success with ‘Good Morning to the Night,’ can we expect to hear more work with Elton John in the future? Remix album? Original collaboration?
In the future, we will be listening to Elton. We love his music. We have a great friendship. Friends over the years have been the ones who come to us in a dream, inhabitant of the space in between now and then before memory, after zen.
Since Empire of the Sun is touring this year, what are your plans for new releases on that project?
Keep on keeping on making new works. For the first time we’ve introduced an outside producer and it’s a whole other way of making music, so yes lots of work and its gonna be great feeling again.
JR Dominguez is a technology and music editor for MiLLENNiAL. When he's not writing, you can find him in the studio producing music as Signal Froyd.