Electric Empire

Electric Empire

 Melbourne, Victoria, AUS
BandAlternativeSoul

Australia hottest soul music act. Their self titled début album resulted in sold out shows across Australia, 3 shows at Glastonbury (UK), national supports w/ Brand New Heavies, Fat Freddy's Drop, Mayer Hawthorne, Aloe Black(AUS), Beverly Knight(UK). Record of the month at Tower Records(JAP).

Biography

Electric Empire is fast becoming one of Australia’s top music exports. But like many of their contemporaries, the group has taken the global route before hitting the headlines at home. And what an incredible journey it’s been.
In less than a year, the four-piece has achieved more than most others would manage in a lifetime. Electric Empire has toured the world, filling illustrious theatres and clubs, and playing some of the best-known festivals on the
planet.
In 2011, Electric Empire delivered a string of shows at Britain’s famous Glastonbury Festival, they graced the stage of London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall (2012) and played to full houses in Japan and France. The band’s music has even taken them into Kazakhstan. And along the way, Electric Empire has sold tens of thousands of copies of their debut album. For Electric Empire, the incredible ride is just beginning.
Electric Empire is comprised of Jason Heerah (drums), Aaron Mendoza (keys), Dennis Dowlut (guitar) and Simon Olsen (bass). They’re an independent-minded collection of talented musicians, songwriters and producers, where some relationships within the gang trace back a near lifetime. Between them, they call Sydney and Melbourne home, but right now they’re better accustomed to life on the road.
Those experiences are shaping the music of Electric Empire.

The group have cut a new EP CHANGIN’, which gained a full-release in the Australian market in 2012.

The recording is a follow-up to their self-funded and self-titled 2010 debut album, which has sold more than 40,000 copies outside Australia – a remarkable achievement for a fully independent release.

“On the first album, we explored the vintage sounds from the 60’s and 70’s era, the music we grew up listening to,” explains Jason. “This time around, after touring and playing so much together, we were much more aware of our sound and we’re taking that into our writing sessions.”
On the new EP, the group experiments in new soundscapes, built around strong themes and messages. It’s co-produced by John Castle, the studio mastermind behind recordings from Washington, The Cat Empire, The Bamboos, Lior and The Drones, among many others.
It’s an EP filled with heart, a collection of rich works which rise, and glow with dreamy touches. And of course there’s a whole lot of soul. “We’re opening our minds to mixing a bit of a fresher, wider sound. It’s 2012 and we’re making a record with all that history, but created with a modern feel.”
Jason, Aaron and Dennis all take turns on the lead mic. It’s a democratic process which has a life of its own. “The song tends to find the singer,” explains Aaron. “We know each others voices. And more often than not, we know who the song belongs to.” On the EP, each member of Electric Empire gets to showcase their vocal talents. The newest recruit, Simon, also lending his vocals to the mix.
Electric Empire’s story so far has been one of talent, persistence and belief. The debut track Baby Your Lovin’ received plenty of international airplay, and helped establish a sizeable following, both online and in a live setting.
The international artist community has proven to be a decisive factor. Support slots for the likes of The Brand New Heavies, U.S. soul sensation Mayer Hawthorne and Antipodean funksters Fat Freddy’s Drop and The Bamboos pushed the group into the spotlight in 2011. More recently, shows with British soul star Beverley Knight and Aloe Blacc have thrust them further ahead.
“The overall goal had always been to have international success, to play overseas,” says Dennis. “We opened that door quickly. With Glastonbury, that was our first international show. It’s rolled on ever since. Our big goal is to break big internationally. That’s what we’re all pining for.”
The promotional buzz behind Electric Empire is now well and truly humming towards that goal. British media outlets the BBC, The Sun, Music Week and Q Magazine are all turning their attention to Electric Empire. On the Continent, the likes of Radio Nova (France) and Rolling Stone Magazine have thrown their considerable support behind the group.
Electric Empire have embarked on a relentless schedule in support of the latest EP release. The band’s itinerary included five August shows in Japan, and this September they swing into Brisbane’s Bigsound, one of the music industry’s most important conference and showcase events. A headline tour in the U.K. and France has been confirmed for October. Electric Empire will showcase at the Australasian World Music Conference on November 17, in what figures to be a particularly busy month. A string of Australian summer festival and headline tour dates will follow in November, when the collective plays the Queenscliffe Music Festival (Victoria), Mullum Festival (New South Wales) and Golden Days Festival(Queensland). Electric Empire is just getting started.
“We all love to play live. There’s nothing better than playing a festival, or working with other art

Discography

Electric Empire, Electric Empire