Producer 'Sympathises' With Knife Party Over Tour Cancellation

8 December 2014 | 3:38 pm | Scott Aitken

ShockOne was meant to be the support on the December run.

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Following the massive international success of his debut album Universus last year, local producer ShockOne is hard at work on a follow-up. It’s been a long process so far, with the producer having spent close to a year on the new material. “I have a tendency to get an idea and want to explore every possible avenue before coming back to that same original idea,” he says. “It’s a time-consuming process and it’s not the most efficient way of writing but it seems to be the only way I can write, much to my label and my manager’s dismay.”

The producer says he’s also building his own recording studio in Perth for use in recording the next album. As well as providing a professional space to work on new music, he says the studio might also be used by touring acts. “The main point of the studio really is getting a great sounding room and a really creatively conducive environment, a place that you want to be in all the time because that’s where I spend 12 hours a day at least,” he says. “It would be pretty much just for myself for writing but quite often there are international guys coming through and they need spaces to work. So if I’m not in there it will be a good spot for people like that to work in as well.”

"It was one of my first big festivals as a teenager so it’s a dream come true really to be headlining.”

Luckily folks won’t have to wait long to hear some of the new music, with the producer recently announced as headliner for this year’s Breakfest festival where he’ll be spinning some of the new tracks to get the vibe going on Boxing Day. “I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve played Belvoir before but the last time was four years ago for Origin and it was quite early on in the evening. I’m really looking forward to playing a bit later in the night and it’s my first Breakfest which is a festival I grew up going to. It was one of my first big festivals as a teenager so it’s a dream come true really to be headlining.”

ShockOne was set to support Knife Party on their upcoming tour, but when they cancelled the tour, he lost the slot. He says while he was looking forward to touring with the group, he sympathises with their situation and wants to still get be on the road early next year. “These kinds of things happen in the music world, it’s just one of those things that you’ve got to live with and it’s a reality of touring,” he says. “There are a lot of factors that go into a tour and it wasn’t my headliner so unfortunately I’ve just got to deal with the decisions made. I might have some news on what I’ll be doing instead of the tour but I can’t really say yet because I haven’t got any confirmation.”