Sydney-based artist Angus Murphy has made quite the racket as Amastro, supporting Sticky Fingers tour, playing Groovin The Moo and most recently, Splendour In The Grass.
With an EP and national tour under his belt, another tour just announced and more exciting news on the way, you’re bound to have heard Amastro’s tunes.
While having a good old chinwag with Murphy, I got an insight into how the producer has made his way into the music scene. Some guidance from one of Australia’s hottest DJs, Alison Wonderland, and having a friendly little program called Ableton by his side, has helped Murphy to create his unique style and sound.
“I started off playing piano as a kid. My mother gave me lessons when I was about four years old and stopped playing piano when I was 19 and started producing when I was a bit older. So yeah, piano lessons and then I was in a couple bands, making my own music and I was fully into singing and songwriting and I thought I was going to be sort of Ed Sheeran or John Mayor or something like that,” he laughs.
“I was at Your Paradise [an Australian-run festival in Fiji] in 2015 and I was sitting next to Alison Wonderland completely off chance and she was showing me all her sessions on the album and music like I Want U and that sort of stuff. I was just like frothing because that was the music that I was loving listening to.
“It was fucking sick!” he remembers. “Then I showed her my singing-songwriting, that sort of stuff. She was hell brutal and hell honest and asking me like ‘Why do you make this? What kind of music do you listen to?’ I was like ‘Well, I listen to you and Flume and Hermitude and trap.’ Then she was like ‘Why don’t you make music you like to listen to?’ I was just like, wow, mind blown from that point on. Then I went home downloaded Ableton.”
While I was researching Amastro and his life as a performer, I stumped on an acting profile floating around on the net. It turns out acting was the pathway which led him to music.
“Yes I use to do some acting, yeah that’s me,” he laughs when I bring it up. “I was in a film called Galore. I use to do musicals all of the time, like Footloose, Westside Story and Hairspray. I just love being on stage and love performing and getting into it. But music has taken the front seat at the moment. I just stopped pursuing it and focused all my energy on learning how to produce music and playing music. Once I learned, I haven’t been able to take my head away from the computer for more than a day because I just love it too much!”
Focusing solely on his own project, Amastro dropped a banger of a single called Don’t Let Me which features vocals from Sarah Flint earlier this year. The single is a taster from Murphy’s next EP, currently in the works.
Recently, Amastro was been announced as the support for LDRU’s upcoming tour. How does he juggle support shows as well as his own work? “Support tours are good because it gets you to a big audience that you essentially wouldn’t have, so we’re doing this support tour on the back of a single release but then straight after that I’m doing [my] own tour. So before and after the LDRU tour there will be an Amastro tour on the back of a new single, Sober. So we try and work it all in – the support tours and the solo tours as much as possible. So basically benefit the song, that’s how we do it.”
A big audience has definitely helped Amastro flourish in his music career in the last year. Wrapping it up at Splendour In The Grass a few weeks back, Amastro is seriously blossoming his way into a successful career.
5 August, The Helm, Sunshine Coast
8 August, Full Moon Party, Thredbo
11 August, Mr Wolf, Canberra
18 August, Coffs Hotel, Coffs Harbour *
19 August, Proud Mary’s, Central Coast*
19 August, Waves, Wollongong*
20 August, Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle*
24 August, Oxford Art Gallery, Sydney
26 August, Magnums Hotel, Airlie Beach*
31 August, Odeon Theatre, Hobart*
1 September, Hotel Brunswick, Brunswick Heads *
1 September, Surfers Paradise Beergarden, Surfers Paradise*
13 September, DK Pool Club, Bathurst
* Supporting L D R U