RS: Your music has been on a bunch of TV programs here in the US.
How do you think that's helped get your songs across over here?
Kim Moyes (The Presets): I think it's really great,. I think something like having us on So You Think You Can Dance, and the finale of the first season, was really amazing for us. We're still not that well-known here, and a lot of people heard that track when they watched that show, and we had this massive spike in our sales on iTunes that week. Obviously it's a good thing.
RS: Another way to push the CD is the remixes – Life Like, Jori
Hulkkonen, and Zombie Nation.
Kim Moyes (The Presets): Yes, a lot of the remixes that we have done are suggestions that I make. I'm really involved in compiling the artists for the remixing, and also work closely with Glen, from Modular. We both compile lists of people that we're really listening to at the moment, who have been doing really great club tunes or remixes, and reach out to as many of those people as possible. So far we're really fortunate to have some really great remixes come back, and they kind of want us to jump onboard, except Maurice Fulton, who constantly says no. He is the one person that we ask to remix pretty much every time we have a song. We should have stopped maybe a couple of songs ago, but there was a time then when we were just obsessed, because we were trying to get him to do a remix and he just always says no. It's so funny.
RS: Maurice the guy who did that Mu track called "Paris Hilton?"
Kim Moyes (The Presets): Yeah, I know he's been a really big house producer for maybe fifteen years. When he did some of that Crystal Waters stuff in the early 90s, it was quite big. He's a bit of a freaked-out dude. He sort of does a whole bunch of stuff, but it's really like traditional house stuff, and it's really cool.
RS: I was just wondering where this Zombie Nation came from,
because in the US all we know is Kernkraft 400. Was that guy big in
Australia, and we just missed it?
Kim Moyes (The Presets): No. To be honest, I've only gotten on to it pretty recently. He had a big tune last year called "A Lower State Of Consciousness," under the name ZZT. I found out about him from that kind of track. But I think in the techno world he's quite a big kind of guy.
RS: OK, that's cool. I don't get to talk to Australians that
much, but I always am dying to ask you all as Australians, is everyone
in Australia completely obsessed with the Minogue sisters?
Kim Moyes (The Presets): No. I don't think so. Kylie is a super big gay icon, and whenever she tours the shows are sold out, at entertainment centers – massive, flamboyant shows. And Dannii – I don't know what her vibe is. She's kind of like the mess up mind, like a plastic surgery nightmare.
RS: That's an interesting way of describing her.
Kim Moyes (The Presets): There was a question that someone asked us a couple of years ago, for a magazine interview: "What would you do if you were asked to write a song with Danni Minogue?" and we answered that we would kill ourselves. It still kind of crops up; people still ask "So do you still want to kill yourself if you were asked to do a track with Dannie Minogue?" I'm like, "Yes, definitely."
RS: Well which Australian pop star would you rather work with –
Darren Hayes, Delta Goodrem, or Kylie?
Kim Moyes (The Presets): I think Darren Hayes for sure, yes.
RS: Very cool. What would you like to say to all your fans out there?
Kim Moyes (The Presets): Keep it fertile. Buy me a drink, and get drunk again.
RS: It's like eleven o'clock in the morning, you'll have to wait for that.
Kim Moyes (The Presets): Oh I know, but it's a bit late for me.
Posted August 4, 2008