Indie electronic musician Lucas Arundel is prolifically creative.
He remixes the likes of Bon Iver and Emma Louise. He writes poetry. He samples sounds from existing tracks and daily life. Calling himself simply ‘Arundel’, this 22-year old Brisbane artist produces and records his ambient, orchestral music in his home studio with a focus on innovative arrangements, instrumentation and sonic texture. Simply put, he’s the Gotye of the West End.
Arundel experimented with music from a young age. He first picked up the saxophone in high school and moved onto guitar. “After I gave up the sax, my parents were reluctant to buy me another instrument,” he said. “But my need to play guitar, inspired by Silverchair, won them over.”
While playing in bands with older classmates, Arundel studied music and explored different genres. “I discovered my love of orchestral music and improvisation,” he says. From soundtracks to classical to punk, Arundel began to sample music and layered the samples to create a new sound.
In 2011, Arundel created a jam space and recording studio in his former Dutton Park share house. “The houses keep me in Brisbane,” he says, explaining how he samples sounds like creaking doors, geckos and water in the bathtub. “I need the right space to create. I’m moving back to Dutton Park soon.”
Through jam sessions, Arundel tried a multitude of instruments. “Most recently I played a clarinet, not very well mind you, but at least I’ve tried,” he said. He’s currently learning the Ondes Martenot, an electronic instrument made famous by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood.
Jam sessions brought more than instruments into Arundel’s repertoire. He’s collaborated with Brisbane bands Inland Sea, Texas Tea and Skypilot and continues to work with vocalists such as Simon Crossley and Kate Jacobson. Many of his collaborators appeared on his 2012 EP, Olive Caves. Arundel shared the record on Bandcamp in a pay what you want arrangement.
I didn’t want money to get in the way of people hearing the music,” he says. “Funds from the EP go to recording new music.
On his next EP, Arundel is planning to create a cohesive sound, a departure from Olive Caves where he was intentionally unrestrained by genre. “It’s going to be a smoother ride. The songs will be more accessible.”
Although he does not perform live often, Arundel puts a lot of energy into his stage productions and composes his music to be played before an audience. “I don’t want to be a guy that just stands up with his laptop,” he said. With dozens of Brisbane gigs under his belt, Arundel dreams of playing at the Judith Wright Centre for Performing Arts.
When Arundel is not in the producer’s seat, he works as a freelance graphic designer. He loves to travel and has volunteered in Vietnam, building schools. Between gigs, he completed a double degree in Business and Creative Industries from QUT.
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Words by Katie Fedosenko | Images by Darlia Argyris