Interview: Strict Face talks playing Scouted in Adelaide this month

Adelaide’s Strict Face will be one of the talented artists set to showcase as part of this year’s Scouted event that will be taking over the city on July 27th. Quick to be welcomed into the NLV Records fold and also by music fans right around the country, the producer has been continuously building on his craft and we’re excited to see what’s coming next!

What do you think an event like Scouted means for a music community like Adelaide’s?

For starters, it’s a good chance for people in the Adelaide scene/music industry here to find out about acts that they might not have necessarily come across before. It’s also a testament to how much people in our city are keen to band together and push for cool things to happen here.

You’re playing up at Rocket Bar; have you played the venue before and if so, what is one significant gig memory of the venue (as a performer or punter) that you can tell us about?

It’s hard to choose just one memory, especially considering I’ve played shows there several times over the last few years! One that still stands out to me the most is seeing Nguzunguzu, these two American producers, play really cool club music to a packed-out Rocket band room.

Do you find the idea of ‘performing for industry’ daunting at all?

A little bit – it’s something I’m still trying to acclimatise myself to, especially with people who may not be quite familiar with the sorts of sounds I’m trying to push. Having been more used to playing in dimly-lit nightclubs or basements throughout the years, it’s still a bit of a shock, but sometimes you have to get out of your comfort zones…

How crucial do you think these types of showcases are for the smaller music communities in Australia (i.e. the ones that aren’t Melbourne/Sydney)?

They’re very crucial, because I think it allows smaller cities a chance to truly show to others what we have to offer, and Adelaide has a LOT of talented artists and bands around the block.

In terms of your show – how would you say it has developed over the last year, and what are you looking forward to the most about performing on Friday night?

It’s gradually refined itself from what I was doing when I first started DJing (which is probably my equivalent of playing live, I suppose.) There’s been little risks I’ve tried and happy accidents I’ve come across along the way. This show’ll be exciting because, aside from Scouted only being the second time I’ve played an all-production set, it’ll also be the first time I’ve tried this set under a method I’ve been working on for shows like this.

Have you been working on any new music you can tell us about?

I recently finished my debut long-form project, which’ll be a mixtape. That’ll be coming out before the year’s over. Aside from that, I’ve been working on a few remixes for friends.

What has been a highlight for you, creatively, so far this year?

Getting to play on Boiler Room, for sure. That was one thing I’ve wanted to do for years.

Where are you hoping to take your music by year’s end?

Out of fear of jinxing my chances, I’m not going to answer this one. I know it sounds too vague, but I’d rather work and show results than just talk about them!

Strict Face plays on the AU review’s stage at Rocket Bar – grab your tickets for Scouted, here!

Photo: Daniel Marks