Thundamentals are headlining the Coffs Coast’s Violet Vibes Festival. FOCUS caught Jeswon + Morgs for a quick chat about what they’ve been up to and what’s still to come …
Hi guys. Congratulations on 10 years of Thundamentals! Take us back 10 years ago; how did you guys come together?
We all come from a small town in the Blue Mountains; Morgs and Tuka were friends since they were pretty young. I (Jeswon) didn’t move up to the mountains until I was seventeen years old. I met the guys through the love of hip hop and music. We met at house parties and things like that and found that we were all big fans of hip hop, that culture and that music. We had friends around us who were already doing shows and starting to make records … We would make music with on a casual level, but they inspired us to take it more seriously. We made the transition of being fans of music to wanting to have a go at making it ourselves; it all just came from a place of friendship and appreciated of music.
It was a pretty organic thing … When you’re such a big fan of something, I think you reach a point where you’re kind of like, I have to give this a go myself, and that’s how I feel it evolved for us. I think that’s the key to why we’ve been able to do this for so long, because before we started making music together we were friends, and to this day – above everything else – we’re friends.
You’ve recently released your fifth studio album, I Love Songs. How has it been received so far, and what is the album’s vibe?
Feedback has been super positive! Some people have commented that it’s so different to our other stuff; although, to us it seems like we are doing the same thing we have always done. We have only ever really made whatever came naturally. This album was no differently made to any other.
I hope the vibe of the record gives some escape from the complexities of the world and helps people focus on all the positives that are out there! I would say the vibe is melted ice cream with milo.
We are excited to have you headlining our Violet Vibes music festival this year. What can fans look forward to?
We love performing – it’s what got us to where we are. Festivals are the cream of the crop when it comes to fans just generally being down to get down and dirty – which we will do as well. We have a new show put together for our headline shows, and we are making a special version of this for festivals!
Who were some of your major influencers?
Urthboy, who has had a successful solo career and initially was part of “The Herd”, and also one of the founding members of “Elefant Traks”, which is a pretty influential hip hop label based in Sydney. Also, really good friends of ours are the “Hermitude” guys; they’re old friends we grew up with. We recorded our first ever EP back in 2008 with one half of Hermitude in his family studio in the Blue Mountains, with him and his father. So, those are some of the guys that we looked up to. There was a crew back then called “Down Under Beats Crew”; they won one of the super early triple j Unearthed comps back in the day, and they were a big inspiration too. They were the closest to what we were doing or wanted to do.
What’s on the radar for Thundamentals in 2019?
Long walks in the park, lego destruction, horse whispering, spandex, cocoa blasts, experimental jazz and trolling Trump’s Twitter account.