Bag Raiders Interview
Prior to meeting Chris and Jack, there is this feeling of nostalgia. Bag Raiders track “Shooting Stars” came out in 2009, when I was 23 and hangovers just didn’t exist. A time when I would love going out late to bars in Kings Cross, and coming home when the sun came up. A period that definitely does not exist for me anymore, and a period now that others just don’t experience, at all (insert rant about Sydney’s lockout laws and dying night life here).
I know the meme brought Shooting Stars back into the charts, but what’s happened post that for you?
Jack: Not a whole lot to be honest. I mean we’re not all that mad about (it). It was cool and I think the best thing about it was that, a lot of kids who hadn’t heard of our music before, got to hear it and got introduced to us.
Chris: The post meme world is pretty similar to the pre meme world.
I know for myself it brought back great memories of nights out hearing it again; what songs or artists have that effect on you?
Jack: For sure, I think for me it’s of a time when I first started going out and going clubbing. Going to the Bang Gang parties in Sydney back in the day.
Chris: We were just talking about this the other day, and thinking of making a playlist and we were thinking; what were the songs when we first started going out and we were hearing new music for the first time.
So, what’s on this playlist?
Chris: The twelves remix of “Not going to teach me how to dance with you”.
Jack: Ohhhh a few Bloc Party things. It’s kind of like this whole, punk funk rock music in the club, Indie dance vibes that bring that feeling of nostalgia for me.
You’ve previously said that SoundCloud was a way to get new music heard when starting out. In light of the recent news regarding the uncertainty of their future, and Pandora Australia closing their services at the end of the month. What’s next?
Chris: Pandora as well?!! Argh
Jack: But only in Australia. Yeah that’s crazy. Chris was telling me the other day that YouTube is the biggest music streaming platform in the world which is pretty wild. But I stopped using SoundCloud a while ago when they made us pay and removed all our tracks when we put them up. They had this hectic copyright block.
Chris: And it was everyone’s stuff, and everyone would post these picture like “Hey Bag Raiders, your song contains elements of Bag Raiders.”
Jack: Well no shit, that’s because it’s our song. You have infringed a copy of yourself. But in all honesty, it’s a shame about Pandora, because I know a lot of people who loved our station and heard a lot of other great tracks off ours. Which I thought was really nice.
You’ve also described DJing as “bringing a usb, getting pretty drunk and playing other people’s tracks”. Tell me about this:
Jack: Yeah that sounds about right. Anyone could argue that.
Both of them look at each other and start laughing, there’s got to be a good story behind this.
Jack: Nah we’re not that wild, we’re both pretty tame.
What is your favourite track to perform live?
Jack: I’ve been loving playing Breakdown lately. It’s sick and it’s got a good build and this satisfying end. What else?
Chris: We’ve been opening with Friend Inside, and the first bit is always fun. I always like So demanding as well.
What is one of your favourite artists to see live?
Chris: For me that would’ve been the Pixies because they’d broken up, and I never ever see this band in my entire life. And then they played at V Festival and THEN they played at Splendour. And I just thought, this is the best two years!
If you could perform or stream a show anywhere, where would it be?
Chris: Outer space.
You’re the second artist to say this, I asked Pierce Brothers this question and they both look at each other and say the moon.
Chris: Yeah the moon, or Mars even. Or we talked about how we were in Mexico, on top of that pyramid that we climbed up and it would be pretty cool to do a gig up here.