We had a chance to speak with Melbourne-raised musician and creative, Running Touch, following the release of his new single, “Signs”. Accompanying the single is a stripped version and music video, creatively directed by Matt Sav, who has become well known for his work with Tame Impala. The multi-instrumentalist producer and songwriter has garnered attention for his indie-electronic discography, but the release of the alt-rock track, “Signs” displays Running Touch’s continuous evolution as a musician and creative. Check out our interview with Running Touch below –
BTS: How Would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t listened to it yet?
Running Touch: Ah, perhaps experimental indie music. It’s hard to pin because I weave in and out of electronic music often and have never quite stuck to an exact genre. But that’s what I imagine it as.
BTS: What’s the story behind your name
RT: Running Touch was a title for a story of lyrics I wrote when I was finding what I wanted to do with this project in the beginning. Since I’ve always enjoyed working in different projects and genres, touching on each… it made some sense… ‘Running Touch’
BTS: How was working with Matt Sav for the music video for Signs
RT: I loved it. It was gratifying. I learnt a lot about the process, about shooting on film. More than anything it was really enjoyable to just focus on the ideas and basis rather than trying to trial and error my way through filming. Matt is amazing, and so established in his craft, I felt in good hands just riffing and him being able to execute the idea in its entirety.
BTS: With Strong roots in electronic infused music, what led you to explore an alt rock take in your newest project Signs?
RT: Nothing in particular. The song actually started out as something closer to a dance record. I was going for something peeled back and minimalistic. The minute I wrote the verse, it just naturally took the song in a different direction. I didn’t even think twice. The Pre Chorus to me still feels like a dance record.
BTS: Is there a time or place that you feel you make your best music?
RT: I always write on my instruments first and foremost, so I’m usually fine as long as I have those no matter where I am! I’m used to working in my studio because I have all my go to’s. But honestly if there is a piano, guitar and or drum kit I’m ecstatic.
BTS: Any songs or artists that you’ve been digging lately
BTS: What’s next for Running Touch?
RT: So much more music… I’ve got an album to come – so much more of that and some special videos I’m really looking forward to putting out.
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