THE TAKE 5 SERIES
But how did the double-act develop their immersive musical style?
Growing up on Australia’s Gold Coast, Matthew and Thomas Coleman spent their childhoods listening to everything from Michael Jackson to the Beastie Boys. That early musical development, combined with a fantastic working relationship, led them to begin releasing music in 2010 with their first single, “Big Bootie Bitches”. The song was a commercial success, bringing in millions of online plays and reaching number 3 on the Beatport Electro Top 100.
Their next big break came in 2013 when “Party Bass” was nominated for the ARIA Song of the year award after reaching number 25 on their charts.
Of course, it’s not all about topping the charts. What makes these two artists so successful is their dedication to creating a sound that brings the best of Australian EDM to the forefront of the international scene. By combining progressive house music with that iconic Melbourne Bounce style, they’ve developed an identity for their music that sets it apart from the crowd.
If you’re hyped for a band at the cutting edge of EDM music with a truly captivating sound, then you need to check out Bombs Away. You won’t regret it.
Q: Before we dig in, what's next for you?
Hey Heyy, I have about 12 projects on the go right now, but most recently is my cover of Daft Punk’s “Around the World.” I think the subsequent few releases will be collaborations with artists from all sides of the world, I can’t disclose much more at the moment, but the songs sound fresh. I’m super excited about them.
Q: What does music mean to you?
Wow, that’s a big question, haha. Music has been my entire life; it was my passion and hobby all through high school. (there was a lot of beatboxing and freestyle rapping back then) It has been my full-time job for over a decade now, and I am always grateful I get to wake up and spend my time in such a creative space. For me, music provides an outlet for all states of emotion. It’s an outlet for those carefree moments, the darkest and brightest moments.
Q: Is there a song that makes you emotional?
There’s an obvious standard for this question, Nero – “Into The Night” – it’s the duality in the vocals, the cadences, the chords, the structure, the story, the tonal dynamics…. even on my 245th listen, I’ll get goosebumps. The production is delivered so simply and with such finesse; nothing is distracting, but it’s just so satisfying. (I’m going to listen to it right now)
Q: How important are lyrics?
I think everything is contextual. Some of my favorite songs have no lyrics; some are very simple, while others are intricate and full of double meanings and metaphors. I think the message is important; it doesn’t have to be severe, and it doesn’t have to be communicated with words. I feel like I’ve avoided the actual question. Maybe I should go into politics.
Q: Which musical era would you visit if you could travel back in time?
The 80’s definitely! The beginning of synthesizers, heavily influenced by rock and still restricted by the analog production process, meant that songwriting was still the most vital element of the sound. As a result, the ’80s gave us absolute classics like “Sweet Dreams,” “Send Me An Angel,” and the entire soundtrack of my all-time favorite movie ‘RAD.’
Q: Who was your role model while growing up?
From an early age, it was Michael Jackson and Elvis. When I think back to it, it wasn’t the music but the larger-than-life energy they brought to everything they did. But as I got more involved in music, artists like Mix Master Mike, Beastie Boys, Nas, Big L, and Anything produced by Dre. They were all inspiring because their humanity drove them, so the dream seemed more achievable. Does that make sense?
Q: What makes you feel unstoppable?
There’s a quote, ‘Learn To Rest Instead of Quit.’ There are a lot of times that I use that as my mantra to remind myself to step back and get some perspective. That always lets me push myself with a more focused target.
Q: What would be on the gag reel of your life?
It would be a long reel, however long it has been from the moment of conception to right now doing this interview.
Q: How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop?
I tried to google this, but I just got a list of “Why You Should Never Let Your Dog Lick Your Face,” so that’s going to be my official guess.
Q: Would you travel to space? (if yes, which planet? If no, then why not)?
I would definitely need a planet with an atmosphere for sound to travel through. I mean, if we can’t have interplanetary music festivals, what’s the point?