Bass-heavy and bombastic, frenetic yet lush, the music of Slumberjack is born from its Perth-based creators’ passion for contrast. Made up of DJ/producers Morgan Then (a 23-year-old Borneo-bred concert pianist and former world-music artist) and Fletcher Ehlers (a 21-year-old Australian native who taught himself to make electronic music at age 11), the duo dig into their disparate backgrounds to push into thrillingly original sonic territory.
Formed in 2013, Slumberjack initially honed their production skills by making remixes, but quickly went on to shape their own sound by playing off the contrasts at the heart of their collaboration. The result: an elaborately textured, artfully crafted brand of electronic music that’s kaleidoscopic in sound and intense in energy.
Steadily building a following through their “Slumbercams” (social-media-shared hangout footage of Then and Ehlers) and a self-financed tour around Australia, Slumberjack released their breakthrough single “Felon” through Perth-based collective Die High Records in June 2014. One month later, the duo signed to Onelove and set to work on their self-titled debut (which went on to hit #2 on the iTunes electronic chart soon after its release). By the end of the year they’d not only taken the stage at Stereosonic, but also racked up about 2.5 million plays on SoundCloud and made their way into major rotation on the Australian national radio station triple j.
With their musical influences stemming from things like film scores and Mongolian prayer music and Gregorian chants, it’s fair to say Slumberjack are emerging as one of the most exciting and daringly creative acts within Australia’s electronic music scene.