Anzac Park is the is the 18-year-old LGBT alternative pop artist with roots in New Zealand, central Europe and Britain who just released his EP Event Horizon that was fully written and produced by himself and offers ultra modern electro-pop and coming-of-age lyrics by an artist who was already listed for several international poetry and literature prizes.“EVENT HORIZON, just as the single that preceded it, exists within a creative universe of its very own, characterized by Anzac Park’s signature distorted visuals, clever use of melancholy and cynical self-awareness. The production on each of the 6 tracks is a daring blend of loud hyperpop and atmospheric acoustic layering – this innovative mixing of styles communicates the eclectic, audacious sound of a rising artist who is both very young and very confident in his creative identity.” With Copypaste, the singer discussed his ep, creating music during times of crisis and how Charli XCX’s latest record was an inspiration when creating his own EP. // @anzacfuckingpark

How would you introduce your music to someone and how would you describe the quintessence of it?

When crafting my sound, setting a distinct and immersive atmosphere is very important to me, but so is challenging the expectations of what that atmosphere’s going to be. If I had to boil it down, I’d say my music so far has a pre-occupation with growing up, changing, getting hurt, finding your place in the modern world and questioning it: it’s very juvenile, like the exhilaration of running through a big city at night. Whatever that feels like to you, that’s what my music sounds like.

When did you decide what kind of music you want to do and what inspired you to do electronic music?

I don’t think I ever consciously decided what I wanted to create, I just wrote song after song throughout high school and at some point, I started experimenting with production. When it comes to my inspirations, I’m really interested in how the digital age shapes the creative arts, so more electronic & avant-garde styles were more attractive to me.

Your new EP « Event Horizon » was created during the lockdown. How did this time of crisis affect your way of working in a good and in a bad way?

It was actually really helpful in that it gave me a lot of time for self-reflection and made me analyse who I am and what I want to share with the world. That wasn’t always easy, but resulted in really raw, more daring songs. When you feel like the world’s ending around you, you put all the more of yourself into the work you’re creating, because it starts to feel like a magnum opus.

Event Horizon » was written, recorded and produced by yourself. How important is the aspect of having control over your work for you instead of working with a team and letting someone else produce your music? 

It’s honestly the only way I’ve ever created, more out of habit than anything else. It has its good and bad sides - it allows me to follow every creative impulse I have and I love that aspect of having control, but it also limits me in that sometimes a collaborator can contribute something really meaningful. There’s definitely a few people I would love to work with, but I’ve been very focused on finding my own niche so far.

What music were you listening to during the lockdown and which other artists inspired you while producing your own music? 

Labrinth’s original score for season one of Euphoria was most influential for the EP’s concept. Charli XCX’s “how i’m feeling now” was a big inspiration too, I loved the chaotic, self-made sound. I’ve also been inspired by Lorde and Ecco2k, two of my all-time favourites, and Raissa, who’s a lovely friend & a really impressive rising artist.

Is there anything you want to add? 

Yeah, actually - when you listen through EVENT HORIZON, at least for the first time, listen to the songs in tracklist order. They tell a story. And stay safe, cherish your friendships, I hope these tracks give whoever listens to them some form of joy or release. Thanks for having me.