The Presets are Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes. The duo met while pursuing musical studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Discovering a mutual interest in contemporary music outside of their course, they joined the instrumental, experimental band Prop, and in 2003 formed the more techno. dance focussed duo The Presets.
The band became quickly recognised for their ability to fuse elements of dance music with an energy more akin to that of a rock’n’roll show. After signing with Modular Recordings in late 2003, the band released two EPs and an album ‘Beams’ (2005).
In 2008 The Presets released the chart topping album ‘Apocalypso’, selling in excess of Triple Platinum sales in Australia and featuring four hit singles, including ‘My People’ the longest charting single in Australian chart history. The Presets went on to win 5 ARIA awards (and 2 ARIAArtisan Awards) for the album in 2008, including Album of the Year, as well as the J Award and FBI SMAC Award for Album of The Year. They also shared the coveted Songwriter of The Year Award at the 2009 APRA Awards.
‘Pacifica’ was released in 2012, featuring Rollingstone Magazine’s Song Of The Year ‘Ghosts’. ‘Pacifica’ was also nominated for an ARIAAward, shortlisted for the AMP Award, the J Award, and was ‘Album of the Year’ in the Herald Sun and Daily Telegraph, and ‘Electronic Album of the Year’ in the Sydney Morning Herald.
The Presets have been recognised worldwide for their dynamic live performances, playing hundreds of shows domestically and internationally, including key slots at renowned international music festivals such as Glastonbury, Coachella, Exit, Melt and Splendour in The Grass.
As individuals Hamilton and Moyes have both collaborated with many other artists as songwriters, composers, producers and featured artists. Collectively they have remixed many prominent artists, as well as collaborating with Melbourne based contemporary dance company Chunky Move.
Both Julian and Kim are based in Sydney, Australia.
Photo Credit – Elvis Di Fazio