Cut Copy performs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Aug. 5, 2014. Photo by Dylan Langille, heyreverb.com.
Australia is weird, according to Cut Copy founder Dan Whitford.
It’s nothing like New York or L.A. or even for that matter, pot-smoking-Denver. It’s historically a land of the disconnected. It’s a continent full of strange traffic laws, condiments and landscapes. But most poignantly, it’s home to a productive and cutting edge dance music scene. One that Whitford and Cut Copy – within the last decade – have put on the world’s musical map. When we caught up with Whitford over Skype, a pinch past 5 p.m. Mountain Time on Wednesday, he had just woken up, jogged, eaten breakfast, and visited his favorite local Melbourne Café.
It was 10 a.m., Thursday in Australia, a morning we hadn’t even seen yet in Denver.
So it seemed fitting to ask, given the opportunity to speak with a man from the future, why now? How did Australia’s dance music scene get so far ahead?
“Australia is untouched by the rest of the world, where we kind of find our own weird way of making music or art,” he said. “It’s a strange mutation, from being so separate from everyone. Like all these strange creatures, which are part of Australia, where everywhere else people think: What is the kangaroo and platypus?”