Words by Benjamin Lamb
We hooked up with the man behind the machine, Francis Homer.
As if straight out of an exhilarating film about chasing your dreams, the New Zealand-born Rage King – aka Francis Homer – ditched everything he owned, bought a one-way ticket to Melbourne, and “took the plunge” of pursuing a career in the world. music.
His interest in electronic music started when he was a child, growing up in New Zealand.
“We moved south, where all the hippies live, and my friend introduced me to electronic music and he took me to raves and things like that,” Homer said.
Raised in a music-filled household, she had always known she wanted to pursue music as a career, her love of art above all else.
“I entered the music scene quite young, my parents were actually composers who used to write and perform their own music. I started doing drama and music in middle school and loved it, ”he said.
Never being pushed into a career, Homer’s parents were very open-minded, supporting him in any field he wanted. Always knowing she wanted to pursue a career in art, she was sure she would be accompanied by her parents.
“My parents basically said to me, ‘You can do and be whatever you want and nothing can stop you from achieving it, except yourself. So just do it ‘. “
“Then I found out Computer Music Magazine, and read each issue until I can come up with the kind of sound I want to make. “
Growing up in the modern metropolis Nelson, electronic music was practically in his backyard, with groups such as Aphrodite, Pendulum, and Total Science making a big impact on Rage King’s music.
But Homer’s influence wasn’t limited to electronic artists.
“I really like a certain style of rock, bands like Fleetwood Mac, [The] White Stripes, and Led Zeppelin, “he explained.
This older, classic rock vibe is evident throughout the music, truly making Rage King an artist like no other.
His appreciation and knowledge of different genres and subgenres has led him to share knowledge; opens Bass School, a workshop dedicated to all things electronic music.
“Back in NZ, we held several successful workshops for people interested in electronic music, be it DJing, live performance, technical sound, or training their ears to distinguish a distinctive electronic genre. It’s a great starting point for pushing them in the right direction to help them get the incredible buzz I used to get when I was 13. “
Bass School is still in NZ, with plans to launch it to Melbourne, which is good news for all the budding DJs out there.
“Watch this space,” said Homer.
With few and rare live shows in Victoria, Rage King has no concrete plans to tour, but he let us know he’s got a lot of exciting releases on the horizon.
“I’ve worked with many record labels based in Europe, I will be releasing a lot of singles slowly,” he said.
Get ready to see more Rage Kings, he has some big plans for the next five years.
“It would be great to continue releasing better and better music as an artist, and really push the boundaries.
“I really want to collaborate with as many electronic musicians as I can, and I think his dream is to tour and share the music I love and connect with artists.
“And hopefully three albums will be out by then,” he added with a laugh.
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