Lucius Borich, drummer with the band Floating Me, shares their musical genesis in the leadup to this year’s FOTSUN.
For those of us who aren’t familiar with Floating Me, tell us who make up the band members.
We have bass, drums, vocals, guitar and keys. Three of the band members are from Scarymother – a band that was around back in the early ‘90s – we have Andrew on vocals, Toby on keyboards and Anthony on guitar, and then John Stockman, previously of Karnivool, on bass, and me. I have previously played in a band called COG, and I play drums.
The project (Floating Me, the band) came about over quite a number of years actually, given that we were all busy with different work things. The intention was to create and finish an album, and that ended up taking between 6 – 10 years! (Laughs) It was a long time, but we all had so much fun, that we just kept the focus; and when we had time to get together, there was no real pressure. And finally, it kind of surfaced – and at the right time, one would say.
So long have you been together now?
It all kind of came together strongly in the last two and a half years. We set some pretty strong intentions to finish off the album at that time (2.5 years ago) and package it together … turn it into a band that would actually play live as well.
The album came out earlier this year, is that correct?
Yes, it did – in April.
Where does the name Floating Me come from?
I basically founded the name when listening to lyrics of one of our songs, while Andrew was singing it. He sung, “Floating me, floating me”; I just had bit of an epiphany moment, and thought that should be the name of the band.
We had been through a few names and nothing was really sticking out, so given that it was a lyric of a song and was pretty attached to the band, I thought it was great idea to use that.
You are coming to FOTSUN this December. This is not your first time to the festival or area though, is that right?
Yes, I have played FOTSUN before when I was with COG. And I have been through the area before … say, when we are doing a tour and on our way to Queensland and we played Port Macquarie on the way past. But it may be in one of the other bands I play with, like The Ox and the Fury, or Kevin Borich Express, or in the earlier days, COG.
You’re touring Australia extensively at the moment. How is that going?
Yeah, it is going really well. Each time we go out or do another round, the crowds are building.
How would you describe your style or sound of the music?
That’s really hard to describe. I guess the ideals are that we are keeping it experimental and keeping it interesting, but also holding people’s attention – and that’s a tricky thing to do. So we try to make sure we apply quite a few ‘hooks’… we try to make sure the songs are interesting and experimental enough to keep people listening, and that it is different to what people have normally heard and seen before.
We are really conscious, also, that we don’t step on anyone’s toes musically as well, and we try to be a true reflection of who we are musically – not copying anyone or any genre.
It is a type of situation where if in our music we can have lots of dynamics, whether it be loud and heavy, or ambient and spacious, it think that is a key element … it’s quite dramatic and ethereal in that aspect too. There are keyboards, so it adds a dramatic edge to it too. Andrew’s vocals are very Baritone, which is cool – considering a lot of the progressive bands these days are falsetto, I think that is refreshing to hear.
Live wise, it is very charged and energetic. Everyone is giving everything they can to the music and the night.
What have you learnt about the music industry over the past decade or so?
One of things I have learnt is that you have got to follow your heart, follow your passions, follow your intuition, and I think what I have really found is that building relationships over a long period of time has been valuable in moving within the industry and working within the industry – because it is very hard.
It is harder than it has ever been, and I think you also have to work with your strengths and be versatile in what you do. For example, I run a studio, I teach, I play with different bands, and I produce. I play bass in a band as well … fingers in a few pies is important.