NORTHSIDE MUSIC | CLIENT LIAISON

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By Joe Berridge

“International in flavour, cosmopolitan in style – we are Client Liaison.” If this doesn’t catch your attention then you should learn to read! Monte Morgan and Harvey Miller created this cosmpolitan cocktail of music called Client Liaison. They are an eclectic electronic duo who have been inspiring audiences to dress up like Prince in ’89 and dance like they were in M.J’s Thriller for the past four years. They recently supported Riff Raff at the Sydney Opera House and, a month ago, dropped the jaws of fans at the sold out show at The People’s Market in Collingwood. Having released one song, ‘The End of The Earth’ which has the well-crafted line, “This big fruit, this big lobster, this dodgy disaster of a culture, is it what we stand for?” they are proving to have a growing popularity with over 38,000 hits on YouTube.

I had the privilege to see Monte the frontman’s well-groomed mullet bounce around with his flawless voice and unique dance moves, alongside the talented synth player Harvey who also danced to the beat in his tight white skivvy. Both of them captivate the audience with their presence and props, which often consist of a water cooler, a fax machine, lights, lasers and a miriad of abstract visuals. A few weeks later I interviewed the northside resident Monte and here is what he had to say.

I want to make it more theatrical.”

Joe: Where is your hometown?
Monte: We are originally from Melbourne, we went to school together, I grew up in East Melbourne and Harvey grew up in Albert Park. We then went to boarding school together in Geelong.

Joe: What is the writing procedure for Client Liaison?
Monet: Harvey gives backing to me and I write lyrics over the top, or I might write a bridge or another section and give it back to him. Sometimes Harvery will write a hook and I might change the melody a bit, it depends on the song.

Joe: What kind of sound are you guys going for?
Monte: We have what we call a ‘fo-fi’ sound, which means it’s got that falseness to it but it sounds crisp, just like a green screen, we want things to look old, to look real and have some context so people can access it. We want people to ‘turn up the treble!’

Joe: The popular song “THE END OF THE EARTH” When did you write it? What is it about? Please tell me more about this incredible line; “This big fruit, this big lobster, this dodgy disaster of a culture, is it what we stand for?”

Monte: This line was difficulty to complete because of the syllables. I had to fit it all in. I wrote this 5 about years ago. At the time I was angry with Australia, the way masculinity was represented in our culture. It was the pinnacle place to be. The lifestyle made everyone want to live here. On the contrary, Australia was a provincial back water, That is what we wanted to portray in this song. But now we are over that stage, we like living here and performing.

Joe: What is your plan for this song?

Monte: Turbo Recordings, a Canadian dance record label, want to release this song worldwide this year. It is definitely our most popular song. We have a lot of new songs now with video clips to go with them which everyone will be able to look up soon.

Joe: Are there any future goals for Client Liaison?
Monte: We are working on some film clips at the moment. Old cameras, I like working eclectically.
We have a lot of ideas for film clips, like people getting naked, people painting and choreographed dancers.

Joe: Tell me about your live performances.
Monte: I want to make it more theatrical.
Harvey said some bands create problems for themselves by routing everything through Abbelton or another program. We just like to create eclectic music and add the theatrical element to it.

Joe: How did it feel to be performing in front over 2000 people at Golden plains?
Monte: I like playing in front of huge audiences so the festival was great!

Be sure to check out their next show on the 15th June at the Re-Opening of The Peoples Market and then at the Laundry on the 21st of June. Oh and don’t forget to leave your inhibitions at home, otherwise Client Liaison will chew them up and spit them out!

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    April 22, 2014 at 7:00 am

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