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GET TO KNOW: Sir Winston



After recently following up his much-loved 2020 EP 'Hollywood Hills' with the stunning comeback single 'Sex In Paris' earlier this year, NYC-based Australian DJ and producer Sir Winston is back once again to offer up his pulsing new effort 'Comfortably Numb'.


Lifted from his forthcoming new EP 'Démons à Combattre', which is set to arrive soon, 'Comfortably Numb' makes for an incredibly bold and electrifying listen. Channelling the same broad and progressive energy as the likes of LCD Soundsystem, he is returning to the fold with one of his most energetic offerings to date here.


So with the new single available to stream now, we sat down with him to find out more about his origins and influences over the years.



What was the first band or artist you fell in love with?


When I was a kid it was definitely The Beatles. That’s where my love for writing songs stems from. My parents had The Beatles Collection on vinyl, so I discovered them in chronological order of the albums. My next true love, who I discovered as a teenager, was The Velvet Underground. But then I met Bob Dylan and he changed my life forever.


Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?


Yes. My first band had my twin brother on drums and some friends from school. I played guitar. We played at a lot of school events and parties. We played songs by The Velvet Underground and The Doors, some Stones and Hendrix.


What has been your primary inspiration in writing music?


I’m addicted to music. I’ve been writing, recording and performing music my whole life. I love to write about personal experiences. I think that I communicate better through songs. I can say things through songs that I would struggle to say in person. I feel driven to make music constantly. I can’t stop, I have to do it, it helps me exist and get through life.


What is a song you wish you had written yourself?


Imagine by John Lennon - but I love that it’s written by John Lennon. I wouldn’t want to change that. Its just the best song I’ve ever heard – its perfect.


If there was any moment in your career you could relive, what would it be?


With every project that I’ve done there have been some special moments. I had a band that I started in Australia called The Winston Giles Orchestra. One of our songs was called “There are Witches in the air” and we had a thing where if you came to our show dressed as a witch you got in for free. We were on tour in the UK, doing a show in Cardiff, and as we got closer and closer to the venue we started to see more and more witches. I couldn’t believe that word of the witches thing had made it all the way to Cardiff. That was a cool moment.


Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?


Elvis


And is there an artist you would love to collaborate with as well?


There are a lot of artists I’d love to produce. As far as collaborating with, I’d love to do a song with Nick Cave – something really different and epic.


Where do you see yourself in five years time?


I hope I’m still travelling the world playing music.


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Sir Winston's new single 'Comfortably Numb' is available to stream now. Check it out below.



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