Today, What So Not (Chris Emerson) returns from a yearlong hiatus by releasing The Change, a striking, thunderous collaboration with fellow Australians DMA’S.
If the response to the then-unreleased song at recent Australian What So Not live shows is an indication of what’s to come – then we’re in for a long, energetic, and sweaty rest of 2021. The ferocious alt-rager The Change was recorded in Sydney last year and is released now via Sweat It Out.
What So Not (Chris Emerson) says: “I met Johnny at their studio – a small room next to a noisy inner-city road, above a pub, with no sound insulation. We had (somehow) never met but clicked instantly, discussing life on the road, COVID & found commonality on our all-time favourite artists. The first thing we made is pretty much the track you hear. Johnny liked our little idea so much he decided to get the whole band involved a couple of days later we tracked Tommy & brought Mason in for some extra pieces. I feel like this record is one the two of us have always wanted to make but never had the right pieces of the puzzle, until now.”
Johnny Took from the DMA’S adds: “Emoh and I had never met before the day of our first session but quickly bonded over synths, production gear, The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy and Underworld. Being from such different songwriting worlds really made this a great collaboration for me. Once we got Tommy and Mason on the track after that first day of writing we knew we were onto something special and new for both of us.”
The Change is so very What So Not and DMA’s it couldn’t be mistaken for anyone else. It’s a true to their sound electronic track with an accompanying music video which you can view below.