Before the biggest night of Party in the Paddock got underway, reporter KASEY WILKINS sat down with Sneaky Sound System's Connie Mitchell and Angus McDonald, and Confidence Man's Janet Planet and Sugar Bones.
SNEAKY SOUND SYSTEM
Australian dance music legends Sneaky Sound System have been hitting the stage since 2001.
Angus McDonald said the starting point was their club night, Sneaky Sundays.
"Then we started making music, then we met the wonderful Connie," he said.
"We started evolving into much more of a bonafide act, and we called ourself Sneaky Sound System.
"We released a record in 2006 on our own label and it went boom, and we've been making music ever since, travelling the globe, doing festivals like this, and having a damn fine time."
Between 2006 and 2008, the duo released massive hits such as I Love It, UFO, Pictures, and Kansas City.
McDonald and Mitchell said they never could have predicted how massive their songs would go on to become.
"You just can't," Mitchell said.
"You're actually just wondering if it'll even get released," McDonald said. "In fact, it wasn't going to get released - we had to release it ourselves. I mean, we thought it was kind of good."
"Well, it made us dance around in the lounge room." Mitchell said.
"But I think all these years later, and watching all these people from different generations enjoy it, it's really taken on a life of its own," McDonald said.
"And all those kids then have now all grown up, haven't they?"
"It's cute," Mitchell said.
Over the course of their careers the duo watched on as electronic dance music, particularly in Australia, changed dramatically.
"In the middle there, it kind of sucked the life out of creativity - we didn't enjoy that at all," McDonald said.
Mitchell likened the time to seeing a friend go out with a bad boyfriend.
"You can't wait until they work it out," she said.
McDonald said in the end, creativity won.
"It sort of found its way, quality music came back as a sort of rebellion to it," he said.
"It's pretty vibrant out there, and there is so much good young music coming out."
"It's always going to evolve and change. You can't sit here saying, 'well this is shit'. You've just got to roll with it."
After releasing three albums - Sneaky Sound System in 2006, 2 in 2008, and From Anywhere to Here in 2011 - the duo made the decision to release singles.
"We don't like what's being played on the radio, so we don't just want to make radio songs. We make things that we play at our club shows and at our parties," McDonald said.
"I reckon one day Connie might do an album on her own. But Sneaky stuff just feels like it should be banging party tunes. That's the vibe.
"So much effort goes into an album. As much as we like that process, it's just like boom - now it's gone.
"The way to do it is spending as little time as possible on something you really love, put it out, and wait until people get sick of it and then put something else out."
Mitchell said they find their inspiration everywhere, and it differed track by track.
"We have such an incredibly diverse range of music we're into, and I think a lot of our influences come from our shared previous experiences," McDonald said.
"Things just appear, and we go - oh, what is that?"
"Like that dark matter machine," Mitchell said. "What are they doing with that dark matter machine?"
Over the band's almost two decades, McDonald said they've loved playing shows of all shapes and sizes.
"We've done the big festivals like Glastonbury, which is a crazy buzz. But playing smaller, more intimate shows is great, and we do a lot of club stuff too," he said.
"We've played at some pretty exotic locations too. We tend to spend seasons there performing, so we get a heady mix.
"Variety is the spice for us."
McDonald said last year they had done a season in Bali, which they really enjoyed. Previously, the duo had spent time in Mykonos and Ibiza.
He said this year's focus was on building up their Bali shows.
"Then I think we're going to Europe for a month or so before that, and just doing lots of stuff in Australia and Asia too," he said.
"And we've got a few more tunes coming soon. I think something's coming out in the next month or so."
The duo almost didn't make it to Party in the Paddock due to flooding in Sydney.
"It is absolutely pissing down," McDonald said.
"You wouldn't know that here though," Mitchell said. "It's absolutely beautiful here, really amazing."
"I mean, it's pretty wild how dry it is. But it kind of looks really beautiful too," McDonald said.
"I met Jesse [festival organiser] a little earlier in the year on a panel, he's a really nice guy. It looks like he's put a lot of love into the festival.
"We've heard a lot of great things, a lot of our friends have played here, and just got in by the skin of our teeth for the very last one on the last day, in the last couple of hours.
"I think we're going to bring the party today, aren't we?" McDonald said.
"That would be nice," Mitchell said.
The indie electro-pop four-piece from Brisbane have become known globally for their infectious tunes, electric live performances, and over-the-top costumes.
Duo Janet Planet and Sugar Bones are backed by Clarence McGuffie and Reggie Goodchild, decked out in what looks like black beekeeper costumes, who provide keyboard and drums.
Bones said he and Goodchild had played in a different band in Brisbane for years before the beginning of Confidence Man.
"Janet actually had a real job and stuff. It actually looked like she had this great career ahead of her," he said.
"Then one afternoon we decided to just start making dance music and just messed around with it.
"Then we thought, 'we need a girl to sing something - Janet, sing something'.
"Then the moment she sang into that mic we said, 'f*ck yeah, this is going to be awesome'. And that was pretty much it."
"It was essentially a joke at the start," Planet said.
Bones said it was crazy to see how big the band had grown so quickly.
"It was pretty unexpected," Planet said.
"And just like how quickly it happened as well. We were like, obviously there's something special here.
"We were making it because no one else was making it.
"I was like, 'what do I want to see and what do I want to hear when I go out partying?' So we just made what we wanted essentially."
When asked how they keep up their energetic live shows night after night, Planet said she didn't know.
"I think we're way fitter than we used to be, it's a lot easier now," Planet said.
"if you're doing a month long tour with like 20 shows, at the start of that it's a bit of a struggle getting through a 40 minute set," Bone said.
"But by the end you can just smash out an hour long set just like that."
"Sugar fell of a stage in London, it was like six metres high and he landed on his shoulder," Planet said.
"I think that was the first show of like a 25 show tour. That was pretty hard. That was a hard run."
"It's funny how you just feel better after doing the show though," Bones said.
"It like shakes off your hangover or ailment. It gets the blood pumping."
They said the dance moves had been progressive, with new moves added in across a few months.
"Now we just know it, even though it's quite a few moves," Planet said.
"We've been playing a lot of these songs the whole time we've been a band, so we've kind of cheated.
"When we bring out a new album, that'll be a hard time for everyone."
Having played across the world, Planet said a standout was a performance at a Spanish festival.
"We played Primavera not last year but the year before," she said.
"That was a pretty crazy moment. We were the last main stage open and it was like 3am and there were about 20,000 people there.
"It was the scariest moment, and nobody knew who we were either.
"By the end they were totally won over. That was a big victory I think."
"Those crazy Spaniards," Bones said. "It's a great festival, that one."
Planet said they had only played in Tasmania a few times, so it was a pretty new place for them.
"It's lovely though, we love it," Bones said. "It's so laid back and pretty and everyone is really nice."
"It's kind of like Brisbane a bit. Maybe nicer than Brisbane," Planet said.
When asked about their key to being confidence people, the answer was simple.
"Just close your eyes and believe. That's what I do, anyway," Bones said.
"And I believe whatever you say is right," Planet said. "Whatever you say goes."