DJ and producer GEM is set to release a 10-track album that reimagines 1970s hits through the lens of modern electronica.
Australian born music artist Gem McCormack is best known in the industry for founding music publishing firm PISTOL, but this year she will return to her DJ/producer roots with an album of her favourite Seventies hits, reinterpreted around contemporary electronic beats.
The record, released under the moniker GEM RPM, will feature a combination of well-known and aspiring acts, with the debut single, Rich Girl, landed in late October. Originally a Billboard number one for Hall & Oates in 1977, Rich Girl has been retooled by up-and-coming Aussie singer Elaskia as an atmospheric slice of dreamy, ethereal chillwave. The track provided GEM her first top 10 single in Australia reaching #9 on the iTunes chart.
GEM says of the album’s recording process: “This project has spanned two hemispheres, created in bedrooms, studios- just wherever I am at the time. It’s the beautiful thing about technology, you can be working from anywhere regardless of whether it’s my grandmothers veranda in country Australia or in a Los Angeles home studio”
Though the album will feature a clutch of familiar tunes, GEM’s intention as producer was to subvert listeners’ expectations of how these vintage hits — many of them over forty years old — could sound. “My aim from the outset was to create a total vibe,” she explains, “start to end. Taking it old school and crafting a record you can put on and experience. A feeling of familiarity as you step inside a new world…”.
Beyond the record itself, public performances are in the pipeline and will feature an alluring mix of modern electronic beats and real instrumentation. Shows kick off in Sydney on 1 February 2019.