Touch Sensitive is a unique DJ. Unusually enough, he plays bass live during his shows, a significant point of difference between him and other artists who rely solely decks or a laptop.
“For me, I'm not really good at conducting and fist pumping and all that. It's more because it's visually stimulating and it's stimulating for me to actually be doing that. People can actually see my fingers doing something whereas if I was just pressing buttons I could be doing anything or I could be doing nothing at all,” says Michael Di Francesco, aka Touch Sensitive.
Recently announced to be performing at Falls Festival and Valley Fiesta, he’s hesitant to say which sort of environment he prefers.
“I was doing club shows, I grew to love them, but now that I’ve done festivals... it's really a little bit easier because you don't have that stress. You get on the stage and do it and whether or not something fucks up, you have no choice, you just have to keep going.
"In that way it's a bit more exciting, but obviously there are things you can get away with in an intimate setting that you can't get away with in front of a lot of people.”
His current single, ‘Pizza Boy’, has been a favourite on the Triple J hit list for the past few months. Initially, he wasn’t even sure he liked it.
“I had a love / hate relationship with it. I'd like it and then it would drive me insane. I just thought, ‘It's background music, no one will like it’, but it just goes to show I really have no idea what people like and don't like. I'm so flattered that people like it, I'm very happy about it. It's a nice feeling.”
Recently he became involved in a collaboration that will result in the creation of a track solely using sounds from Instagram videos submitted by the public.
“It's cool because I'm making it from things that people send in, but I'm not bound to or restricted by the audio they send me. For example there was one thing where someone was dropping a bunch of limes into a glass and the way the limes hit the glass, I can extract the rhythm from that, not just the audio. It's a completely different way, for me at least, for creating and approaching a track and that's really exciting.”
He’s come around at the right time, with Australian artists like Flume making a significant impact on the music industry. Despite the great influx of electronic music and its massive popularity, he has no explanation as to why this trend has emerged.
“There's lots of really good Australian music at the moment, but there's always been really good Australian music. It's just that a couple of people are doing really well at it and getting international recognition like Flume.
"But you know, if Flume was a rock band, then people would be asking why there’s such a good rock scene. So I guess it's just kind of one person leading the charge and then lots of people doing cool stuff around him.”
Touch Sensitive will perform at Valley Fiesta November 22-24 & Falls Festival December 31 - Jan 2.
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