We’re BIG into the sound of Melbourne-based multi-instrumentalist and producer, Mark Zito, aka Fractures. His latest single, Time Frame, features a super cool, beautiful video by Sydney director Matthew Thorne, who has won a young directors Bronze at Cannes Lion.
It’s the latest tune off the debut Fractures album, Still Here, which came out earlier this year. And on the back of its release, Mark will be joining Amy Shark as the main support on her upcoming tour in August.
We spoke to Mark Zito to find out more about Fractures and the music that gets him inspired.
You got your musical chops in the heartland of it all in Melbourne. Who were the Aussie acts that motivated you to stick at it and make a life out of performing and recording music?
“I’m not sure I could pinpoint just one. I definitely had my go-to artists, but whether or not they spurred me on, I can’t be sure of. In my youth, whenever that was, I tended to find artists I liked and play them to death, which maybe meant I didn’t have the widest selection. But people like Josh Pyke, Gotye, Motor Ace, Silverchair and Something for Kate were in heavy rotation. I’m sure there were more, but they were the most prominent.”
Tell us about the creative process for the Matthew Thorne directed video?
“In all honesty, I was pretty removed from it all. We ask for film clip treatments for a particular song and approach certain people and they send them in. Admittedly, it was a close call between Matthew and another director, but ultimately a phone call with Matt won me over. Either he confused and hypnotised me with all of the references to the esoteric films and directors he’d take inspiration from, or just the fact that he sold me on our similarities in taste when it came to avoiding the trite nature of film clips that often comes with a budget-conscious effort.
“So I signed off on the idea and my preference with these things is to let the director and/or writer do their own thing. I I believe that these people have a skill set and that’s why I’ve called on them. So beyond me ‘commissioning’ the work that I think suited the music best, I left Matt to his own devices and basically waited for the final product to land on my (digital) desk (email inbox).
“The end result exceeded my expectations, and they were high. I was incredibly pleased and amazed at what Matt achieved. I obviously enjoy the song I wrote on its own but the film clip really amplifies the sentiment within and kind of contextualises it in a very beautiful way”.
WATCH THE PREMIERE OF THE TIME FRAME VIDEO
Were there any major life themes or circumstances that inspired the music on Still Here?
“Not specifically, but more than anything, I probably got a bit more personal with the things I sung about. My first EP and its songs were largely based on extrapolations of other people’s stories or entirely fictional notions, whereas the time between its release and Still Here was full of a lot more formative experiences and emotional growth.
“I was getting older basically and was starting to get a bit more introspective, so this all permeated through the lyrics. In the broadest way, self-reflection would be the theme. But in saying that, I still draw from other people’s lives as mine lacks the turbulence that I find interesting – which I guess is a good thing.”