Whether you’re a closeted T-Swift fan or out and proud, chances are you’ll love Residual’s cover mash-up of ‘Shake It Off’ and Chet Faker’s ‘Talk Is Cheap’ – we certainly do! We had a chat to Josh Carter on how exactly they came up with the idea and naturally of Taylor Swift.
Hey Guys, how are you and what are you up to at the moment?
Hey! We’ve been great, very busy but there’s nothing wrong with that! At the moment we’re just polishing off the final touches on a new single we’ll be tracking at the end of May and planning everything that’ll go along with the release of that. It’s a pretty exciting time for us, the EP will have been out for a year in September and this will be the first thing to follow on from that.
Clearly you’ve been doing some awesome covers too. So a ‘Shake It Off’ cover, are you all a bit of a T-Swift fan?
I’m sure one or two of us are closet T Swizzle lovers.. I will admit that her more recent single ‘Style’ gets me every time. I may have turned it up just that notch more while in the car.
It is a pretty catchy number, have you had many good times to that track?
We’ve probably collectively seen more people have a good time to that track than ourselves. If you’re out on the town and this comes pumping through the speakers, you’re bound to see at least 10-15 lads who’re shaking their hips so well that you find yourself really appreciating their ability to do that..
You’ve mashed it up with ‘Talk Is Cheap’ by Chet Faker as well, where’d the idea come to mix the two together?
Well, Sam [Burtt] performed his own acoustic rendition of ‘Shake It Off’ when he was doing some smaller sets on The Blues Train at Queenscliff Music Festival. It got a really great response so we all thought we’d try and Residual-ify it. That also happened to be around the time when there was a massive controversy about ‘Shake It Off’ being removed from the triple h Hottest 100 due to people abusing the right to vote for it, and Chet Faker was the favourite to take out the #1 spot. So it actually started as a bit of comical kind of thing but turned out really well!
Was it tricky to find what went where and when?
It wasn’t too difficult – it was just a bit of trial and error but it didn’t take us long to find the parts that would resonate well with the different sections of each song. We had a solid structure of it early on, and we were all pretty happy with how it turned out after just a few hours.
It is a pretty awesome mash-up, you’ll have to share it with Taylor Swift and Chet Faker’s people!
The response to our posts on Facebook and Instagram have been insanely positive and it spread to upwards of 75,000 people in just two days – which wasn’t something that we’re used to. I’m sure there’s plenty of other covers that are worthy of watching over ours but if we happen to get an email from either of their teams, we’ll happily take it!
So are there any other mashups/covers we can be expecting of you guys?
I honestly don’t know. We’ll probably focus more on our own music for the next little while but if we happen to have something brewing, you’ll be the first to know!
Check out the clip on YouTube: ‘Residual – Talk Is Cheap/Shake It Off Cover’