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Julian Hamilton
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Hamilton of The Presets, Parklife Festival,
Wellington Square, Perth in October 2012
Background information
Birth name Julian Thomas Hamilton
Born September 1976 (age 4142)
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Electro
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Vocals, keyboards
Years active 2001–present
Associated acts Prop, The Presets, Kris Menace

Julian Thomas Hamilton (born September 1976) is an Australian singer-songwriter and keyboardist, who, with band mate Kim Moyes, formed the electronica duo, The Presets in 2003. They have issued four studio albums, Beams (September 2005), Apocalypso (April 2008), Pacifica (September 2012), and Hi Viz (June 2018). Both were previously members of another electronic group, Prop, which released two albums, Small Craft Rough Sea (2001) and Cook Cut Damage Destroy (early 2003). Hamilton has also worked as a session and touring member of Silverchair (2001–2003) and The Dissociatives (2004). At the APRA Music Awards of 2008 Hamilton and Daniel Johns (of Silverchair) won Song of the Year and Most Played Australian Work for Silverchair's single, "Straight Lines". In 2009 Hamilton and Moyes won Songwriters of the Year for their work on Apocalypso for The Presets.

Kim Moyes Australian musician

Kimberley Isaac Moyes is an Australian musician, producer, DJ and one half of the Sydney-based electronica duo, The Presets. Moyes provides synthesizers and drums, as well as engineering, production and songwriting. The Presets have released two EPs and four full-length albums. Moyes also records and performs as a solo artist under the aliases K.I.M, KIM and alongside Melbourne veteran DJ Mike Callander as one half of Zero Percent

Electronica encompasses a broad group of electronic-based styles such as techno, house, ambient, jungle and other electronic music styles intended not just for dancing.

The Presets Australian electronic music duo

The Presets are an Australian electronic music duo of Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes. Formed in 2003 and signed to Modular Records, The Presets released two EPs in advance of their debut album, Beams, released in 2005 to positive critical response. After two years of touring, including as the Australian support for Daft Punk, the band's 2008 release, Apocalypso, debuted at number one on the ARIA Albums Chart, and went on to win six awards at ARIA Awards 2008, including Album of the Year.


In 2012 Julian opened the cafe 'Tortes and Tarts' in Leura of the Blue Mountains. The cafe is renowned for winning the coveted 'Mounty' awards for an unprecedented 6th consecutive year. The award recognizes the best cafe of the blue mountains as voted by the blue mountains public at each Winterfest.


Hamilton was born in September 1976 and grew up in Sydney. [1] He attended St Andrew's Cathedral School, where he sang in the associated Cathedral Choir. [2] He completed his Higher School Certificate in 1994.

St Andrews Cathedral School

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In the following year, Hamilton was studying piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he met Kim Moyes (studying classical percussion). [2] [3] Hamilton on keyboards and Moyes on vibraphone joined an electronic band Prop, with Jeremy Barnett on marimbas, David Symes on bass guitar and Jared Underwood on drums. Prop released their debut album, Small Craft Rough Sea, in 2001 on Undercover Music/Silent Recordings label. [4] In October that year, Radio National's Brent Clough aired some of their tracks on his programme, Otherworlds, and described their sound as "fusing jazz, classical, minimalist, funk and techno elements into a seamless whole" and noted their "remarkably diverse influences – with selections from Olivier Messiaen and Philip Glass to Sci-Fi soundtracks, Squarepusher and Al Green". [5]

Sydney Conservatorium of Music music faculty of the University of Sydney

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music is a heritage-listed music school in Macquarie Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious music schools in Australia. Located adjacent to the Royal Botanic Gardens on the eastern fringe of the Sydney central business district, the Conservatorium is a faculty of the University of Sydney, and incorporates the community-based Conservatorium Open Academy and the Conservatorium High School. In addition to its secondary, undergraduate, post-graduate and community education teaching and learning functions, the Conservatorium undertakes research in various fields of music. The building was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 14 January 2011.

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Small Craft Rough Sea's tracks were remixed by various artists and appeared as Cook Cut Damage Destroy, in early 2003. [6] The remix artists included Stereolab, Pnau, paulmac, Decoder Ring, Mice Parade, Telemetry Orchestra, Mako, Pivot and Burnt Friedman. [7] Chris Johnston of The Age reviewed the remix album in March 2010, and felt its sound was "cerebral and faintly ridiculous jazz-fusion" which resulted in an album "where in wordless, warbly ... songs such as 'Low' they attempted to abridge the history of Western thought and Eastern composition into one mid-length instrumental". [8]

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Pnau Australian band

Pnau, stylised as PNAU, are an Australian dance music trio originating from Sydney, Australia. The trio, a duo before 2016, consists of musicians Nick Littlemore, Peter Mayes and Sam Littlemore (production), with Sam joining in 2016. Pnau have achieved multiple successes throughout their career with their award-winning debut album Sambanova and their widely acclaimed 2007 release Pnau. They are also recognised for their heavily publicised apprenticeship under musician Elton John, who signed the duo after listening to their record Pnau. Several of Pnau's recent projects have featured John's involvement, such as Pnau's album Soft Universe and an album featuring Pnau recreations of Elton John's hits called Good Morning to the Night.

Paul Mac Australian musician

Paul Francis McDermott, who performs as Paul Mac, is an Australian electropop musician, singer-songwriter, producer and music re-mixer. He was classically trained at Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Mac has formed various bands including Smash Mac Mac (1986–88), The Lab (1989–1998), Itch-E and Scratch-E (1991–present), Boo Boo Mace & Nutcase (1996–98), and The Dissociatives (2003–2005). Mac has released two solo albums, 3000 Feet High and Panic Room – both appeared in the top 40 on the ARIA Albums Chart.

Hamilton (right) and Kim Moyes (centre) of The Presets. Performing in London, United Kingdom, October 2006. The-presets1.jpg
Hamilton (right) and Kim Moyes (centre) of The Presets. Performing in London, United Kingdom, October 2006.

Hamilton and Moyes formed The Presets in 2003, to provide their own remix of one of Prop's track, "Magnetic Highway", as "Blood Bubbles" for Cook Cut Damage Destroy. [9] [10] [11] Tammy La Gorce of AllMusic noted their version showed "harder electronic edges". [9] Moyes later recalled "Julian and I used to muck around after Prop rehearsals and play the stupidest music we could... This new style that we were experimenting with, we got computers eventually and started recording them and put a little demo together". [12]

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As a member of The Presets, Hamilton has provided lead vocals, songwriting, keyboards, mixing, and producing for their releases including three studio albums, Beams (September 2005), Apocalypso (April 2008), and Pacifica (September 2012). [9] [13] Hamilton has worked as a session and touring musician, and co-songwriter, for Silverchair (2001–2003); and, with Moyes, as touring and session musicians for The Dissociatives (2004). [13] [14] [15] Hamilton worked with The Sleepy Jackson to record their 2006 album, Personality - One Was a Spider, One Was a Bird . He is credited for orchestral arrangements and additional production, and also played keyboard and synth on many of the songs. [13] Hamilton co-wrote four tracks with Daniel Johns on the 2007 Silverchair album, Young Modern , including the singles "Straight Lines" and "Mind Reader". [14] [16] Hamilton also co-wrote the song "On My Own" for Bluejuice's 2011 album Company. [17]

<i>Beams</i> (The Presets album) 2005 studio album by The Presets

Beams is the debut studio album by Australian electronic dance music duo The Presets, released in September 2005 by record label Modular.

<i>Apocalypso</i> (The Presets album) 2008 studio album by The Presets

Apocalypso is the second studio album by Australian electronic dance music duo The Presets. The album was released by record label Modular on 12 April 2008 in Australia, on 13 May in the United States, and 2 June in the United Kingdom. The album features the singles "My People", "This Boy's in Love", "Talk Like That", "Yippiyo-Ay", "If I Know You" and "Kicking and Screaming".

<i>Pacifica</i> (The Presets album) 2012 studio album by The Presets

Pacifica is the third studio album by Australian electronic duo The Presets. The album was released in Australia by Modular Recordings on 7 September 2012. It was released the following week by Casablanca / Universal Republic. The album features the singles "Youth in Trouble", "Ghosts", "Promises", "Fall" and "Push". The album was Triple J's Feature Album, Radar Radio's Feature Album and Fbi Radio's Sunset Album. The album was produced by The Presets and mixed by Tony Hoffer. The track "Ghosts" featured on the soundtrack of FIFA 13.

In 2013 he released the Single "Higher Love" taken from the Vocal Collaboration Album "Features" by Kris Menace. [18]

Personal life

In the early 2000s Julian Hamilton met Janice Petersen at a record store where they both worked. [19] They became a domestic couple and live in Sydney, where Petersen, since 2008, is the co-anchor of the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) TV evening news. [19] [20] Hamilton and Petersen have two children. [19] [21]

Awards and nominations

APRA Award

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