FC started as a vinyl label, a side-job for co-founders Nathan McLay and Chad Gillard to release the Rhodes-tinted vocal house-slash-disco hybrid that they loved to play in DJ sets. Since then, FC has evolved into artist management and touring, casually topping Coachella line-ups with Flume and Nick Murphy. With one foot now firmly in sunny LA and the other at home in Sydney, they’ve carved out a sound on the international stage that can confidently be called ‘Australian’ – a difficult feat in the world of dance and pop music when you consider the sonic mutations on online platforms like Soundcloud and Tumblr. More importantly, they’ve founded a creative enclave, a family of sorts, for creatives to work together. They’re artists with a business edge.
And, lucky for us, they’ve made the Opera House their home over the past six years, curating Studio nights featuring Cashmere Cat, Touch Sensitive and Koreless; headline shows on the main stages with Nick Murphy, Ta-ku and Seekae; Flume's 'Some Minds' music video shot inside and around the building; and celebrated their tenth birthday on the Northern Broadwalk with Flume, Flight Facilities and Seekae.
I had a chat to Chad as he was slamming out emails in the recording studio’s vocal booth about the label’s relationship to the Opera House, how they pair the right musicians together, and how they massage a song into a hit.