Habits on finding beauty and beats in the darkness

If you’re familiar with Habits, then you haven’t been affected by their sound, you’ve been immersed. 

The Melbourne-duo — who’s longstanding friendship dates back to school years — together make music with core ideas at intent, as their musical depth then follows. Working with raw emotions, vulnerability and the need for recognition, Mo and Maia craft a deep and energetic space within the electronic party scene — one where to feel, to feel not, to dance hard, and maybe even to learn.

“Our music is very raw emotion, very vulnerability with it’s lyrics” says Mo, one half of Habits “but it always has a pounding beat — a danceable beat behind it.”

Habits create music that bring heavy themes to light, with energy and vast emotion. In no way do they sugarcoat, or dance around topics that most find difficult to face. Their music exists — somewhat — within the electronic world. A world where a lot of the time, music is created with intents to blast across dance-floors and/or for party-purposes. Maia (one other half of Habits) goes onto explain that although they are exposing rawness, and the deepest depths of truths, their ‘sad goth party jams’ will never buzzkill a floor. In fact, their music works in the exact opposite manner.

“I don’t know if music can elicit sadness. I think if someone is sad, and they hear sad music that connects with them, they can. But I don’t think you can make someone sad purely off music itself — it has to sort of connect with something that is already there.”

The duo succeed in crafting a sound that vaguely sits, somewhere in-between, heavy gothic themes and electronic music to dance to. As does their genre ‘sad goth party jams’ which comfortably thrives within the undefined. Maia goes on to share how their genre came about, and the intent that went with it. 

“Sad goth party jams was just a throw away comment that a friend said years ago, and we couldn’t think of any genre words with wave, or step, or core in it. It was the easiest, and vaguest term to give a general idea, which I think has actually helped us not to be pigeon holed. It is vague enough that it doesn’t really describe a genre, more of a vibe I suppose.” 

The music in which Habits master offers a depth of takings — both for those who relate, and those who don’t — and with this abyss that’s both productionally and thematically rich, the duo create a space of comfort where empowerment’s possible.

“With the track ‘Selfie’, I hope that makes other non-binary people, and other queer people, and other trans people, feel seen and feel recognised, and that there’s some music that is for them.”

Maia isn’t one to admit that Habits music could possibly be teaching others, and shaping thoughts. It’s safe to assume that with such rawness and vulnerability exposed that truths will boil to the surface — in turn they possibly could be faced. Although some recent experiences shared may suggest otherwise.

“There has been a couple of times where white men have come up to me and said, ‘Oh that lipstick selfie song, it really made me think’, and I thought ‘Oh wow, I made someone think’”.  

Habits will perform their upcoming EP Salty at ACMI on Friday June 14th. They will be joined by special guest Ms. Boogie (NYC).