Under the Radar: Calan Mai

Australian Calan Mai released his debut single We’ve Got Love in march this year. The indie- folk inspired song immediately received good feedback and he became a force to be reckon with. He shared his hidden talent with us and what book he has never been able to finish. 

Would like to meet…
– Probably Neil deGrasse Tyson. I’d talk to him about stars and wormholes and calculus.

Most memorable night out…
– One night I was out in Port Vila, Vanuatu and my friend (who was a local) just abandoned me in a non-tourist club with no means of getting home, nor knowledge of the surrounding area. A strange man tried forcing me to buy him a beer and another man pushed me. I didn’t find my way home till six the next morning. It was wonderful.

My greatest extravagance…
– I don’t really have the finances to indulge in any true extravagance. No castles or pet tigers just yet. The most extravagant purchase I’ve made was my Martin guitar. I named him McFly. However, sometimes I like to listen to Prince or Lana Del Rey and pretend I’m extravagant. Put on a scarf.

In my next life…
– I’d probably opt to be a human again if I can help it. I’ve enjoyed this so far. More specifically, I’d like a cosy job in real estate next time around. Some easy-to-attain goals, a Snuggie, comprehensive car insurance and a Doberman who barks at strangers.

Wouldn’t recommend…
– Sharks. Or Michael Bay movies.

My hero…
– Justin Vernon.

Most viewed YouTube video…

Before I die…
– I’d like to either play a major festival or win an Oscar. Doesn’t need to be Best Actor or anything – I’d settle for a technical award.

Hidden talent…
– I can tell you what year a movie came out without checking IMDb. It’s pretty impressive. I don’t often exploit this talent because I don’t think it’s fair to everyone else.

Just discovered…
– Triple smoked ham. Bought some from Coles today. Yes, it’s more expensive than Virginian shaved leg ham. No, I didn’t regret my purchase. In fact, let’s call triple smoked ham my greatest extravagance.

Dances to…
Build Me Up Buttercup

Laughs at…
– The Simpsons. Seinfeld. Louis CK.

Wears…
– Jeans and plain t-shirts.

Most visited website…
– Reddit or Pitchfork.

Most read book…
– I love reading but rarely read a book more than once. I’ve read Catch-22 three times, but I’ve never finished it. I always take too big a break mid-read and when I revisit the book I feel the compulsion to start again because I’m scared I’ve forgotten something. One day I’ll finish that book – it’s hilarious.

Under the Radar: Calan Mai

Listen to Calan Mai’s debut single above and watch the video here.

His debut EP Days On The Rock Face will be released on august 22.