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Forget Apocalypso, Presets want world domination

The Presets ... Kim Moyes and Julian Hamilton.

The Presets ... Kim Moyes and Julian Hamilton.
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October 19, 2008

The Presets are not exactly new to the Australian music scene but 2008 has definitely been their year.

The Sydney-based duo of Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes released their first album, Beams, in 2005 to positive reviews and scored two ARIA Award nominations off the back of it.

But it was their sophomore release, Apocalypso, which transformed them from underground darlings to one of the most popular bands in the country.

The album debuted at number one on the ARIA charts, and spawned huge hits like My People, This Boy's In Love, and Talk Like That.

Tonight The Presets solidified their status as Australia's premiere electronic act with awards including best group, best dance release and album of the year.

While their dance floor anthem My People lost out to Gabriella Cilmi's Sweet About Me in the single of the year category, they have plenty to celebrate.

"It's something we've preached about for years that if you do something well you'll get noticed for it and finally we have," Moyes said earlier this year.

"I remember when we first started playing we were doing the same sort of stuff and people weren't really ready for it or didn't know what to make of it.

"For whatever reason we just kept doing what we're doing and people just kind of grabbed on to it."

The Preset's last Australian performance was at the Splendour in the Grass music festival in August when they closed the festival with a thumping set.

They now have their sights set on global fame.

The Presets have build a solid following in the US and UK thanks to tireless touring, and after their brief trip home for the ARIAs they will return to the UK for more sold out shows.

"We'll definitely keep trying to dominate the world," Moyes joked.


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