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  • Morgan Then is the Sarawakian half of the popular Australian electronic duo, Slumberjack. Since launching their career with a No. 1 track on Triple J’s influential sister station, Unearthed, SLUMBERJACK have released four EPs—including their newest effort, Black & Blue—and over 10 singles. They’ve received 2 ARIA Gold Records (for their 2014 self-titled debut and their 2017 single, “Fracture”), while their second EP, Fracture, debuted at No. 1 on iTunes Australia’s electronic chart.*Childhood*We talked about Morgan's childhood: what it was like growing up in our hometown of Kuching, Sarawak, and that moment where he was first determined to learn the piano. Something that he had to enter into an “agreement” with his dad on.*Moving to Perth, Australia*Morgan eventually moved to Perth, Australia where he triple majored in economics, finance and commerce. And at the time, he was even determined to become the best accountant there was!But he had amazing friends who lent him instruments - including a Taylor guitar! - and that kept the fire going.*Entering the Music World*Having spent time playing at weddings & music gigs, there came a point where Morgan graduated and he was faced with the choice of taking on a full-time graduate role, or pursuing the world of music.And we talked about:* How he ended up participating in the Limelight DJ Competition in 2012, when he didn’t even know what DJing was about!* Meeting Fletcher & how they first got together to make music and form Slumberjack; and* What it means to have synesthesia & what the Slumberjack sound “tastes” like to Morgan.In addition, we talked about:* What it was like when Fracture came out & started going viral;* How Morgan first found & channeled his inner Freddie Mercury when performing on stage to crowds of up to 15,000.* Meeting real skulls kept in rucksacks when in Sarawak;* Getting a hand tapped tattoo;* What it was like meeting real Hollywood stardom aka Jason Day (Lifehouse) and collaborating with Corey Enemy (producer and songwriter for Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, will.i.am, David Guetta etc.);* How Slumberjack has been staying connecting with their fans during the COVID-19 season;* His biggest advice for those seeking to follow in their footsteps; and* Knowing when to quitShow notes: https://www.sothisismywhy.com/11To chat further with past STIMY guests & be a part of the exclusive STIMY community, visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/523851861591311