UConn student will perform at Australian music festival
Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 23:10
Just over a year ago, Will Drury started playing with computer software to create electronic music beats in Australia. One month prior to completing his one-year exchange at UConn, he is set to travel back to his hometown, Melbourne, to perform at this year’s Strawberry Fields Festival.
“It’s the perfect environment both musically and with regards to nature for performing my music to one of the most receptive audiences I’ve come across so far,” said Drury.
The 21-year-old has not been home since last December, in which time he has put out his first album, “The New York Diaries,” and been played on the Australian national radio station Triple J under the name Azure Maya.
Originally, he did not plan to return home until after this semester was over. In April though, he applied to perform at the festival as a local artist and was accepted in late August. Now his plan involves a 60-hour journey to spend six days in Australia at the end of November.
Strawberry Fields is a three-day electronic music and arts festival in rural Australia, two and a half hours outside of Melbourne. At the beginning of the Australian summer from Nov. 22 to 24 it will celebrate its fifth year hosting local and international artists and 7,000 camping attendees.
The line up includes California producer Nosaj Thing, Carl Craig of Detroit as well as Day.Din and Liquid Soul. According to Pulse Radio there will be more than 100 local artists and more than 30 international.
Drury became interested in the genre of music at a psychedelic music festival in Berlin in July 2012. He started experimenting with song making and researching how to create the beats last September, around the same time he attended Strawberry Fields last year.
On his SoundCloud page, Drury writes, “Inspired by all things beautiful, Azure Maya aims to induce a transcendental listening experience and allow the brain to wander.”
Drury’s first track called “Fifty-Eighth” was posted on SoundCloud in January 2013, and Azure Maya was first played on Triple J in February. Last month he reached 10,000 plays on SoundCloud, posting “Been a goal of mine for a while now” on his Azure Maya Facebook page. There are currently 10 tracks listed on his SoundCloud page.
The name Azure Maya originates from Drury’s favorite color blue, azure, and maya meaning “sensory world, and how it blocks reality,” he said.
At UConn, Drury is a 6th-semester anthropology major and also a member of Husky Records. He is in his second semester at UConn as part of a one-year exchange from the University of Melbourne.