FRIDAY* Sucks: “Self-Awareness Is A Gift And A Curse”


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Sydney artist FRIDAY* makes music that might play while you have your most profound epiphany. He’s just released his new single, ‘Dying In The City’, and it sounds like what a racing pulse feels like. It’s urgent, it’s demanding, and it’s captivating. Like most FRIDAY* songs: once you hear it, you won’t forget it.

He’s only released two singles in 2023, ‘Beaming’ and ‘Dying In The City’, but together, they demonstrate FRIDAY*’s ability to swerve between sounds like a particularly ambitious driver stuck in a traffic jam. ‘Beaming’ is gentle and sparse, and every note feels meticulously crafted. ‘Dying In The City’, meanwhile, is hyperactive, delivering a rush of dopamine straight to the brain. 

When FRIDAY*’s not making music as part of the fantastic Sydney collective Full Circle, he’s working in retail, reading Wikipedia articles and developing crushes, which he says absolutely sucks. Some might argue that crushes are just part of the human condition, but to FRIDAY*, they’re “cringe”. I don’t fully understand why, but I’m willing to take his word for it. “I am cringe, but I am free”, is an oft-memed quote, but maybe it’s true. 

Junkee: A mistake that turned into an opportunity? 

Hmm. I don’t know about mistakes per se but I applied to my retail job initially as like a half-joke and have now been there for four years. 

Cringe quote you used to live by?

I wish I used to live by a quote, that’s so funny. I can’t remember what the hell my young self was living by but it was probably some overdramatic Kendrick or Gang of Youths or Christian worship music lyric or something. The heart is a muscle! Or whatever.

Worst advice you got and blindly followed?

“Figure out what you want to do before you graduate high school!!!” Now I have HECS debt.

The worst failure you’re up for sharing, and what you learned from it? 

This is a great column because now I have to think about every failure I’ve ever had.

Self-awareness is a gift and a curse, that’s the lesson.

Anything you used to be wrong about?

I used to just not trust my taste at all. I thought the things other people liked were cooler than the things I liked, just because it wasn’t me liking them. How bizarre is that?

Embarrassing internet habit?

I just be reading Wikipedia articles. Not even a portion for specific knowledge, just the full thing. About anything and everything. It’s never relevant. I have too much information retained about too many things that don’t matter. There’s TV shows that people think I’m a fan of but nah I just read the entire Wikipedia article on it for no reason.

Ideal morning routine versus actual morning routine? 

Ideal: Wake up at 6 or 7, stretch, exercise, eat breakfast, brush teeth, shower, read with some tea, put on the outfit that I planned the night before, review my itinerary for the day.

Actual: Wake up half an hour to an hour before literally whatever i need to do that day, shower, brush teeth, get distracted, put on clothes, leave house late

Something very off-brand for you?

Look, I don’t know if I have a brand per se. But I think the most off-brand thing I do is have crushes on people. That’s cringe. 

Bad health decision?

I think most decisions I make are bad health decisions. 

What do you waste money on?

Clothes and sneakers. It’s fucked up.

Worst procrastination habit?
I will constantly underestimate how much effort it takes to complete a certain task and leave myself with a mountain of work at the last minute. I used to leave uni assignments to the deadline after the deadline. Like til the cutoff date for hand-ins. With all penalties applied.

FRIDAY*’s new single ‘Dying In The City’ is out now.

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Illustration credit: Matt Lauricella, @pigeonboyart