The Presets (formed in 2003) is an Australian electronic music duo comprised of classically trained musicians Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes, hailing from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes met whilst studying classical music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 1995. With a shared interest in 1980’s pop, the pair became members of the electronic group Prop through which they released the albums “Small Craft, Rough Sea” (2001) and “Cook Cut Damage Destroy” (2003). Shortly afterwards Hamilton and Moyes remixed the track “Magnetic Highway” and found a proclivity for remixes and sounds with edgier and more district electronic influences.
The result was The Presets, which the pair formed in 2003, upon leaving Prop, with Hamilton providing vocals, keyboard and production, whilst Moyes focused on drums, keyboard, production and programming. It wasn’t long before The Presets became known and signed with Modular Recordings, who released their debut EP “Blow Up” in November 2003. The band subsequently released the EP “Girl And The Sea” ahead of their debut album “Beams” in 2005. The release earned the duo both a commercial and critical response and led to supporting Daft Punk on their Australian tour.
The Presets’ sophomore album “Apocalypso” arrived in 2008 and debuted at No. 1 on the Australian Album Chart, and spawned the single “My People”, which became the longest charting single in Australian chart history. The album also featured the popular singles “This Boy’s in love”, “If I Know You” and “Talk Like That” and earned the band six awards at the ARIA Awards in 2008, including Best Dance Release, Best Group, and Album of the Year.
In September 2012, The Presets released their third full-length album “Pacifica” another extension of their thorn-edged disco ’80’s sound, and earned much the same critical acclaim as “Apocalypso” however managed only to reached No. 3 on the Australian Albums Chart. The album's 10 songs were narrowed down from over 30, including the singles “Fall”, “Youth in Trouble” and “Promises” and saw The Presets make an impressive return to the singles chart.