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3REE's new single Games is out now! We chat to the duo about the release and more.

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Aussie duo 3REE, the musical project of Mitch Volcan and Sean Tighe, recently dropped their new banger, Games. We caught up with the pair to chat about the release and more!

Produced by the pair, the song navigates themes of a toxic relationship, after both Volcan and Tighe had found themselves within the situation. Fusing together pop melodies with alt-rock sounds, inspired by artists ranging Juice WRLD and The Kid LAROI to Green Day and Fall Out Boy, creating their own unique blend of modern sounds.

Having connected over Instagram in 2019, the duo soon joined forces to work on original music, having written and recorded their debut EP across two weeks in Sydney. With over 500k streams, the release saw the duo take on the world, embarking on two sold out UK tours. With over over 200 shows under their belt, 3REE played at iconic festivals including Slam Dunk, Glastonbury, and Reading & Leeds Music Festivals.

Games is out now! Read our interview with 3REE below.

Tell us a bit about how you began your musical journey...

We exchanged Messages on Instagram in early 2019; within 3 days of talking Sean (drums) flew out from Perth to Sydney to meet Mitch (lead vocals/guitar) in person and it was an instant spark of creativity!

Congratulations on the release of your new song, Games! The song navigates themes of a toxic relationship. What inspired the conceptual standpoint of the song and how important was it for you to document these themes within your music?

Thank you! Games is a mutual situation that we have both been through and we feel like most people have gone through at some point. It was so important to get the real core emotions and what we were trying to say in the best way possible. We feel like we did that just by being blunt with the lyrics and just saying it how it is. There’s no sugar coating a break up.

Games fuses together influences of alt-rock, pop and trap. How did you craft the sonic soundscape of the song?

We both had an idea of trying to invent or blend sounds together. We crafted the sound with a lot of trial and error and finding the balance of real instruments and VST’s.

If Games was a piece of visual art, which artwork would it be?

Definitely a landscape shot of a burning car.

How do you feel your music speaks to listeners, and what messages do you hope they take away from the song?

We feel it speaks to them exactly how it speaks to us. The lyrics are very to the point. There’s no reading between the lines with this one!

Could you talk us through your creative process when writing and recording songs?

The song was completely written and recorded by the band! With Mitch being in Sydney and Sean in Perth the song was written over many FaceTime calls and Mitch recorded the track in his studio!

Will you be dropping a full length release this year? And what can fans expect from your future releases?

In terms of full length probably not but expect an EP from us! Fans can also expect what they know and love about our music, mixed with something they haven’t heard from us or anybody before…

Did you encounter any challenges whilst creating music during the COVID-19 pandemic, or did it allow you the time and space to immerse yourself within this musical project?

Living 5 Hours apart was really tough for us. With travel shut down in Australia we wrote songs together on FaceTime and decided to do mashups of popular songs and put them on Instagram!

The current pandemic has obviously put a halt to touring and performing live, what are your touring plans post pandemic? What can audiences expect from one of your live shows?

Post Covid we really want to play to our own country Australia (first) then going back out to America & Europe! They can expect an INSANE amount of Energy.

You’ve embarked on two sold out UK tours, playing over 200 shows including Slam Dunk, Glastonbury, and Reading & Leeds Music Festivals. Which show left the biggest impact on you, both professionally and personally?

It’s hard to say but our favourite show on our last tour was in Bristol. Everyone lost their minds!


Biggest influences?

Our biggest influences range from artists like Fall Out Boy and Green Day to Juice WRLD and Kanye West.

Dream collaboration?

Kanye West

Album that has had the most impact on you?

Green Day - Dookie

How do you define your musical style in 3 words?

Hyper, Emo, Pop

A musical release you’re most looking forward to in 2021?

Justin Bieber - Justice

If you could create the soundtrack for any film, which one would it be?

Back To The Future

Hannah Montana or Miley Cyrus?

Miley 100%

The best/most memorable show you’ve ever performed?

The Louisiana in Bristol UK (U2 & Oasis played there)

Album you would listen to on repeat on a road trip?

Blink-182 - California

Best concert you have been to?

Panic! At The Disco

Last concert you went to?

Panic! At The Disco

If you were a Spice Girl, what would your spice nickname be?

Mitch: Stressed Spice

Sean: HYPER Spice

Guilty music pleasure?

Savage Garden

If you could support any artist on tour, who would it be?


An artist you think has had the most influence on the music industry.

At this point in time it would have to be Travis Barker. He is absolutely killing it right now!

What advice would your current self, give your future self, for a year from now?

Calm your mind

The moment you knew you wanted to be a musician?

Mitch: Watching Bullet In A Bible (Green Day’s live album in Milton Keynes)

Sean: Seeing and listening to Travis Barker while growing up!


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