Interview: Thief – “Some People Don’t Understand What Puns Are”

Thief, formerly known as Thief Urban, is the electronic side of PJ Wolf actualised. A winner of the Triple J Unearthed Top Song competition and recipient of the Foundation for Young Australians Buzz Grant, PJ recently got back from SXSW in Austin, Texas, so we got to talking if the experience checked off all the required criteria, including plenty of networking and working on your chops.

“I think all of that sort of stuff happened,” PJ tells us. “It is a very intense experience. We learn a lot, particularly about performing under duress, because you’re sort of doing gigs, you have ten minutes to set up all of your stuff, you never know what it’s going to sound like until you start singing and playing the song… so you get really good at rolling with the punches.”

He also mused on his time spent as Thief Urban. “That’s what I started with. It was heartbreaking, I wasn’t that keen to let go,” he says. “But essentially, as it picked up steam… people get confused. I did have the occasional person in cowboy boots showing up to shows. No, it was more like the ‘urban’ thing. Some people were confused, they expected an urban act, and some people don’t understand what puns are, and then there were some people who thought I was playing in Keith Urban’s band.”

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