Australia has launched plenty of acts into the American popular consciousness over the years -- to pick a couple major examples, AC/DC and Kylie Minogue still make regular appearances in the playlists of bars and clubs, respectively -- but the '10s have seen a new crowd of artists from the country infiltrate the highest levels of American pop. Just this year, Flume hit the top 20 with "Never Be Like You," while Tame Impala's Kevin Parker helped write a Lady Gaga single.
Drew Carmody, who produces as LDRU, may be the latest to join this club. As a member of the duo Carmada, he earned the attention of Skrillex's OWSLA label, and his forthcoming solo EP will be released in the States by Ultra Records, which has repeatedly shown a knack for importing dance music from abroad.
LDRU's path into music was somewhat unconventional. He was kicked out of boarding school for smoking weed -- "I wasn't really an academic type kid," he explains -- but landed an apprenticeship with a carpenter within a week of his expulsion. When he suffered a nasty back injury falling from a ladder, which kept him horizontal for roughly 18 months, he put his recovery time to use by learning music production.