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The Encounters

Years Active 2011-2017

Genre Indie, Pop Rock

Members Present: Lewin Riddell (Lead vocals, rhythm guitar) Callum Robertson (Lead guitarist) William Robertson (Bass guitarist) Past: Blake Skinner (Lead vocals, Bass guitar) Oly Gordon (Drums)

Describe Your Sound

A blend of ambient synths, rock and funk inspired guitar tones, pop inspired vocals, and detailed attention to song production. We draw a lot of inspiration from the production side of music, and spend a lot of time adding layers of electronic production to our songs then try to combine that with live instruments.



Will, Cal, Lewin and Blake all went to Mazenod College together and we started off as a punk-pop band called Sweet Side Effect. At the time we were all really into bands like Blink 182, You me at six, Panic at the disco. We later got really inspired by electronic-indie bands like Art vs Science and EDM music and our genre kind of changed somewhere along the line between 2011-2012. In 2013 Blake Skinner our vocalist and bass guitarist at the time moved onto his own solo music path. The three of us still had so many plans for the band and Lewin who had been playing drums for the band stepped up to be our lead singer and rhythm guitarist. We spent a lot of time developing our song writing skills and that's when we really developed our niche and our style. In 2016 we decided we wanted more from our live shows and that’s when we met Cristian Galindo, who joined us on drums.


Michael Jackson, The 1975, Arctic Monkeys, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Coldplay, The Beatles. A lot of Brit rock bands! I think we draw from everything around us. Not just music but from experiences and other forms of art like films.

Shared Bills With

We recently finished Hyperfest where we shared the main stage with acts such as Allday, Asta, Amy Shark, Nicole Millar, Mallrat. We have played with a lot of local Perth bands who are really awesome and not recognised nearly as much as they should be like Great Gable, Young Robin, Casino Dreams, Calm Collected, Rogues. We also played a festival in Kalgoorlie back in 2012 called the Cement Event and we played on a lineup with Aussie rappers Illy and Seth Sentry that was really cool!

Career Highlights

Probably around the release of our first EP. It was when we first really put our music and our band out there and we got a really good response and built an initial fan base really quickly. Hyperfest and Kalgoorlie Cement Event would also have to be up there along with sold out shows we played at Amplifier bar and HQ Leederville.

Current Activity

We are in the recording process of our next single at the moment as well as finishing the songs for our next EP.

Releases by The Encounters

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