There are few tales more compelling than the rise of the enigmatic producer, artist and songwriter Running Touch. The elusive and multi-faceted creative has spent the best of the past few years fast cementing himself as not just an incredible musician and performer but forward-thinking visionary in every sense of the word. Through his music, live-show and identity (or lack of thereof) Running Touch has curated a multi-dimensional brand that gives a focus to storytelling through art, performance and music and sits in a realm that is matched by few.
Born and raised in Melbourne, Running Touch’s music career starting at the age of 13 in what is to now to be known as Post-Hardcore outfit Ocean Grove, in which Running Touch remains the core-studio member to this day. Ocean Grove have since gone on to tour the world a number of times over, joining ranks with the likes of Limp Biscuit, Crossfaith, Northlane, Amity Affliction and more. With his Hardcore days still far from over, Running Touch took a liking to electronic music, starting a promising new project in 2015 and taking the leap from the world he knew, plunging to the unfamiliar depths of the Electronic scene to start the Running Touch journey.
Since beginning this project, his career has moved in leaps and bounds, starting with a slew of awards in his debut year, being named the artist to watch for 2016 by inthemix, one of the most played artists on Triple J Unearthed, dubbed as ‘The Best Kept Secret in Australian Dance Music’ by Buzzfeed and had his breakout track ‘What’s Best For You’ listed as one of the Top Tracks of 2015 [inthemix]. In 2017, Running Touch released his debut EP ‘A Body Slow’, which immediately hit #1 on iTunes Electronic album charts and #9 overall.
Fast forward a short time later and his steady rise to a global takeover is fast and apparent. Solidifying his talents as a producer, Running Touch has written with the likes of Sarah Aarons (The Middle, Zedd), Hayden James, GG Magree, Tensnake, and many more, as well as playing on almost every mainstage in Australia, touring nationally with the likes of ZHU, ODESZA, SAFIA and PNAU, touring across Europe and USA and selling out every headline tour to date. His live show stands as one of the most energetic and compelling performances in the electronic circuit – with dark and brooding twists that you could expect at none other than a hardcore show, imitating a full-scale production rather than just a one-man band alone.
In 2018, Running Touch’s first release of the year ‘My Hands’ has seen him garnering attention from every corner of the globe, hitting the #1 most played track on Triple J for seven weeks running, putting him to the 4th most played artist on the station. My Hands, was also added to a number of major playlists around the world including Apple Music’s A-list Electronic in 37 countries and twelve of Spotify’s largest editorial lists.
The music video, directed, curated, filmed and edited by Running Touch himself, has since been added across the board to MTV, MTV Dance, Youtube’s ‘Electronic Hotlist’ (USA), and leaves no questions as to why the track was voted the ‘Sexiest Song of 2018’ by Triple J Listeners. The recent success of My Hands has since seen Running Touch pen a deal with ODESZA’s label Foreign Family Collective (USA) as well as sign with UTA for bookings across the USA and Europe.
His follow up release, a collaboration with Hayden James, ‘Better Together’ saw him reach his first USA #1 on iTunes and was fast added across the board & on high rotation to every commercial station in the country, streaming at a rate of over 1 million a week and fast becoming the anthem of the summer in Australia, proving a crowd favourite at every show played and a hot contender for Triple J’s Hottest 100.
As Running Touch continues to spread his vision and more fans take a liking to the weird and wonderful world of the Post-Modern Collective, it is no secret as to why people are calling Running Touch one of Australia’s most exciting talents.