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Matt K. Von And Johnny Castro are Parachute Youth, an Australian duo originating from Sydney and Adelaide, respectively. Matt and Johnny met in 2010 at a boring shindig: six or seven guys just bonging around the couch. After thirty minutes, they left the less-than-party, went home, got arty, and made their first track. They titled their new creation “It Can’t Get Better Than This”. By default, the bong had created an incredible team.

Previous to their less than spectacular meeting, Matt worked as an Avionics Technician in the Airforce, working on jet fighters (hence the name Parachute Youth). Johnny had played at festivals such as Big Day Out with local outfit Def Starr (playing synthesizers) with some success with their remix of “Fences” by Phoenix. Nothing short of amazing is his mastery of chords, but even more amazing is that Johnny is self taught. After some months, the duo left their hometowns and their girlfriends, sold their cars, and moved to Paris.

In the two years since Matt and Johnny first worked together, they have subsequently teamed up with Ajax from Sweat it Out Records who in turn recruited Sam La More to engineer the single “Can’t Get Better Than This”. At times, it was a difficult process, not wanting to curb the raw appeal of the group, but in the end, Parachute Youth prevailed.


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