10 minutes with The Temper Trap’s Dougy Mandagi
May 22, 2013
Dougy Mandagi may look Pinoy but he’s not. The lead vocalist of the Australian indie rock band The Temper Trap, responsible for hits like “Fader,” “Love Lost” and Need Your Love,” is actually Indonesian. No biggie. Before his band performed at the recent Wanderland 2013, an annual music and arts festival, we recently got to know the Pinoy-looking singer and got him to talk about nationality, favorite songs, and how much his life has changed, thanks to the band.
You get mistaken for a Filipino. How do you feel about that?
It’s all good, it’s fine. I know many Filipinos!
How Indonesian are you?
I’m very Indonesian. It’s my first language. Bali is where I feel most at home, followed by Australia because it is where my mom is. I live in London.
Are you involved in the making of your music videos?
Some of them I am, some of them I am not. It just really depends on the treatment and if it’s something straight off the bat we want to do. But if there’s nothing in it that we want to change, we just keep our hands off and let the director do what they do.
Which song would you recommend for someone who’s never heard of you guys?
Probably “Sweet Disposition.” It seems to be the one everyone likes the most. If you’re playing something for someone for the first time, you want to play your best song.
What is your favorite The Temper Trap song?
It’s like choosing from your kids. I don’t know! I like “Resurrection.” And there’s this song in our second album but you have to buy the deluxe edition to get it. It’s called “The Trouble with Pain.” I like the more sort of obscure songs that a lot of people in general don’t like.
Any news about a new album soon?
We’re working on it, so we kind of juggle a bit with touring and finishing all our touring commitments and trying to write and record them also at the same time when we have time off. It’s coming along. We’re definitely making progress. There’s already some pretty strong demos so hopefully by the start of next year, we’ll have a record out and maybe put out a single or two before the end of the year.
How has life changed for you guys?
Well, for one, we located to London so that’s a big change for everyone. So it’s four years now. A lot of travelling, clocking in those air miles, quitting all our crappy day jobs that we hated but had to do to feed our music addiction. Life has definitely changed from six, seven years ago.
What is the best thing about being part of Temper Trap?
I just enjoy making music and I really enjoy performing. That’s really my passion. That’s why I do what I do.