On the opposite side of the globe (if you're living in England like me that is) there appears to be something of a renaissance of indie electro-inspired pop musicians coming to the forefront. In a way, you could argue that Lorde reminded us that there's a whole unexplored world of music in the other hemisphere. Of course, we shouldn't be surprised - we're talking about the country that birthed Dannii and Kylie Minogue, who has arguably turned into one of many of the nation's sweethearts.

Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam aren't quite at that level yet, but they're certainly doing enough on the underground circuit to warrant spots on some of their country's biggest festivals. Chloe and Simon make up Klo, an exciting duo that "brings together Simon's atmospheric soundscapes and dance-echoing beats with Chloe's emotive vocals and evocative lyrics". Their first two releases 'Make Me Wonder' and 'False Calls' garnered enough attention and enough of a buzz for them to continue working on what would eventually become their recently released debut EP. Cusp was released via Remote Control in their home country (who have also released records from FKA twigs and The xx so they're in good company) and their latest single pushed them to number two on Hype Machine's Most Blogged Artist Chart.

Interrupting their late night jam session, I get to chat to the pair via Skype who admit they've been "at it" for the past few hours attempting to come up with new material (they seem rather thankful for the break in all honesty).

Who are your musical influences? What inspired the music on the EP?

Simon: I guess on this EP we've been listening to a lot of people from the UK. Jamie xx...

Chloe: James Blake...

S: We're both really big fans of Little Dragon, too. And then a whole lot of dance music too.

C: Even Drake. All and everything. I think that shows in our music too. I don't think we're just one specific genre, I think there's a mix of things in there.

How did you guys meet?

C: We're cousins, actually. So we've always known each other since we were born really! [Laughs] From family gatherings and such and Simon and I have actually done a few family band things because we've got quite a musical family. But we were never really close until we started working together. It's weird, I feel like I've been close with him forever. It's almost like nothing ever changed.

Was it different working together in this environment compared to working with other people, like people you don't necessarily know?

C: Well, to be honest tonight we've been trying to jam out a song and we're do brain dead because we've been at it for six hours trying to get a song together. Usually, we work quite well together especially me being a very emotion-centred singer and a lot of the time I improvise, that's my main thing, that's what I do. Simon and I jam a lot until we find an idea that we like and stick to it. We usually keep adding as many ideas as we can until it's absolutely full and then we take away everything until we're left with the best ideas.

Congratulations on the release of your EP. How did it all come together?

S: Basically, me and Chloe started working together after our mothers said we should work together. [Laughs] We didn't really know each other very well but we just got into the same room together and first of all I just helping Chloe record some... folk songs. I recorded her and when she was away I ended up playing with the recordings a bit and somehow turned her folk songs into more electronic tracks. We just kept sending recording back and forth to each other over the web and started working that way. We started working in our rooms together over the first half of the year or so.

C: I think we realised we might be collaborating together on some stuff and it started working and we thought "let's just keep going with this!" It wasn't ever set that we were going to be a duo as such so we did our first song which was 'False Calls' where Simon sampled my voice and then it just went from there. It was a lot of improvisation, really.

What's the vibe of the scene out there at the moment?

S: In Melbourne particularly, it's really, really good! We've got heaps of really good electronic producers and that's kind of the "thing." At the moment, were in the middle of what we call Melbourne Music Week which is basically a whole lot of really cheap or free show that are put up in places in the city that aren't venues; the council just sets up stages everywhere. The quality of the music is really good; usually we have some international headliners but then there will be a bunch of local artists supporting as well. It's definitely the best scene in Australia, there's just so much support. It's not hard to get people down to gigs. Once you put your music up on the web and share it around, people are super supportive as they have been in our case. We only did our first show in September and there were enough people to sell out the venue and then some. The scene is great, everyone is so supportive and there's a ridiculously amount of talented people here.

C: A lot of the artists are our friends really. A lot of us are in the same scene so that's what's great. I think a lot of people inspire each other to work harder. Although we're all supportive, it's quite competitive as well so I think everyone is trying to keep up with everyone else really.

You mentioned that you did your first ever gig not too long ago. Do you have any further plans to tour?

C: We're actually playing at a Melbourne festival called Strawberry Fields, that's over three days. We're playing at another one the following weekend called Paradise Festival which is another three day one and then one over New Year's called Beyond The Valley. There are two massive festivals in Melbourne on New Year's and that would be one of them. After that we're travelling to the UK next year so we might do some gigs over there, not sure what yet but we'd love to.

Have you found it difficult translating your music to the live stage?

C: No way, I don't think. I wasn't too familiar with how to play electronic music live before I started working with Simon. I play the pad and a controller synth and Simon plays a synth and pad and we do a lot of it live. It's quite easy I think and because we're playing instruments, it's not as cheap on stage.

Prior to forming Klo, what were you both working on?

S: I started off as a drummer. After school I went to study jazz and while I was there, I met two mates where we kind of started playing jazz together that turned into experimental electronic music. Those guys were really heavily influenced by a lot of the UK stuff as well and that's where I learnt a lot and found out a lot about these guys in the UK that we really love and how I fell in love with electronic music.

That's quite a big transition from Jazz to Electronic music, no?

Yeah... unfortunately Jazz is... It's kind of dead and so many of the techniques that we learnt were really important to all music. It's fundamentals that should be in all good song writing and good musicianship. We've brought all that through and hopefully that shows in our recordings. There's a lot of live playing, attention to groove, getting things off the grid and making it a bit more human which is what electronic music needs sometimes.

C: For me, I was pretty much doing just solo stuff. I was always too shy and anxious to go out there and start something with a band. I just bought a guitar, had a keyboard and wrote a lot at home, performed at various places but I never had the courage or I was too picky to work with anyone around my area. A lot of the musicians that I knew when I was growing up were just straight-forward, terrible electronic music and it didn't appeal to me. I was really stuck; I didn't know what to do and that's when Simon just recorded me and even when he sent over his stuff I was a bit iffy about it because it was extremely experimental to the point where I couldn't have sung over it. But somehow we seem to make it work and I'm so happy that I'm able to express everything I've wanted to and have someone else to expand that idea with me.

Streaming is a hot topic at the moment. As musicians, independent musicians at that, what are your thoughts and feelings on streaming services?

S: The thing that I really dislike about this whole streaming thing is not so much the monetary thing but how much the play count is valued, especially being in a small country like Australia, there's some artists that I know out there that are so world class but we just don't have the amount of people to give them the play count to make them look like the real deal even though their music is the real deal. I've got a little bit of a beef with that. You can go down the whole path of saying people should be buying music and Spotify is essentially taking that away from us.

C: Either a lot of people aren't going to spend the money on iTunes to buy an album when it's just there but at least Spotify, in the end you do make money of it. Maybe it's better that it's there than some illegal site. But obviously it would be a lot better if there was no internet I think? If it was just CDs and vinyl. I think that would be awesome but you can't do that anymore.

That's an interesting thought. Do you think that without the internet perhaps you wouldn't be where you are today?

C: To be honest, probably not! [Laughs] I think when we put out our first track 'Make Me Wonder' we didn't know what to expect. We just threw that out ourselves until we had our managers on board and they did an amazing job and got it on a few really good blogs where it just absolutely skyrocketed up. It's an organic following as well.

Apart from your own music, what else have you been enjoying and listening to this year?

C: I really like Little Dragon's new record. It's different. I love their old stuff the best and this was interesting because they're one of my favourite bands for sure. It's a little bit more commercialised this time but it got them a lot further. Simon and I saw them live earlier this year and they played all their old stuff so it kind of shows they did the commercial stuff to get to where they needed to be.

How would you like to be remembered musically?

S: That's deep! That's super heavy! The first thing that pops into my head is "a nice guy!"[Laughs] I don't see music lasting as a career for the rest of my life. I think there's a lot of things I'd like to do afterwards probably. My dad is 60 and he's just taken up charity work and I think I'd like to do that. I don't think unfortunately that my music is going to change the world but it'd be nice if it did!

C: For me, I'd love people to feel a lot of emotion through my music and relate to it. For instance if I was to listen to a James Blake record, that gets to me and makes me feel like... I don't want to get too cheesy but... I feel like I'm almost not... in the world! Like, I'm in another place. I hope that I can get other people there too!

Klo's debut EP Cusp is out now on Remote Control.