SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Hudson Rose

Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music?

I went to my very first concert when I was nine years old. We went to see Keith Urban. I loved his energy, how he interacted with the audience, the stories he told, everything about his performance was amazing! I remember looking up and y mum and telling her that’s what I wanted to do. 

The next few years I participated in local eisteddfods and performed with my sister at local markets and events. It wasn’t until Christmas of 2016 when I got my very own guitar, a mini Maton. 

I leant three songs to head to the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January 2017. I carried my guitar up and down Peel Street every day (just to make it looked like I was a professional musician). 

Ever since then, I’ve been hooked. I love the stories country music tells and the beautiful melodies to compliment that. 

I always wanted to release music in 2020 and am super happy and proud to now have two of my original songs out into the world…with many more to come. 

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music?

I want to release music that I’m proud of and that people can relate to. I love listening to songs that have this effect on me and asking myself ‘Why do I like this?’, ‘What makes this a great song?’.  I learn something every day on my music journey. 

It has always been important to me to have a few traditional country music instruments in my songs (mandolin, banjo, pedal steel). 

Today we are influenced by so many things with social media, television and the people around us that sometimes it’s hard to find ‘your own thing’. For me, these influences guide me with things that I like and don’t like, so I then include that in my own music. 

What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?

I would love to make a full time living out of music. I love being able to share my story and connect with people on a different level. I love to have a positive impact on people’s lives, making their days a little bit better when they listen to my music. 

One of my biggest dreams has always been to play on a stage in Nashville. I’d love to play on festivals like Stagecoach or CMA Fest. 

Success, what is the secret to it?

I think they’re so many different definitions and interpretations for ‘success’. We need to celebrate the little achievements just as much as the big ones. 

Working hard and believing in yourself, to me, is the first step. You can do anything if you put your mind to it. You just have to remember that. 

What has been your biggest career highlight so far?

In February of 2020 I performed my first headlining show in my hometown. The first show sold out, so we hosted a second that also sold out. It was important and meant so much to me to have the show in my hometown. 

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?

I grew up listening to Shania Twain, Graeme Connors, Fleetwood Mac, Keith Urban and so many other incredible artists. I have always found them inspiring. 

I’ve discovered artists such Kelsea Ballerini, Carrie Underwood and Chase Rice. I love keeping an ear out for what these artists do next. 

Over the last few years, I have appreciated and been inspired by songwriters and artists such as Josh Kerr, Spencer Crandall, Julia Cole and HARDY. 

The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?

Five years from now I would love to have released an album, be playing on festivals around Australia and have completed my own tour. 

I would love to have visited Nashville (at least once) and be writing even better music. 

The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye?

I have never quite been able to wrap my head around social media completely…but I’ll get there. I think it definitely helps artists reach a larger audience more quickly, although there is so much content on social media platforms that sometimes it can be overwhelming for viewers and therefore harder to connect with your desired audience. 

I am extremely proud of both of my tracks and am so grateful for the positive response I have been receiving for them. I am looking forward to plenty more to come. 

Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists.

At the moment, I am loving Andrew Swift, Darlinghurst, Bec Lavelle and Brad Cox. 

What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour?

Over the next few months, I am focusing on songwriting to work towards an EP. I am planning to have another song out towards the end of the year also. 

I do gigs most weekends up and down the Mid North Coast, but I would love to plan a ‘Country Pubs Tour’ in the future.

Tell us a bit about your latest single, how would you best describe your music?

A friend of mine described “One More Kiss’ as ‘the ultimate summer love story’, and I think that fits with the song beautifully. 

‘One More Kiss’ is my bucket list song. I have a very long bucket list, so not everything made it into the song but I do believe that sometimes the little things can be even more beautiful and special than the big things. Things like kissing in the rain or riding the Ferris Wheel can create some amazing memories and moments. 

Don’t get me wrong, things like skydiving and bungee jumping are definitely on the list too!

My genre is country pop. I’m loving the modern elements of new country music, although for me it is important to balance this with some of those traditional elements too.

Do you have any new projects in the pipeline?

There are always thing going on behind the scenes! We are working to have a new and exciting release happening towards the end of the year. 

Thanks for the interview! What final message do you have for us today? 

Thank you so much for your support! 

Just remember to appreciate the little things and the small achievements. I get up each day and make my bed. Even though its only something small, I have already achieved something today, it sets the tone for the rest of the day. 

Website: www.hudsonrosemusic.com.au

Facebook & Instagram: @hudsonrosemusic

SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Raechel Whitchurch

How and where did it all begin for you? What drew your interest to the music industry?

I grew up playing country music because of my parents! When I was 8 we started playing in a travelling country family band called ‘The Lees’, and by the time I was 12 we were living in a caravan on the road, playing at pubs and clubs on the weekends, and home-schooling on the weekdays.

Part of my schooling was to work on the business side of things with my dad, so I was really lucky to experience both sides of the music industry – performing and songwriting, along with the music business side too.

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music?

I always want to challenge myself to be a bit better than yesterday. I don’t really focus on what other people around me are doing as we are all different, plus comparison can get really toxic. I just focus on making music that I’m proud of and is authentic, and hope that other people can resonate with it!

What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?

My biggest goal would be to have a long-term, sustainable music career where I stay true to myself while continuing to push the boundaries of what I’m comfortable with musically. I also hope that I can bring my fans along with on the journey.

What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour?

I’m about to go out on my first ever headline tour, promoting my brand-new album Finally Clear (out April 16). We’re plauing Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Parkes! I’m also on the road with Adam Harvey all year, opening up for his national ‘Highway One’ Tour! Super grateful to Adam for taking a chance on me and welcoming me out onto the road.

Tell us a bit about your latest release and how would you best describe your music?

I’ve been waiting to release ‘Finally Clear’ since early 2020 and so to be finally putting it out into the world is just incredible. This album is all about the journey I took to reach the point of deciding to give music a real shot. It’s the story of insecurity and anxiety, but also the message of hope in overcoming all of that by being brave and taking a chance. I found a lot of healing in making this record and I hope it does the same thing for everyone who hears it.

Give us an insight into your creative process. What gets you writing songs?

Often I will go months and months without writing songs, but then I’ll sit down and write 10 in a week. I really need to be living life and processing it fully without the pressure of creating something, so that I can then return to it later and put it into song. I mostly like writing by myself as I find it to be a very personal process, but I’ve got two co-writes on the album with Colin Buchanan and also my husband Ben Whitchurch.

Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music? 

I wear my heart on my sleeve and I’m a real over-explainer. There’s even a line in my song ‘I Found Home’ that says “I always say just what I need to say” and so I think it’s safe to say that there aren’t many hidden messages in my lyrics.

Success, what is the secret to it?

Being content in all that you do.

What has been your biggest career highlight so far?

Making my album with Matt Fell, having a top 10 radio hit, hitting 200k streams on spotify with ‘My Father’, and going on tour with Adam Harvey!

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?

I find Joy McKean really inspiring. Often people see her as the woman in the background to Slim, but she is such an incredible songwriter and wrote a lot of his biggest hits, while helping to grow his career. I find it inspiring to see a woman from that time who was leading the way as one of the best in the field in the Australian Country Music industry. 

The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?

Hopefully working on my second or third album and touring Australia!

What is your favourite and least favourite part about this line of work and why?

My favourite part is playing live shows, and my least favourite part is being away from my kids while I’m playing live shows. Most things in life have a positive and a negative.

Name a few of your favourite Australian artists.

Fanny Lumsden, Colin Buchanan, Felicity Urquhart, Kasey Chambers, and Michael Waugh.

The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye?

How do you plan on cracking the international market?

My focus is all on Australia right now, especially given the way the world has been for the last year. There is so much to explore right here and so many people who know nothing about my music yet. 

Do you collaborate with others? Who is on your wish-list?

I’d love to collaborate with Ruston Kelly and Jason Isbell.

What advice do you give for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?

Make your own path, don’t follow in anyone else’s footsteps. Figure out what you want, what you won’t compromise on, and don’t be afraid!

A message for your fans. How do you best interact and respond with your fans?

I love chatting with fans on Instagram, and of course at live shows.

Friday 20th August – NQ’s Rockin’ Country – Mackay, QLD

Thursday 26th August – The Gympie Muster – Amamoor, QLD

Friday 1st October – Savannah in the Round – Mareeba, QLD

Website: raechelwhitchurch.com

Facebook: facebook.com/raechelwhitchurchofficial

Twitter: twitter.com/raechelwhit

Instagram: Instagram.com/raechelwhitchurch

NEW MUSIC: The Hunter Express – God Damn Plan

So great to see Brad & The Hunter Express back for 2021! I’ve been a fan since they first hit the music scene in Melbourne several years ago. Check out this new one, it’s called God Damn Plan – filmed in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick.

The Hunter Express release their first single for 2021, a slow-burner, God Damn Plan. (Out Friday April 23rd). Lead by Melbourne singer-songwriter Brad Ellis, God Damn Plan represents the idea that comes with the white picket fence. It’s the perfect facade, but its so often superficial, just a front, and isn’t always what it seems. The song was recorded at Sauna Studios in Collingwood and engineered and produced by Robert Muinos (Julia Jacklin, Nat Vazer). Having worked with Robert on previous recordings this partnership only reinforced the strong soundscape created by The Hunter Express. The film clip was co-directed by Mark Murray and Jess Walters, in which Jess also stars. It features the members of the band and was captured on the roof top of Brunswick music venue, Small Time Group.

The Hunter Express show date:
Saturday 15th May @ Some Velvet Morning
Support from Bec Goring
123 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill VIC 3068

SPECIAL INTERVIEW: LT (LEANNE TENNANT)

THEAUSSIEWORD.COM catches up with LT (Leanne Tennant).

How and where did it all begin for you? What drew your interest to the music industry? I’ve always loved music ever since I can remember, but I think the moment that I decided I wanted to be a songwriter was about age 13 and devouring Nirvana records.  I kind of felt like I never really fit in anywhere so when I listened to their music, it made me feel a sense of belonging.  I started surrounding myself with music, and other musical minds and realised that these were my people and it was where I needed to be.

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music? You know that feeling you get when you hear a certain song and your hair stands on end, and you feel almost euphoric?  I love that feeling.  This is what drives me – to experiment with music is to chase that feeling.  Sometimes it’ll make you sad, other times happy, but without all of that I don’t really know what to do with myself.  I am also forever inspired by other independent artists who are forging a career with little to no team around them, and still killing it.  This inspires me to no end.  

What are some of your biggest goals you hope to accomplish? My biggest goal is to continue creating and releasing music, however learn how to do it in such a way that you don’t burn the wick at both ends.  Achieving some balance in this process is my biggest and most difficult goal.  Oh – and to write songs with the Middle Kids and / or Jack River.

What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour? There will be more music, more writing, and hopefully some more shows!

Tell us a bit about your latest release and how would you best describe your music? Hold Ya is in the Indie-Pop / Dream-Pop world and is written about the strain any relationship goes through when placed under pressure, such as the recent pandemic.  It’s a song about 2 x people drifting apart, however not wanting to give up.  It’s a song of hope.

Give us an insight into your creative process. What gets you writing songs? I don’t have a particular process, but I find that those times that I just walk past the guitar and pick it up even just for a moment without thinking too much, are the times that my brain allows songs to come out in their rawest simplest forms without overthinking it. I also get really inspired just hearing other music.  It makes me want to muck around with ideas I have floating around in my head.  

Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music? Hmmmm, not so much.  I guess I could say that whilst some of my songs may sound or appear to be about a personal experience, they’re often not related to me or my story at all.  

Success, what is the secret to it? Everyone’s definition of success differs.  What is success really?  I guess for me, it is being in a place where you are content, and I think the secret to that is being mindful and grateful for what you have.  This is something I am working hard on getting better at and disconnecting from those who don’t have your best interests at heart. 

What has been your biggest career highlight so far? Hold Ya being featured as Rolling Stone Magazines ‘Song You Need To Know’ was pretty up there!  Also getting to support Bernard Fanning last month.  That was something else.

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring? I find inspiration in other artists that are killing it in the music industry as independent acts.  It’s such a tough slog being an Indie artist so when I see others really succeeding it provides me with hope that it is possible to sustain a career in music as an Indie artist.

Are there any new projects in the pipeline? I am always open to new musical projects so I guess time will tell.

The music industry is constantly changing, where do you see yourself a few years? That’s a hard question to answer and one I ask myself constantly!  I would love to get over to the UK or the US and Canada to meet some of the people who have been incredibly supportive to my music these past couple of years.   I would love to still be writing and releasing music however unsure in the current climate how our industry will survive.  It’s taken a hard hit with Covid preventing artists from touring which is the only way an artist makes money as streaming services don’t pay artists properly.  Ultimately one day, I’d like to see myself living in a cabin on a hillside, next to a fire and a running creak, just writing songs. 

What is your favourite and least favourite part about this line of work and why?  I think my least favourite part is the lack of understanding how much money it costs to create music, and how little artists get back in their pocket.  It often feels as though the songwriter is the only person not making any money.  Also, the lack of understanding how much time, and sacrifice it takes to sustain a career in the arts.  It’s a real job, and we work bloody hard at it.

My favourite things about this line of work is getting to immerse myself in music. Writing and recording music is my favourite thing to do in the world and I am so very grateful any time I get an opportunity to be able to re-enter the studio and spend time doing what I love.  Being in this industry often forces you to do things outside of your comfort zone, and whilst it’s scary, if it weren’t for music I would probably hide away and not see anybody. Hahah.  It’s a steep learning curve.

Name a few of your favourite Australian artists. Jack River, The Middle Kids, and my friend’s groups Moreton and Meres. The latter 2 are doing great things as Indie artists and writing music that sits outside of the box.  I love that they have solidly stuck to this and are starting to see big things.

The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye? Hmmmmmm, there’s only so much I really want to say here, but let’s just say it’s tough.  I feel we could be doing a much better job on radio at supporting Australian Artists, and artists need to be paid better by streaming services.  On a positive note though, I love that you can do almost anything online now.  It’s so easy to meet other artists and like-minded people that are interested in helping you create and release music.  It’s very easy to release music online now and most of it you can do DIY which is exciting for an artist.  It’s a great promotional tool and I certainly don’t miss running around town, dripping with sweat, pinning posters up about your gig only to find someone has ripped them down!  I do hope however that someday Australia will become less focused on Triple J and Spotify determining a musician’s value, and get more focused on getting out there and seeing the plethora of incredible acts we have in this country that don’t necessarily fit those boxes.  And buy their music!  

How will you continue appealing to the international market?  I had plans to be in the UK last year until Covid hit us all.  I seem to have a bit of a following in Canada and I have forever dreamed of visiting Canada so I hope I get the opportunity to head over there too when restrictions ease one day.  This is the other great thing about music being online – is that you get to reach so many different people!  I guess I’ll keep connecting with people as I have and hopefully get to meet some friendly faces down the track.

Do you collaborate with others? Who is on your wish-list? I have collaborated with a couple of different folk over the years.  I think my wish list would be Jack River.  I love her sound and the way she crafts her songs.  Her and the Middle Kids are just damn fine songwriters.  That would be a dream.  If anybody reading this knows how to make that happen, I give you my permission!

What advice do you give for other artists wanting to follow in your footsteps?  Believe in yourself.  It’s a hard slog, but if you feel it in your bones and it’s something that is every part of your being – then you should probably pursue it.  Work smart, work hard, and take every opportunity that you can, and don’t be discouraged by people saying no.  You’ll get a lot of ‘not interested’ responses, but over time that will change.  Be open to learning as much as you can and don’t wait until ‘you’re ready’.  Just do it.

A message for your fans. How do you best interact and respond with your followers and fans?  I love connecting with my followers and I predominantly use Facebook and Instagram to do this.  

Any last words?  If you’re a female musician reading this, and wondering how you can do music and have a family one day – well you CAN do both.  It is possible, and it is achievable.  

Website: www.ltmusic.net

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LTMusicAus

Twitter: www.twitter.com/LTMusicAus

Instagram: www.instagram.com/LTMusicAus

SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Rene Le Feuvre

THEAUSSIEWORD.COM catches up with Rene Le Feuvre.

Give us an introduction. How did it all begin?

It actually all began at high-school… I’d never sang before and for some reason decided to audition for our school musical Peter Pan. The next thing I knew I got the lead role and basically it all started from there!

What had you first interested in music?

My parents both sing and play instruments, so it was always around me and something I wanted to do. My parents put me in piano lessons in primary school, and when I was 12 I started teaching myself the guitar.

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music?

Great music can move people, influence people, even save people. To have an ability to “speak” to someone in this form is an incredible gift and something I will never take for granted, and that’s why I do what I do.

What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?

I want to tour internationally and play on the biggest stages around the world. Right now my goal is to hit a million streams on Spotify… once I achieve that I’ll move onto the next goal and so on… it’s kinda a never-ending process and it’s how I am fulfilled.

What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour?
A tour to Melbourne and Sydney in July! Along with some more music releases 😉

Tell us a bit about your latest album and how would you best describe your music?

My EP was very much a singer-songwriter with different flavours of pop, rock, folk, and soul. It was definitely me discovering my sound and trying different things, and had a lot of deep thoughts in it. For me is a document of that time in my life.

Success, what is the secret to it?
Passion, work ethic, and just the right amount of crazy.

What has been your biggest career highlight?

This is a really hard question… it’s hard to top the Peter Pan thing actually! I can’t describe the feeling but it was so relieving and emotional because I’d taken this leap of faith and it had pulled off. I’m really proud of myself for throwing myself in the deep end like that, especially as a “cool footy boy” at school, took a lot of guts haha!

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring? Ed Sheeran, Michael Rosenburg (Passenger), Eminem

Any new projects in the pipeline?
A new EP!

The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?

Honestly I have no bloody clue haha! I hope to see myself amongst the top calibre of artists in Australia and be doing well internationally.

Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists. Matt Corby, Flume, Sia, Pnau

The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye?

Business is business and the music industry is forever changing! I hate that social media is such a huge 24/7 part of my job but I also love it because I can connect with my listeners so easily and can reach more people than ever before. I do hate though that platforms like onlyfan’s can make people thousands but streaming services pay artists less than a cent per stream for their hours of dedication and sacrifice… it’s a little bit backwards, but at the end of the day it’s not about the money so I’m grateful for the opportunity to have my music heard in almost every country in the world.

Thanks for the interview! What final message do you have for us today?

Thank you for supporting local music and please if you have two seconds, follow me on Spotify and check out my tunes!!

Website https://www.renelefeuvre.com
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ReneLeFeuvreMusic 

Twitter https://twitter.com/renelefeuvre
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