TheAussieWord meets with local Melbourne talent HUSKY….
It began in Melbourne, where we all live, about four years ago when we got together to play some shows and record some songs. We’d all been playing in various bands and doing different things for years. But we knew we had something good going on from the first time we all got together in a rehearsal room to play.
What first got you interested in music?
Listening to my sister having a piano lesson when I was five years old. I watched through the key hole mystified by the strange notes she was reading and the melodies she was playing.
Who inspires or influences your quest to make great music?
There are too many to name but the early songwriters that made a big impression were Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon, The Doors, America, Joni Mitchell, Nirvana and many more.
Are there any tours or gigs planned for the future?
We are currently in Germany on a 3 week tour and then heading to the US for SXSW and some shows in NY, LA and Toronto for CMW. Then we head back hoem to Australia for a national tour.
What are some of the biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?
To make great records and play great shows and hopefully for people to hear those records and come to those shows.
What can fans expect from you in the coming months?
Lots and lots of touring, and some new songs should turn up in our live shows as we go.
Success, what is the secret to success and what has been your biggest career highlight so far?
I don’t know any secrets. And success means something different for everyone. My career highlight so far is releasing Forever So, which we worked so hard on and hearing people’s thoughts and feelings about the record.
Which current stars in the industry do you highly rate?
The trouble with templeton, who is coming on tour with us in April. He’s great live and his songs and voice are very moving.
How would people best describe you and your music?
People have such different perceptions of our sound. I think it’s best to let people decide for themselves. But we are very interested in layering of melodies and harmonies and textures and the power of the word.
Tell us a bit about your first EP or album?
We recorded it in my house in Northcote, Melbourne, with a bunch of borrowed gear and self taught techniques. It was an incredible adventure, with great highs and lows, and with all it’s flaws we’re very proud of it.
Do you have any exciting projects in the works?
At the moment we are mainly focused on touring the record and we are only just starting that process abroad. But we are talking to some awesome artists about possible collaborations of different kinds so that could be interesting.
The industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?
I try not to look ahead more than a few days, otherwise things get too overwhelming. Hopefully, in a few years time I’ll be playing/recording music and lots of people are hearing it.
Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists.
Tinpan Orange, Gotye, Tame Impala
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 it means to you in getting your records out into the public eye?
I don’t really know much about the workings of the industry, but I love the fact that we can have direct contact with our listeners through social media, and can hear what they have to say about our music and our shows, and we can talk directly to them as well.
Thanks for the interview! What can you leave fans with here on TheAussieWord blog today?
I hope to see you all at a show soon!