What can you tell our readers about you? How and where did it all begin?
I was always very musical growing up, I played violin and piano from the age of 7. I have two older sisters and we’d always be putting on shows for our family, which made me very comfortable performing from a young age. I only realised I could sing when I was at a friend’s 13th birthday party and got up to do karaoke! I got my first paid gig when I was 16, and haven’t looked back ever since.
What had you first interested in music?
I can’t really pinpoint a specific time when music became important to me, it’s always been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Though listening to old jazz and blues records with my brother-in-law really ignited my passion for singing.
Who motivates or influences your quest to make great music?
Elvis, Sam Cooke, Chopin, Amy Winehouse, Radiohead, Ella Fitzgerald, Lauryn Hill, Sean Lennon, Serge Gainsbourg, Emily King… the list goes on and on. All of these artists inspire me to be open and audacious in my own song writing.
Do you have any planned tours coming up?
I’m super excited as I’ll be launching my self-titled EP in a couple of weeks time, 26th June at The Toff in Town, in my hometown of Melbourne. I have some pretty special guests joining me, Roscoe James Irwin and Albert Salt are both supporting, and the band line-up includes guys that play with Gotye, The Cat Empire and Husky – so I’m very lucky to be playing with such awesome musos. I’ll also be taking the show to Sydney sometime in August, will have to keep you posted on the dates!
What are some of your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?
I can’t wait to start touring, nationally and overseas, to play festivals and collaborate with different artists. I just want to make good music that is honest and true and that connects and moves people.
What can fans expect from you in the coming months?
I’m currently working on a music video for my single ‘Not Ready for Love’, and looking to do some shows in Sydney in August. I’m also very excited to get back into the studio and start recording some new material that I’ve been working on.
Success, what is the secret to it and what has been your biggest career highlight so far?
I think the secret to success is to be happy and love what you do. My career highlight would have to be the fact that I’m now working with many musicians that I grew up listening to and looking up to – I feel so blessed to be surrounded by incredibly talented people who inspire me to constantly grow and develop as an artist.
Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?
Melody Gardot, Ray Charles, Amy Winehouse. I actually wrote a song dedicated to Amy Winehouse just after she passed, ‘Reach for You’ it’s one of the tracks on my EP.
How would you best describe you and your music to your fans?
Think pop melodies, the rich harmonies of Motown, with dark soulful beats and modern grooves of the UKs underground music scenes, mixed with jazz inspired husky vocals and harmonies..
I’m pretty stoked with how it’s turned out – I spent the last 2 years perfecting these tunes. It’s definitely been a big learning experience working with my producer Ryan Ritchie. It was a very different process to recording my first EP ‘Awoken’, a lot more daring and experimental with sounds.
I was also very lucky enough to work with Tim Fain, an incredible violinist from the States who features on my latest single ‘Not Ready for Love’.
Are there any new exciting projects in the works?
I have a few collaborations in the works, but I can’t give away too much just yet….
The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?
Hopefully living the dream, touring, writing, recording, collaborating and continuing doing more of what I love.
Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists.
Sia, Daniel Merriweather, Hiatus Kaiyote, and Rai Thistlethwaite.
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 think it’s amazing that it’s become so easy to share music all over the world. It’s such a great feeling receiving emails from bloggers from the States and Italy saying they’re into what I’m doing. It’s definitely facilitated communication between artists and their followers.
On the other hand it’s also become a lot harder for artists to differentiate themselves in the industry when there is so much out there.
Thank you for the interview! What can you leave fans of theaussieword.com with here today?
Support live music. Go see a gig… Come see my EP Launch @ The Toff in Town. Thursday 26th June.