theaussieword.com catches up with Melbourne’s Siore.
Give us an introduction. How did it all begin? What had you first interested in music? SIORE is an Indie pop duo from Melbourne that formed with Jessica (vocals) and Paul (guitar and keyboard). We initially met on an online music forum and within a few months had over a dozen original songs and performed them at any opportunity we could at various venues and open mic nights around Melbourne. We are both deeply interested and passionate about music, which has always been the core driver and foundation of everything we do. Paul’s first experiences of music was at age seven when his sister would teach him songs that she had been learning in her guitar lessons. Jessica sang in choirs from the age of five, and had a passion for writing lyrics and songs from an early age. She has early memories of her father playing blues on the stereo when her mother was out so loud the windows would shake and they would dance on the furniture. A life long love of playing and listening to music developed for both.
What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music? Great songs tend to come out when something significant has occured, it can be a tough moment, where you may feel sad or upset or just the same it may be something marvellous has happened and you want to tell the world how happy you are, in those instances the melodies and lyrics seem to flow out almost as if by themselves. Songs tend to reflect the mood or the situation one is in when they are written. For us it’s about sharing what’s inside our heads with the world, it’s often the biggest healer, it’s raw and often emotional.
What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist? We want to continue to create and write the best possible songs we can and secondly to bring those songs to as many people as possible. We want to inspire and motivate people, even if we touch the lives of one person and there is something in our music they can relate that is the greatest reward.
What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour? A single launch in Melbourne in May at Whole Lotta Love in Brunswick we’re teaming up with other musicians including Seren Spain to play shows together and collaborate as much as possible. We have some new shows to announce coming up in Melbourne and having finished our debut EP we will be releasing singles that we’ve been working on with further launches and campaigns in 2018/19. We want to initially establish ourselves in Melbourne and regional Victoria and then expand to Sydney and Adelaide and regional NSW, afterwards Brisbane with the aim of an east coast tour in late 2018 or early 2019 to tie into wsubsequent releases.
Tell us a bit about your latest album and how would you best describe your music? Our latest album is our debut EP, the style is electropop, with strong vocals and moody sounds. It’s a breakup album but it’s a tale of letting go and navigating through the highs and lows of the past three years. We were lucky to work with veteran ARIA nominated producer Stuart Stuart, who’s worked with Sheppard and the Veronicas first album who’ve reached international success. His input was invaluable and for two weeks we recorded in his studio in Brisbane and really immersed ourselves in the songs and creation of the EP. It was an incredible amount of work, rewriting and sometimes frustrating but we’re so pleased with how it sounds and can’t wait to share it.
Success, what is the secret to it? Depends on one’s definition of success, for us it’s doing what we love, that is writing and recording music and thereafter performing it so we consider ourselves successful already.
What has been your biggest career highlight? I think the recording process and working with our producer has been ultimately the biggest career highlight and very rewarding in helping us shape our sound and who we are.
Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring? Anyone who has had to battle long and hard to get where they wanted but also stars that have had long careers in this very demanding industry. Our biggest influences are Broods, Lorde, London Grammar. Artists like Tash Sultana who have come from nothing, busking on the street to playing sold out shows. All for the love of the art.
Any new projects in the pipeline? At this stage we are focused on our launches and gigs and promoting our debut EP. We have a lot of new songs we are working hard on and can’t wait to share them with everyone at our single launch at Whole Lotta Love on May 18 in Brunswick.
The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now? Hopefully by then we would have released a couple of full length albums and toured nationally and internationally. Maybe living in LA sipping Mai Tais.
Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists. Vera Blue, Meg Mac, Julia Jacklin, Tash Sultana
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? Given the state of the music industry at the present time we feel that we are presented with a great opportunity of getting our original material out to the world online through our website, iTunes, Spotify and social media channel. The ability of artists to use social media is huge, and content is king, that’s why we’re constantly using video, film clips and pictures to tell our story to our fans and reach wider audiences. You can follow us on Instagram and Facebook @sioremusic!
Thanks for the interview! What final message do you have for us today? We appreciate your support for the live music industry and for everything you do for emerging artists. Creativity feeds the soul!