theaussieword.com catches up with Phia for a special interview.

Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music?13925986_1137311526315572_6954202702948295557_o I don’t remember when I was ever not interested in music. I grew up in a musical family, dad played guitar and mum played the flute and sung. I took piano lessons, sang harmonies in the car with mum and my sister, was in choirs and later in high school got interested in jazz music. I did some composition in my improvisation degree and then started writing songs comparitely late, when I was about 20.

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music? I love that feeling when you hear a great song, or go to a great gig, when you walk away glowing and thinking I want to do that. When hearing a songwriter fills you with that impulse to create, or get up on stage. I hope I can inspire that in other people.

What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist? In the last couple of years my goals have become smaller, but not less important. I hope my album reaches an audience who are moved by it, I hope to continue to be a part of and contribute to a thriving local artistic community, and I hope my career can keep growing so it can continute to sustain itself. Being a musician can be really expensive!

Success, what is the secret to it? I think what I touched on in the previous question. Success is so nebulous, and as soon as you’ve achieved a particular goal it can disappear like a mirage as you focus on the next rung of the ladder. For me now success hinges on feeling like I’m part of a healthy ecosystem – putting energy into creative pursuits that are fulfilling (releasing music, putting on gigs) and hopefully inspiring other people to do the same. Continue reading SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Phia