How would you describe your music to the world?
Folk and alt-country roots music.
When did you realise your musical potential?
I think I was about 12 and was playing four different instruments and had picked them up reasonably quickly. I think my music teacher probably noticed before I did, but I reckon I was about 12-13 years old. It was as easy as breathing. Easier than anything else I could do. Completely natural.
Where do you hope to hear your music over the next 12 months?
Interesting question. I suppose some more AirPlay would be great. Internationally would be even better, but that's dependent on my will to push it and then follow up and through. I'm currently feeling ready for a little break to re-calibrate and spend my music self with a new act called "the long johns".
rom where do you draw your inspiration to keep creating music?
Of course other music/musicians and writers that resonate with me. This, and trying to make something positive from some fairly negative or defeating emotions, the need to convey any wisdom or positive messages I've philosophically discovered about life and the want to pass them on so they too might inspire hope amongst the masses or broken spirited.
Any plans to tour? Release new music?
Hell yes. Touring is a ticket and vehicle to seeing new places ultimately.
When did you take your first big step into music?
Just before my son was born. It was probably the worst time to really decide that music was what I wanted to do. If I knew anything about the industry and the expenses involved in making high standard audibly intelligent music, I'd have ditched it long ago. Blind faith is a wonderful thing. I was 20.
What’s your dream act to support?
Shovels and Rope or maybe The Waifs or perhaps even Ruby Boots. I like the idea of supporting anyone who I think I could travel with.
How does your role in music contribute to your bigger picture?
Music is medicine. It is therapy and is the vessel of communication when I can't quite get it together to communicate. It's meditation. It's love. It's emptiness and contentment inside the moment. It's also pretty self absorbed (the creative part) and I am a creative/selfish being. I literally exhale ideas and the most difficult part is organising them into actually being. So without attracting the crew I currently have surrounding me, it probably wouldn't flow the way it currently is. When it stops flowing or a resistance arises, I know it's time to reflect and check in with it all. Te-configure or take a break. It's something I will do always. Regardless of circumstance so it may as well be a career direction as well and financially sustain itself somewhat.
Which single moment would you look back on now that makes you proud?
The choice to remove alcohol from my creative journey and life (for myself personally, I don't judge others).
What does it mean to you to be representing Australian music?
I've never really considered it like this, I've always just been wrapped up in my art I guess. I suppose once the industry backs me more as representing Aussie music, I'll view it more that way. Currently I'm representing single females and role modelling that with will, integrity and determination - you can make whatever you want happen and you'll attract the folk who want to help you do it because they believe it as well.
What’s one lesson you’ve learnt that you’d like to share with other aspiring musicians?
When you're intoxicated it can seem like the best idea at the time, it can feel really real. In fact, for you it was real perhaps but it's important to understand with substances, that these feelings are all induced and are only real inside you and not always representing reality. It's good to keep this in check. There is nothing hot or cool about being messy. Or being a star fucker either. Also- at times You may think you're hot shit, and you may just be hot shit at that time but the music industry is fickle and highly disposable so don't be a dick because you never know when that person you gave attitude to - could be really helpful ahead. The industry is like any- It's business ultimately, and a money and politics game of who knows who paying who for that thing durka durka. No one really cares about how you feel, well very few, but if push comes to shove- your feelings are far less important than covering expenses. Avoid mixing sex and business OR at least learn from it, after all it's the music industry, there is going to be sex and drugs and money stuff- but like anything in life, it's not always going to end well but there are always some really valuable lessons in it. Especially Make effort to be humble, dignified and authentic always. Don't stand for time wasters and it's okay to call people who are taking the piss but remain humble in communications. Keeping it real can go a long way in the bigger picture. BE KIND to your sound engineers and they will help you.