Tag: Interviews

Christie Lamb talks about her new album, Broken Lines

Broken Lines Christie Lamb.jpgSydney-based singer-songwriter Christie Lamb has been busy for most of this year, playing with Lee Kernaghan on his Backroad Nation tour. But she’s found time to write and record an outstanding new album, Broken Lines, her third.

The title song is serious in tone, but the album embraces a range of moods and experiences.

Lamb says the song was chosen to go first because it ‘was one of those songs that built in intensity and I thought, Let’s ease everyone in with something, but I still wanted an uptempo track to kick in and get everyone excited about the album. And this song has both those elements. It starts off nice and cruisey and then it kicks in by the chorus. And it’s also the song that kind of sums up the whole album – it’s about this journey that this girl is on. She’s following those broken lines. And I think if you’re looking through all the tracks on the album, there’s definitely a journey of heartbreak and love and loss of a loved one. And the party tracks … It definitely encompasses a whole journey.’

After the first listen it’s clear that the songs on the album form a cycle, with the first three songs quite reflective, giving the impression that Lamb – or the songs’ narrators – have gone through quite a bit in order to get to the place where they can be more upbeat. The fourth track is previous single ‘Hot Hot Kiss’, and its placement suggests that Lamb has gotten through the muck to get to the fun. Lamb agrees that the sense of a song cycle is there on purpose.

‘I’ve had this album eighteen months in the making and it’s finally out. And then I had my own revelations that I didn’t even realise that I did, with ‘Fix This Broken Heart’ being track six and it’s all about the heartbreak and trying to heal. And then I thought, Oh, track seven’s kind of the answer to that. How do you get over heartbreak? Oh, let’s just move on and not waste any more time. Just do it in five minutes. And I didn’t even realise that I did that. So it was interesting finding all these little quirks that I happened to do with the track listing. But yes, this album has definitely got that flow. It’s got that set-up of here’s a few things that I’ve gone through, but let’s not dwell on it and let’s have some fun.’

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The McClymonts have an acoustic end to the year

37841033_10155962005964751_5077388051022.jpgThe McClymonts are one of the most popular acts in Australian country music, and for longtime fans like me the reasons why are many, and consistent, but they can be distilled to this: they excel in the studio and on stage. This year they started their live appearances with an acoustic show at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, where they played the biggest room in town, the TRECC, and filled the space with their incredible harmonies. And hearing those harmonies was a powerful motivation for creating the show in the first place and now continuing in the same vein with their One Acoustic Night tour, with dates below:

15 November            Mulgrave, VIC                    Village Green Hotel

16 November            Wonthaggi, VIC                 Workmens Club

29 November            Dubbo, NSW                       Dubbo RSL Memorial Club

30 November            Wentworthville, NSW     Wenty Leagues Club

6 December               Young, NSW                       Young Services Club

7 December               Bargo, NSW                        Bargo Sports Club

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Interview: Chloe Styler

Chloe Styler Patient Heart 1500x1500Queensland singer-songwriter Chloe Styler has released two truly enchanting songs in the past year: the bewitching ‘When Your Light Burns’ and her new single, ‘Patient Heart’. Styler has been a musician from a very young age, and has been developing her skills as a performer and songwriter since her school days. I learnt more about her, and ‘Patient Heart’, when we spoke recently.

You saw your first live concert when you were five. Whose concert was it? And did it change what music you listened to?

It was a Lee Kernaghan concert. It definitely opened my eyes to the country music world. I know I was only five, so I’m probably assuming a lot of things here, but I do know that my parents played a lot of country music when I was young and a lot of Aussie country music, which is definitely different to American country music. And I’m so glad that they did bring me up on Australian country music. I think that really shaped the way that I then wrote my own songs and I started writing music at about thirteen. I found that what naturally came out was in the style of country.

Were there other concerts you went to as a child?

After that first one I had a bit of a hiatus from concerts, probably because my parents realised it was really bad for my ears. But then I went and saw The Veronicas and lots of pop acts. So I have been very open to all sorts of genres and of course I always see country acts whenever they are in town. I just love all sorts of music and I really enjoy going to live music to remind myself that there are many other ways I could write a song and not to constrain myself in certain ways that I do write music.

Are there favourite musical artists you had while you were growing up who are still favourites now?

Yes – Fleetwood Mac. I was brought up on my mum’s radio station when we would drive to school. It was the Gold Coast 92.5 Gold FM and it played hits and old school, or something like that. Lots of old classics, so Fleetwood Mac were a regular. And then Mum would play Fleetwood Mac on CDs. I actually only saw them a month ago now live in Brisbane and they’re still as amazing as they’ve ever been. I just adore them. They are definitely a huge inspiration of mine.

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Interview: Jess Moskaluke

500x500.jpgOne of the great things about the recent Country2Country festivals in Sydney and Brisbane was the opportunity to see artists who haven’t yet toured Australia, and that includes Canadian Jess Moskaluke, who wowed the audience from the very minute she started. Moskaluke is an outstanding performer who’s had what would once have been considered an unconventional path to a music career (were it not shared by her countrymen Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber). I had the chance to speak to Moskaluke when she was in Sydney.

What is the best thing about your job?

The best thing about my job is that I get to travel to beautiful places like Australia. No doubt. And also the people. I get to meet a lot of incredible people, whether they’re artists or fans or bloggers or whoever. I’m really fortunate to go a lot of places and meet a lot of people that I wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to.

And what’s been the most difficult thing about it – if there has been anything difficult?

I would actually say that part of it is the same thing, although it’s one of the best parts about my job. The travel is also one of the most difficult parts. I often leave my husband and my dogs at home and, and my friends and family behind, and I don’t have a lot of time. I also don’t have a lot of routine in my life due to that. So it’s certainly rewarding and I do enjoy it, but it certainly is a challenge.

I lived in Canada for a year, a while ago, in Vancouver, and I volunteered at CiTR radio station and worked on their magazine. So I had a lot to do with Canadian music. Australia is a big country geographically, but Canada is bigger. So I used to think about the logistics of bands from the Maritimes, trying to come to the west coast. People in the Prairies, where you grew up, trying to get around. So even if you’re touring just within Canada, that must be logistically difficult.

Yes, absolutely. And with the Maritimes, it’s just as hard for us to get over there. I’m very fortunate that I have fantastic support over in the Maritimes, but it’s really tricky to get over there, so we don’t get there as much as we would like to. It’s a massive country. So every time we do a radio tour just to get across the country to get to all the proper radio stations and things like that, it takes us weeks, and you can maybe only can hit a couple of cities a day.

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Interview: Adam Brand and the good life

image009.pngLast year Adam Brand celebrated twenty years in Australian country music with the release of his album Milestones; this year he has been relatively quiet – because his life has just changed, in a big and wonderful way. No mystery, then, that the first single from his upcoming album (due for release next year) is ‘Life’s Been Good to Me’. We talked about the song, the very good change in his life, and the reason why his album was recorded a year early.

 

Your new song is another cracker and you certainly have a knack for catchy tunes. Is that a skill you’ve honed, in identifying those sorts of tunes, or is it innate?

I have no idea [laughs].

But you keep doing it, Adam! You keep finding these great songs and writing these great songs.

Look, the fact that you’ve said that is very touching. Thank you very much. But you know, when you’re writing or even choosing – I don’t write all my own stuff these days, I listen to songs from other songwriters and things like that – I just want to sing stuff that gets me going, that gets me really excited or emotional. So I guess in some ways I’m representative of a normal music fan. If it gets me excited, then it’s possibly going to excite someone else.

And maybe also part of the skill of it is in not overthinking that – it’s actually trusting your response to the song and not sitting there wondering, Am I right about that?

Second-guessing and overthinking are probably an artist’s and songwriter’s worst enemy: ‘Have I done too many of those songs?’ or ‘Will people get it?’ ‘What will they think?’ And all that kind of stuff. I learned long ago that I’ve got to shut those voices out and just go with what my heart feels. Am I excited? Does it feel good? Then it doesn’t matter, you know. Because you aren’t going to please everyone. People aren’t always going to get it. And then there’s that thing called people’s personal taste! [Laughs] They’re just not going to like it, so don’t try. Just make sure that what you’re singing, you believe in it, you love it, you love doing it yourself, and then leave the rest in God’s hands.

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Interview: Andrew Farriss

Andrew-Farriss-Come-Midnight.jpgLet’s start this by stating the obvious: yes, Andrew Farriss’s name will be familiar to you, and that’s because he was not only a member of Australian band INXS but also its songwriter-in-chief. And that’s when he wasn’t writing songs for and with other artists, such as Jenny Morris and Tania Kernaghan. His output is such that he’s been inducted into the Australian Songwriter Hall of Fame, an accolade that joins his Producer of the Year ARIA for Shiver by Jenny Morris, not to mention the awards won by his aforementioned band.

Farriss’s name has not, in the past, been associated with country music. However, once you hear him talking about music of any kind, the progression is not a surprise. He is a passionate songwriter, musician and all-round musical craftsman, the sort of creator whose curiosity takes him to all sorts of places and whose abilities mean he can do something special when he arrives there. Country music is the place he’s in now.

Ahead of the release of his new album, Farriss has released a single, ‘Come Midnight’. We spoke recently about the history of the song, about taking a piano apart – and started with a subject that is close to his life and his heart.

 

I believe you live in the Tamworth, area, is that right?

My family and I have a property out in the northwest [of New South Wales]. I really like the region that we live in and we’re also experiencing a very serious drought along with many other people. Very serious.

And you’ve been associated with some drought relief concerts and fundraising.

Yes, that’s right. And, one of the ironies of me putting out my own solo album, doing what I’m doing, is the platform for me to be able to do it started really with the Haymaker concert in October of last year. That was televised nationally and was a great idea of everyone involved, to get together to do it – Glenn Wheatley and John Farnham, everyone that came on board to do that. And also with Jon Stevens and Daryl Braithwaite, the Davidson Brothers – they performed with me. That was really cool. That was sort of my introduction to the live performance of where I am now. I’d already been working on an album, but it was just are ironic to me, I thought – almost beyond ironic – that I’m going through this really severe drought and the drought relief was the thing that got me on stage. And I still think it’s really strange. I don’t know how to put it.

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Interview: Darlinghurst

image001-2.jpgDarlinghurst are a four-piece band who recently announced their arrival on the Australian country music scene – in great style – with the single ‘Sorry Won’t Get You Back’. The band is made up of singers Pagan Newman and Cassie Leopold, guitarist Matt Darvidis and songwriter Jason Resch. All four members sing, creating beautiful harmonies. All four also have extensive musical backgrounds, and I found out more about Pagan Newman’s when I spoke to her recently.

You’ve been a musician for a while. When did music first come into your life and what did you grow up listening to?

I started singing lessons when I was about eight years old. Growing up, I think my big main influences were Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, I was very much R’n’B, soul, pop influenced. I did countless amounts of tribute acts growing up and into my twenties. Then I met Cassie and we started playing together and we have over the last eight, nine, ten years. That’s when the country stuff started coming in because of the harmonies and the stories. We love harmonising together and I think a lot of those songs really stuck with us.

You mentioned tribute acts, and of course that’s different to playing covers because it’s a whole concept. Which sorts of tribute acts were they?

The first one was a Meatloaf tribute act, and I did all the female parts, obviously, which was slightly outrageous.

 

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