Bridget Allan

by the partae

What’s been happening since we last caught up?

Been in another stage 4 lockdown, which I didn’t think would happen again, oh well! I’ve also been writing heaps of music and rewatching Breaking Bad.

Your new single ‘Lifeline’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?

The guitar playing is definitely inspired by the sassy techniques of Nai Palm, and the meandering/wailing vocals are inspired by Jeff Buckley and Florence Welch, as always.

How did you go about writing Lifeline?

I can’t even really remember, it was late at night I sitting in bed with my guitar. And then I posted a snippet of the song to Tiktok that night and I listened back the next day and was like “hey, that’s not half bad.”

Where and when did you record/produce/mix and who with?

I recorded with Chris Zeng at Fresh Entertainment studios, and it was mixed by Calvin Lauber, most known for his work with Julien Baker (who I am a huge fan of). I love all the magic work Calvin does for the songs of mine he mixes, always comes out better than I could’ve ever imagined.

How did you end up choosing this studio to record?

Fresh Entertainment was very gracious in offering us this studio time as a part of their ‘Mixtape’ of local Mornington Peninsula/Frankston Council artists. You should definitely check that out!

How did you approach the recording process?

I went in with my partner/bassist Marlon Cini and we recorded with Chris Zeng who was new to the Fresh program, we all worked together so well and it was a tiring but super fun day. That was also the day I recorded my Mojo Pin (by Jeff Buckley) cover which is out aswell.

What instruments did you use?

We used this super moody “Coral Reef” synth and electronic drum sounds that I found mucking around the days before, and also I play my Gretch hollow-body guitar and Marlon used his Fender precision bass.

What does this single mean to you?

It’s quite a personal one about mental health struggles, but also the light at the end of the tunnel. And also realising human connection is how I get myself out of dark patches.

Who are you listening to at the moment?

I am ADORING Hiatus Kaiyote’s new album ‘Mood Vailant’, I am obsessed with every song, especially ‘Chivalry is Not Dead’.

What’s planned for the rest of 2021 going into 2022?

Working on my Bachelor of Music, and working on a new EP.

What did you want to be as an adult when you were a child?

A “famous singer” of course!

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