Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
I’m based in Harcourt, near Castlemaine, Central Victoria. The music scene in and around Castlemaine includes events at the Theatre Royal (national and international performances), live local music in a variety of pubs, events at local wineries and harvest festivals, plus the Castlemaine State Festival, Castlemaine Jazz Festival, Maldon Folk Festival and Newstead Live.
How did you first start playing music & singing?
My mum gave me a keyboard at age three and she was my first piano teacher. I always loved singing along to my favourite songs and performing them or making up my own tunes and putting on a show during the day and every night before bed.
Your debut single ‘See You Again’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting for this track?
The main influence for the track was an R&B style Ariana Grande track produced by Tommy Brown but also adding in references to 90’s New York R&B and gospel. The inspiration behind the lyrics was about my experience of briefly meeting someone and remembering those instant feelings of excitement and curiosity. The line ‘jealous of the night we had’ was created because I kept thinking back and missed being there.
How did you go about writing ‘See You Again’?
I wrote See You Again in early 2017 when I was 18 years old. I started by playing warm R&B sounding chords on my keyboard at home. I knew I wanted this to be a song that builds into an upbeat song that you can dance to. I then I went to a place of inspiration in myself and started writing the lyrics.
Where and when did you produce/record?
‘See You Again’ was produced and recorded at Next Level Studios, Brunswick, in October 2017.
Who did you work with during the production and recording process?
I worked with Jerome Farah who produced and recorded ‘See You Again’ and Aman Bayatly who mixed and mastered the track.
How did you approach the production and recording process?
I had written the song and wanted to get it produced so I spoke with friend Dion Brownfield, who introduced me to Jerome Farah and said I could use his studios at Next Level Studios in Brunswick. I sent Jerome a rough recording I’d done of just keys and vocals before we met in the studio. Jerome loved the song I’d written and understood the 90’s New York R&B direction I wanted to take it musically. I gave him a few reference tracks. Jerome connected with them and instantly knew we were going to make this a big sounding song. We began by getting my keyboard parts down and adding percussion and drums. I recorded the vocals which we layered to create a gospel choir sound. We spent 10 hours in the studio, then Jerome continued to build on the production after our session.
What are you plans for ‘See You Again’?
‘See You Again’ is my debut as a singer-songwriter to a wider audience, to establish me as one of Australia’s freshest new voices in R&B. I hope it will be become a popular tune and be on radio rotation and get picked up by publishers and noticed by a record label.
You also have a film clip for ‘See You Again’ where and when did filming takes place?
We filmed the music video in Castlemaine at the Maurocco Bar/Midland Hotel and Castlemaine Railway Station in November 2018.
How did the concept for the film clip come about?
I had the location in mind, the exotic ambience of the art deco interior in the Maurocco Bar/Midland Hotel. The location was great because it provided a bar as well as a bedroom, staircase and large lounge areas with interesting details throughout. I chose the pink tones of my clothes to fit in with the décor and furnishings. I had the idea of keeping me on my own in the music video because in the song I am on my own. I’m sharing my memories with the audience, as if they are with me. As this is my debut single I wanted to make strong eye contact with the camera and audience to capture their full attention.
Who did you work with during the filming and production process?
I worked with my mum Katherine Seppings on the pre-production and we directed it together. She was able to help me with her experience as a photographer and having worked on music videos in London in the 80’s and 90’s. I worked with Aidan Fryer who filmed and edited the music video.
What did you find most challenging and rewarding during the creation of the film clip?
In the beginning it was challenging getting my ideas onto paper and making an actual plan for shooting and choosing the scenes. During the filming I really enjoyed performing to the camera. It was rewarding seeing my vision come to life especially once the edit was done. It is exactly what I wanted.
What do you like to do away from music?
Away from music I’m still listening to music and watching music videos. I love cooking and baking, interior design, decorating and painting, playing with fashion ideas, shooting film and taking photographs and spending time with my dog and loved ones.
Who are you listening at the moment?
I’m listening to Mac Ayres, Ariana Grande and H.E.R.
What do you have planned for 2019?
To bring out my debut EP followed by an east coast tour.
When and where are you playing next?
I’m playing next at the Taproom, Castlemaine, for the launch of my debut single ‘See You Again’ on Saturday 11 May, The Palais in Hepburn Springs supporting Sol Nation (World Music Party) on Saturday 18 May, and at The Golden Vine, Bendigo, on Friday 24 May, which concludes my single tour.
Any secrets that you care to share?
I’ve been vegan for three years.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
My favourite meal is Jambalaya. My favourite place to hangout is at home in Harcourt.