Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
I’m in Melbourne, and the scene is pretty huge! There are a million bands and loads of places to play. It’s great meeting other musos and checking out all the venues. It would take a lifetime to play at all of them.
How did you first start playing music?
Both my parents played guitar and sang, and my mum performed professionally. I was always into writing songs, which I started doing when I was about 14. I learned classical singing, as well as clarinet, piano, guitar and bass guitar over the years. I love singing more than anything, and writing songs and performing are my main passions.
What’s been happening recently?
There are 3 big things happening at the moment. 1. Stories EP which is a collaboration between myself and Perth producer Craig Cumming. 2. Misha Bear Band, my 5 piece band which are playing gigs all around town as well as recording. 3. Full length album currently being recorded by Melbourne producer David Herzog, which should be out in January.
Your new EP ‘Stories’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting for Stories?
Craig and I wrote most of the songs together, with him on the computer and me writing lyrics and singing vocal melodies. Stylistically we were drawing inspiration from the sound of the 80s and early 90s, such as a lot of the early Eurythmics, Culture Club and the Human League.
How did you go about writing stories?
The whole album was written, produced and mixed in Ableton, in Perth. For the most part, Craig gave me the backing track and then I came up with lyrics and the tunes. Crash and Burn was a song I had already written and that Misha Bear Band often plays, and Project 1 was completely written by Craig. All the others we wrote together.
Where did you record/produce stories and who with?
I lived over in Perth, Western Australia for 9 years, and for a few years Craig and I were in a band and worked together on our previous releases, Ladybug and Mouche. The songs for the Stories EP were coming along (as an electronic side project to the band), however 2 years ago I moved home to Melbourne. In order to complete the project we worked long-distance, with me recording all my vocals here with David Herzog. Craig was actually visiting Melbourne during the week we launched and was able to come to one of the gigs where my band were playing the songs for the first time, which was pretty cool.
What did you find most challenging and rewarding during the creation of Stories?
Because we have been working on the music since 2015, it has been a long time in the making. This has been both a challenge in that it required a lot of patience, but also a rewarding aspect since we have had a lot of time to refine and work on the sound we were after. Being able to toil away bit by bit on tracks and add to them and tweak them over time really appealed to Craig, which was one of the reasons he decided to focus more on using programmed drums and synths. The songs have really evolved and progressed over both time and distance, since now we live on opposite sides of the country.
What do you have planned for stories?
The Stories EP is out now on all digital platforms, and can also be purchased via Bandcamp. We are selling Download cards at gigs, rather than CDs, as these seem a bit more practical for this day and age.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
I recently went thru a big LP phase (an amazing singer from New York), but now I’m loving Sahara Beck (QLD). I can’t get enough of female singers – Sia is my all time fave. I have a guilty pleasure for 80s female power ballads. This is pretty embarrassing but my car CD player is so old that all my CDs wont’ work anymore, except for one – Music Box by Mariah Carey. Luckily I can listen to something on repeat and not get sick of it, and it’s good music to practice my singing to. For something different I listen to Flume or Childish Gambino. Anything really, depending on the mood – except heavy metal.
What do you like to do away from music?
I love catching up with family and friends, and hanging out at the beach, going for walks and runs, etc. I like yoga and pilates too. Perth is a really warm and outdoorsy city with beautiful beaches. In Melbourne you tend to go out to eat and drink a lot more often, which is also fine by me.
What’s planned for the remainder of 2019 going into 2020?
My 5 piece band Misha Bear Band recently recorded 5 tracks in the studio, which are currently being mixed and will be released pretty soon. We do covers as well as originals, and are playing gigs around the city, suburbs and regional areas. I am also wrapping up recording a 10-12 track album with Melbourne producer David Herzog. This will once again bring me away from the traditional band sound and back to electronic pop, only this time it’s more modern and not so 80s. And once these 3 albums are out (including Stories) I will get back into my song writing and see what’s next musically for me. It feels so great to actually be making good progress with recording and releasing music, as there is nothing more frustrating than not having an outlet for all my song-writing.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
I would have to say going out for Mexican in Chapel St, especially for brunch. I love scrambled egg wraps, burgers and anything spicy. St Kilda beach is one of my favourite places to hang out, and now we are just hanging for summer!