Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
I’m based in Brisbane. I think it’s a great scene! There are so many fun mini and bigger festivals (like Bigsound and Valley Fiesta to name a few) to be part of and there’s a really healthy emerging artist scene in the folk/acoustic/singer songwriter realm.
How did you first start playing music and especially the Ukulele?
I started very young as my father was a jazz musician and was taught classical violin since I was 7. I found the Ukulele when I was bored at a music store and just fell in love with it’s diversity and simplicity (simple being the fact you can play so many chords with 1 or 2 fingers, diverse being the size and type of Ukuleles available)
What’s been happening recently?
I just released my new single, and have been developing my new sound as a solo artist. I’ve been incorporating live looping as well as a blend of different Ukulele sounds.
Your new single ‘Clean Slate is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting for this track?
I first wrote the song as part of an online community called “I Heart Songwriting Club”, where the theme was clean slate and renewal. At the time I’d just left a relationship, and a job, and moved house… so it was very appropriate and the words just fell right out of me within an hour. As far as sound influence; I’ve been enjoying artists like Billy Eilish and Vera Blue. I love the diversity and simplicity in their music (same as Ukuleles…) I wanted to blend acoustic with electronic sounds like sampled drums etc.
How did you go about writing Clean Slate?
I plugged my Baritone Ukulele into my new amp, wacked on a whole lot of reverb to set the mood… and sang into the microphone with my phone on record. I think the song wrote through me… it felt like a higher power or something.
What is the Meaning behind Clean Slate?
Rebirth. Restarting when it seems too late. The truth is… it’s never to late to begin again. I had to face a lot of truths at the time of writing, and it was my way of detoxing.
Please tell us about the creative process involved with Clean Slate?
I would say it was a smooth process… it was a matter of being mindful and non judgemental and letting whatever words and chords come through me without second guessing them or trying to control them too much.
Where and when did you record?
I recorded the song earlier this year in April at my friend Shaun O’Brien’s apartment. He’s an amazing producer (check him out).
What programs/instruments were used?
We used Logic, my Baritone Ukulele, a bit of electric guitar, LOADS of layered vocals and plug ins to create a fun poppy sound.
Who did you work with during the creation, recording and production?
When I was first writing it.. it was a solo project but I enjoyed getting a 2nd opinion with Shaun regarding production and recording.
What did you learn through the process of creating Clean Slate?
I learnt the beauty of creating something with full acceptance of whatever came out at the end of the tunnel.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Aurora, Billy Eilish, Kim Churchill and a mixture of artists from the 60s, 90s and 00’s
What do you like to do away from music?
I love to spend time in nature, and have recently got into tap dancing!
Tell us more about your passion playing Ukulele:
Ukulele is like a lifeline to me. It brings me so much joy and you can really find a way to play anything on Ukulele. I’ve played everything from ACDC to Chopsticks… it’s potential is unlimited!
How did you first begin to teach Ukulele and what do you most enjoy about teaching?
I first began as a side income to continue working in music… but it quickly grew into an obsession. The most rewarding thing is gifting people the chance to play something they never thought they could (particularly adults who might have missed the chance to play music as a child), and seeing the ripple effect of joy. Just today I had a student sing beautifully (for the first time in front of someone) and play the Ukulele after telling me she never believed she’d be able to create music for herself. She had spent so much time helping her son learn an instrument that she had no time for herself. She is now one of my best students and absolutely lights up when she plays..it’s magic.
Please tell us about the Ukulele workshops that you run:
I run workshops for all different kinds of groups and ages. I have worked with sporting teams, children, aromatherapy and adult ukulele classes. I’m always on the lookout for new collaborations with Ukulele and Mindfulness, and now also run a group community class once a week for all levels.
You’re also making Ebooks, please tell us how this came about, what’s involved and what is within the Ebooks:
I make Ebooks to help people learn the Ukulele (my side project is called Elmukulele..Google it..) I make ebooks on everything from chord charts to fingerpicking. I enjoy creating things for people that might not have musical backgrounds to understand and get started on the Ukulele when I can’t physically teach them. I also do Youtube Tutorials.
What’s planned for the remainder of 2019 going into 2020?
I have a music video coming out soon for Clean Slate which I’m excited to share (there’s some beautiful animations involved). I’m also looking forward to more live shows and recording as I’m writing a new song a week and can’t wait to get back into the studio.
Any secrets that you care to share?
In January I went on a tangent and half booked a trip to work at a Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica…. but once I wrote Clean Slate I decided to spend the money on the single instead… I think it was a good decision (you be the judge?)
Favourite food and place to hangout?
Food; Stir Fry, Place: The Botanical Gardens