Southey Interview

by the partae

Where are you currently based?
I’m currently based on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia.

How did you first start playing music?
I first started learning the trumpet in Year 3 when I was in primary school.

What’s been happening recently?

I’ve recently opened a new music studio ‘The Rooftop Studio’ in Manly, AU and am recording new music there as well as filming some live acoustic sessions of other artists!

Your latest single ‘Someday’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?
When I write and produce music, I often work backwards from the result I’m trying to achieve. In this case, I imagined the song was going to be the soundtrack of me driving out of Sydney to live somewhere more remote. Away from the hustle of city life, to slow down somewhere closer to nature.

Where and when did you record/produce/master and who did you work with?
I recorded & produced the song myself in my home studio, recording all the instruments myself, and had the track mastered by Nick Franklin.
How did you approach the recording process?

I actually first began recording this song on a Twitch Livestream where I would doodle new song ideas live for viewers. I’ve always liked layering my vocals and it’s become a bit of a staple to my original sound. The recording process was quite gradual and I slowly added to the composition over about 6 months.

What does this single mean to you?
To me, ‘Someday’ is a fantasy I have from time to time, about owning a home. Having that security and stability and a simpler life. Having less but living more.
I think most of my generation can relate to the feeling of uncertainty when looking at their future, I hope people can relate to the lyrics and find their own meaning too.

Any upcoming shows?
Yes, I’m super excited to be performing at Icebreaker Festival next month with an incredible line-up. I’m also looking into having my own show before the end of the year, stay tuned!

Who are you listening to at the moment?
At the moment I’ve been listening to a lot of Gregory Alan Isakov and Finneas!

What’s planned for the remainder of 2023?
It’s going to be busy, recording more new music, shows, and working at the new studio with some other artists shooting more live sessions! I can’t wait.

Favourite food and place to hangout?
Right now my favourite place to hangout is the Rooftop Studio with my friends and other Sydney based musos. Favourite food right now is Birria Tacos, I’ve been travelling Sydney in search of the best ones.

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