What is your name and role within the band?
Molly: I’m Molly (1/3 of The Buckleys), I play mandolin, vocals, keyboard and percussion.
Sarah: I’m lead vocals, bass, guitar and sometimes piano
Lachlan: on the lead guitar!
Where are you currently based?
Lachlan: We are based in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, Australia (Byron Bay). We are incredibly lucky to be in such a beautiful part of the world, surrounded by lush nature and beaches.
What’s been happening recently and how has your Covid experience been so far?
Sarah: We’ve been super busy lately gearing up for the launch of our debut album ‘Daydream’. It’s been a really interesting and different experience releasing new music during this time, but I think right now is when the world needs music and art the most, so we are going ahead full force and continuing to do what we do best – make music!
We’ve had so many amazing opportunities come up like our World Virtual Tour with Live Nation, which was an insane experience! Being able to connect with people all around the world and really utilizing social media is something our eyes have really been opened up to.
You’ve just released your debut album “Daydream” what influenced the sound and songwriting?
Sarah: I feel like this album is a combination of two things: it’s almost a subtle wink at all our influences and the things we love that have laid the foundations for us as artists and writers and 2; it’s us really diving out into new territory to try create something fresh and exciting that is truly who we are, as we define our own unique sound. As a songwriter, I’m constantly falling in love with new music and try to be inspired by everything around me. I love Carole King, Hall and Oates, Elton John, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and all those classics that have stood the test of time. My goal as a songwriter is I want to create something timeless and I try to keep in mind that amazing feeling I get when I listen to those incredible songs that have connected with so many people over every generation. I want to write songs that come from real life and real experiences that can translate and relate to everyone who hears them and connect with their own stories.
How did you go about writing the music?
Sarah: I love collaborating and I was so fortunate to be able to do quite a lot of it for this album. I wrote with some of my favourite songwriters in the world and some friends in Nashville who have been a big part of my journey as a songwriter. The idea of putting two people in a room together having lived two different lives, experiences, stories, perspectives and then writing a song together – if you happen to have the right chemistry it’s truly magical!
I also love writing on my own and that is a really important part of my process as well.
Where and when did you record/produce and who with?
Molly: We recorded our ‘Daydream’ album November last year with Chad Carlson, our amazingly talented producer, in Nashville! It was such an incredible experience recording our very first album in Nashville at the Sound Emporium Studios, where so many legends and artists we look up to have recorded in the past. I mean, Kenny Rogers recorded ‘The Gambler’ in the room that we recorded in. What?!
What programs/instruments did you use?
Lachlan: We tracked the album live in the studio with a full band including Bass, guitar, drums and keyboard. I was playing my 1993 Fender Mustang guitar that I bought off someone at the carpark of a McDonalds! Mandolin is also a big part of our sound, played by Molly. There’s some other instruments sprinkled throughout the record – one being a sitar, featured in ‘Woodstock69’!
What did you find most challenging and rewarding?
Sarah: I would say that just overall – recording our debut album – is generally the most challenging and most rewarding thing I’ve ever done in my life! I pushed myself harder then I ever have and truly poured every bit of myself and my creativity into this record. A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into it which is why it’s also the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done and been a part of! To see and hear these songs I’ve written come to life – I can’t tell you the feeling and happiness it gives my heart.
What’s planned for Daydream?
Sarah: Our performance concert ‘Daydream with The Buckleys, Live from Byron Bay’ is airing all around the world and we are so excited for people to watch it! We’ve worked so hard on this show with an amazing team and crew who have put so much effort into making it visually and sonically stunning. It’s going to be a real cinematic experience for people to watch and I can’t wait.
As a young band you have succeeded very well internationally, what do you attribute to this success?
Sarah: I think staying true to who we are has been a big part of it, as cliche as it sounds. There’s been a million times over my life and career ever since I first started playing guitar and writing songs, where people have tried telling me or us what we should be doing differently, or that we’re not ‘supposed’ to be doing something a certain way. I can honestly say that if we listened to a single one of them I would not be talking to you right now! There are no ‘rules’ and it’s really important to surround yourself with a team that believes in you and your vision and who trusts in your passion and art. We are so blessed to be in that position and to be releasing music we really love and that represents exactly who we are and what we want to say. For me, following my gut has never let me down.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Lachlan: Recently i’ve been listening to a band called “Khruangbin” who have an extremely unique and beautiful sound and I’ve also been digging Miley Cyrus’ songs “Slide away” and “Midnight sky” as well as the performances she’s been doing on IheartRadio and Jimmy Fallon. The cover she did of “Maneater” “Hall and Oats” is wicked! It was also so cool because that week she performed the Hall and Oates cover, we interviewed THE John Oates of Hall and Oates, who wrote ‘Maneater’ as a part of our ‘12 Days Of Daydream’ facebook and instagram series!
What do you like to do away from music?
Lachlan: when we’re not playing music i generally like to get out into nature, usually i’ll go for a surf or a hike/bush walk. Somehow it always has a way of clearing my head or inspiring me to make music.
What’s planned for the remainder of 2020 going into 2021?
Sarah: We’re going to be busy! We have lot’s planned and something we’re super excited about is our tour next February with the ‘Country Roadshow’! We’re playing alongside some fantastic acts, so make sure you get your tickets for that!
Favourite food and place to hangout?
Molly: Ooo this is dangerous territory. I mean you can never go wrong with a classic pad thai in my book and I dont mind where I am, it’s all about who I’m surrounded by.