The Aussie songstress talks about her evolution from folk ahead of her live northern dates this week. She plays Manchester Soup Kitchen, 23 Feb and Leeds Headrow House, 28 Feb.
What informs your music and songwriting?
My friends and family and the ever evolving relationships I have with them. Also the things I witness on public transport.
How have you evolved as an artist over the years?
I started out pretty straight up folky, talking about mountains and rivers and all things folky with an acoustic guitar and no backing band. Now I have a four piece band and I play an electric guitar and I sing about things that I actually have experience in and that I care about.
What are you up to at the moment artistically?
I am currently on tour in Europe doing my album headline shows. Playing the record and trying out a few new ones in the set. Finally gotten over post-debut record writers block.
What’s it like to operate in the music industry today?
Well, I’m pretty new to it so I don’t have much to compare it to. For me it’s a lot of time away and a bit of stress that I’m not generating enough content for this fast-paced world! But also it’s a pretty exciting time because everything is changing and no one really knows what’s going on. Leaves a lot of room for trying new things and moving away from tried and true ways of releasing music.
What’s on your rider?
Beer, whisky, red wine (no one drinks that), hummus and vegetables. Nothing very exciting.
Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.
I once lost my wallet on a train when I was in high school. Then seven years later I got an email to say that someone had found my wallet lodged between the seats on my old train route. Still had $100 in it. Great day.
What’s your worst lyric?
Same airport, different man, I’m starting to think I don’t know quite who I am.