What is the best thing about making music?
Being able to tell my story. When I write or perform my own songs, they have been inspired by what I am going through, people in my life or past experiences. It’s amazing to bring your vision to life and see your concept flourish into an entity within itself.
What is the hardest thing about making music?
When you can’t find the words to explain your vision. When collaborating with writers on this album, this became a challenge in the beginning stages with certain songs. Bringing out what is right for the song is also hard because sometimes you don’t know what exactly is best but giving it time definitely helps.
How important are public performance royalties to you and in keeping the NZ music world ticking?
Very important! For many artists, this is the biggest source of income from their music. Being an artist is one of the most underpaid jobs and not many people actually know how much work it takes to perform with the countless hours to prepare.
From strumming / humming / creating the first notes of a song through to a completed mastered recording, on average how long does it take you to write and record a song?
That is a hard question to answer as some songs come more naturally than others. The amount of time also depends on if it is an acoustic song or an electronic pop track. On average from start to finish for a song would be a month for my electronic pop music.
All costs considered, on average how much does it cost you to write and record a song?
This is such a tough question because it depends on what song, style, how it was initially written, and how many people were involved. With the help of a writer, producer, studio hire and mixing/mastering it would be about $2,000.
Over and above money you make from music (public performance royalties, live performance, licensing and CD / digital sales), do you have to supplement the cost of writing and recording music with money you make from other sources?
Yes definitely but for me it’s a passionate career choice so I am willing to invest in myself to succeed.
Why do you do what you do – why do you make music?
Writing and performing original music is like sharing my diary. It’s the only time I actually am able to express 100% of myself. I love what I do and love to move an audience. If the listeners are taken away from their own world for however long they listen, then my job is done.
What is the most helpful songwriting tip you’ve learnt?
Have a strong vision (and your vision can change or grow) and live with your song.
What are three artists / bands you are excited about at the moment?
Troye Sivan, Tove Lo and Marina and the Diamonds.
What are you working on at the moment / tell us about your latest release / project?
My debut album; “Take me with you” was released globally via iTunes in June this year. This has been such a massive journey to be on from writing the very first song and idea to mastering. It feels as if I have been pregnant for 9 months and ready to deliver! I am currently writing new material for my next album.
Where can we access your music / links?
Through iTunes or my Facebook page