What is the best thing about making music?
I couldn’t whittle it down to one best thing as making music is a lifestyle for me, however, I do get very excited when a song idea is brewing inside me. I’ll pick up my guitar and strum a few chords and somehow, as if by magic, the song almost writes itself, bursting out of its embryonic state to form a verse and chorus and sometimes if I'm lucky, a bridge.
What is the hardest thing about making music?
Without wanting to discourage anyone from songwriting, there are aspects of making music that I find frustrating. Funny enough, it’s got nothing to do with making music per se, it’s the music industry that surrounds it. However, in any occupation you are going to be presented with obstacles and so far, I’ve found that the positives have outweighed the negatives.
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?
On average it can vary between one day and one month. The last two songs I wrote were written and recorded and mastered on the same day.
All costs considered, on average how much does it cost you to write and record a song?
Of late, my husband, who is also a musician, has been learning about home recording so fortunately it doesn’t cost me anything apart from the old back rub!
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?
Like most musicians I know in NZ, I found it very difficult to sustain a full-time music career and had to supplement my income through other means, of course they were all legitimate!
Why do you do what you do – why do you make music?
This is like asking me why I breathe.
What is the most helpful songwriting tip you’ve learnt?
Avoid rhyme for the sake of it otherwise you’ll end up with ghost and toast!
What are three artists / bands you are excited about at the moment?
Alvvays are an exciting band who I discovered recently having featured on the same playlist on Amazing Radio and Breakthru Radio. Kiwi band Eyreton Hall deserve to do well which is the songwriting collaboration of Andy Keegan and Toni Randle and I'm really enjoying Irish band Villagers.
What are you working on at the moment / tell us about your latest release / project?
My debut album, ‘Remember The Highs’ is going to be released on 15th May. It was written and recorded in NZ and produced by Ben King who also plays on all of the tracks, with Andy Keegan (Eyreton Hall) playing drums and Callum Galloway playing synth on track five. It’s been a year in the making of this record so it feels good to finally have a release date. A few of the tracks have already been picked up by BBC Introducing (BBC 6 Music) including the title track which will also feature on May’s New Tracks (NZOA).