Interview with Missy Lancaster

Australian country music starlet, Missy Lancaster is set to release her latest single, Forget on August 25th 2017. Last year, I had the opportunity to interview her about her then-recent signing with Sony Music. Catch up on some of the best bits with this little flashback.

After doing the hard yards as an independent artist, Australian country music singer Missy Lancaster has recently been signed to Sony Music. On the eve of re-releasing her second EP, Missy, she spoke about the recording process, her love of country music and being Keith Urban’s biggest fan.

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Missy Lancaster’s new single, “Forget” is out August 25th 2017.  [Image via Artist’s Facebook page]

 

 

Congratulations on the upcoming release of your second EP, Missy. It was originally released earlier this year independently but now that you’re signed to Sony, it will be re-released tomorrow (8th July 2016). Are you nervous about that?

 Yeah. I suppose it’s just being put up on a much bigger platform, but it’s great, you know, that something I did independent[ly] is good enough to be released through Sony.

 

How does it compare to your previous release, ‘Til I Figure It Out’?

I think this EP just really suits my personality. It just sums me up really well. It really shows where I’m at in my life. I suppose [with] my first EP, I didn’t really know where I was at, what kind of music I wanted to make whereas this EP, I knew the style of music I wanted to make. I had a really clear direction of what I really wanted my songs to be about.

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Paul M. M. Cooper – River of Ink (Literature Review)

British journalist, editor and archivist Paul M. M. Cooper bewitches readers with his debut novel River of Ink – a foray into the depths of medieval Sri Lanka.

As court poet, Asanka has something of a privileged life. Spending most of his days in the luxury of the apartments afforded to him by the king – to whom he has dedicated his life – he teaches his mistress, a servant by the name of Sarasi, the secrets of language while assisting his master the best he can. Continue reading

Kylie Ryan – Got Me In (Single Review)

Sydney-based country musician Kylie Ryan announces her arrival with the recent release of her debut single, Got Me In.

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Click here to buy your copy of “Got Me In” on iTunes. [Image via Artist’s Facebook]

Kylie Ryan isn’t really your stereotypical country artist. Trading dreams of making it big in the music business for family life, it’s only recently that Ryan has been able to focus on kickstarting her music career. Having graduated from WSI Entertainment (Western Sydney TAFE) with qualifications in music theory, Ryan is ready to take the next step on her road to success.

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In Conversation with The Bedroom Philosopher

 

In 2014, I caught up with Justin Heazlewood (AKA The Bedroom Philosopher) following a  performance at Queensland Poetry Festival. In August 2017, he will return to the line-up with his highly-praised “Cat Show”. As such, I thought now would be a great time to share some of the best bits from one of my favourite interviews.

Justin Heazlewood (Image Provided)

Do you still get nervous when you perform live? How do you conquer those fears?

Yes. It used to be more of a loose shock, like weeing on an electric fence – these days it’s more of a focused buzz – like eating good Indian. The key to success is cutting down the amount of ‘nerves’ time before a show. In the early days it’s anywhere up to a month. These days it’s perhaps the morning of the gig. Yoga helps. Meditation helps. Arrogance helps.

If you weren’t a performer, what would you be doing?

Being mentally ill, probably wandering the streets. I would make a good social worker/ guru touring schools and helping kids with issues about self-esteem. This is something I am trying to do more of.

I’m fusing my Bedroom Philosopher skills into a presentation that can fire up school kids and remind them that everyone is messed up and lonely and that it will probably all be okay. That said, I can’t cure cyber bullying – that’s one complex dude.

 

Who inspires you, both professionally and personally?

I am inspired by artists who have ignored commercial trajectories and just made the work they wanted to make. I recently interviewed over 100 artists for my book Funemployed.

In particular, I was taken with Tony Martin and John Clarke’s attitudes. They don’t have agents, they just keep firing up and making their own work and relying on their personal networks and collaborations. It was a very similar ethos to the one I’ve had – and I’m at a stage in my mid-career where I really need to hear from older artists who are still doing it – because in some ways the world is screaming at you to give up and go away and have kids and disappear.

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Kesha – Praying (Single Review)

“It’s from our darkest moments that we gain the most strength.” – Kesha in her personal essay for Lenny Letter.

Pop superstar Kesha is reborn with her power-ballad, Praying, the first from her long-awaited third album, Rainbow.

 

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Get your copy of Praying on iTunes. Kesha’s upcoming album, Rainbow will be released on August 11th 2017 through Sony Music/Kembosabe Records and is available for pre-order. [Image via Artist’s Facebook.]

I’ve never really been a fan of Kesha, who first came to prominence with her debut single TiK ToK in 2009. While her debut album, Animal (and the follow up record, Warrior) garnered her millions of fans worldwide and accolades that most musicians only dream of, I couldn’t help but be put off by the “poppiness” of her material, that commercial vibe that, to me, sounded a little too manufactured.

But Praying, written in the aftermath of a hellish five years which prevented the pop singer from releasing any new music, is something else entirely.

There’s a richness and vulnerability to Praying that has been missing from her previous songs. A piano ballad, Kesha explores her unique vocal range in a way that, in my opinion, has been previously left untapped. The husky edge to her tone, and the skill with which she has arranged this heartfelt composition shows true talent. Aussie folk band, All Our Exes Live in Texas lend the song a slight gospel feel, and the combination of these two artists is almost perfect.

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Aussie songstresses All Our Exes Live In Texas’ vocals feature on this song. (c) Cybele Malinowski

Lyrically, Kesha allows the song to speak for her, fighting against those who tried to drag her down. While it is heartbreaking in some points, there’s also a sense of empowerment that cannot be ignored.

Kesha will probably entirely lose that pop vibe that has earned her such success, but Praying signifies a turning point in her career, a strength and awareness that can only mean that the best is yet to come.

 

[Editor/Author Note: Don’t forget to check out my review of All Our Exes Live in Texas’ debut album, When We Fall. You can also read more about their involvement with Praying here, and the video clip for the song is on YouTube.]