Hitting us with a glistening shoegaze dream, Brisbane singer-songwriter Hatchie, drops her debut track 'Try' and your next afternoon soundtrack.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I wanted to be a singer when I was younger but I never really thought I was capable of being an artist or performer. I've always written really pop sounding songs but I didn't want to be a straight up 'pop' singer, so didn't do anything with them until a few years ago.
After I wrote Try in 2015 I started experimenting with pairing sugary sweet pop melodies with darker instruments and production. I've always been really into stacking up backing vocals and harmonies, which you'll be able to hear in pretty much every song I release.
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Conceptually, I look up to artists like Siouxsie Sioux, Kate Bush and Wolf Alice. I'm really interested in artists who question what it means to be a female in a male dominated genre - which most genres other than pop are.
My music doesn't sound like theirs and I'm yet to push any of those boundaries, but I definitely get inspiration from them as people. They helped me realise you don't have to sing, dance, dress, or act in any particular way.
Lyrically, most of my songs stem from a personal experience like a friendship or relationship.
What can punters expect from a Hatchie live show?
Hopefully a great time!! I'm lucky enough to have a bunch of really talented friends joining me on stage, so I'm really excited for everyone to see what we've been working on.
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
If I narrowed it down to music related advice, it'd probably be 'Less is more' from pretty much every producer… I have a tendency to layer heaps of tracks to get the most swirly, shimmery sounds possible but I'm learning to pull back and play around with silence and empty space.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
The Harpoons - Ready For Your Love
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Airling - Bloodshot Blue
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Northeast Party House - Your House
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I saw DD Dumbo at The Triffid over the weekend and it was AMAZING of course. I was blown away by each members' ability to swap between a bunch of instruments throughout each song.
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
I'm inspired by people who are passionate about supporting music and arts in Brisbane, particularly when funding for small businesses and projects isn't so easy to secure. Shannon at Jet Black Cat Music and Vlada at Junky Comics are two great examples. I often shy away from writing about personal experiences, so artists who share difficult and intimate stories in their songs like Cub Sport and Major Leagues inspire me as a musician.
What are your plans for 2017?
I'll be releasing another single, an EP and playing a bunch of shows!