Former band geek gone rogue
Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Lola Scott!
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
The more I worked with different producers I gradually learnt the lingo and started producing more myself. I think my sound developed as I grew more confident in voicing my opinions and knowing how to explain what I was hearing in my head. I also found friends that I love working with and who I feel really understand the direction that I want to take my music but also allowed me the freedom to explore different avenues within alternative/indie pop. I was always a guitarist/songwriter first so since I started this project I’ve always felt confident with writing harmony and lyrics, but learning how to produce sparked a whole new love for creating and collaboration. I love the feeling of going into the studio with nothing and coming out with something you never could have imagined before you started writing it or the idea that if you tried to recreate it you never could.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Guitar. I’ve been playing since I was 8. I’ve never been great at practicing set pieces because I always end up day dreaming whatever I’m practicing into a new song. Hearing different harmonies will set the mood of the lyrics straight away & then I’ll just write words until something makes sense to me & feels like it starts telling a story.
Also finding new artists I love and hearing things that my friends have made makes me want to pick up my guitar and write. I love sharing unreleased tracks with friends and hearing what they have been making so we can inspire each other with new ideas for production or talk about lyrics etc.
What can punters expect from a Lola Scott live show?
DRAMA. Lots of mood swings. Recently I’ve been bookending my set with my moody double A side ’the night i ran away and tried to sleep at the skatepark’. My upcoming EP ‘1/4 life crisis’ brings a bit more cheek and I’m sometimes joined by dancers. You can also expect some A+ banter (my mates laugh occasionally). My guitarist will give you the best stage jumps & my drummer shakes his floppy mop head.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
'People aren’t worrying about you being perfect on stage, they just want to get amongst you vibe! The more fun you can have, the more the crowd will be into it so just go for it and don’t worry if you f**k it up' - Bronte Public House.
Or if I’m ever stressing over something to do with music, my Mum will remind me ‘you chose this career because it’s fun, so remember to enjoy it otherwise what’s the point, you may as well get an office job’.
You didn’t ask for it but here’s my advice:
'You can learn something from every person you meet.'
I think this especially resonates in the music world. Every time I work with a different songwriter, producer or musician I learn a lot even if the collaboration doesn’t gel well I always learn something from the session.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Wake Up Call' by Mel Blue
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Paint You While You're Still' - Rees Lucia
(Pretty cruel to cheer up someone who was crying and then make them cry again, so careful which order you play those tracks baha)
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
'Don’t Need You' by Genesis Owusu or 'Naked' by Pleasure Coma depending on the time of night.
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Does my own show count? Just gotta tell you the supports were sick. Two of my best buds and collaborators Beso Palma and Jerome Blazé absolutely stole the show.
I also saw Abby Bella May play recently and jumped up for a song we wrote together. Her band sounded so tight that I started messaging my band saying we need to rehearse like right now. (lucky for me they are also v tight <3)
Tell us about the bands or people in the local music community that inspire you.
I’m surrounded by way too many talented friends who make music so here’s a playlist of some local shredders:View Profile Hide Interview