Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, smol fish!
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I like to sum up our music as being cute, fun and upbeat! Our sound is heavily influenced by artists such as Stella Donnelly, Faye Webster and Frankie Cosmos, all who I admire for being incredibly honest story tellers. With smol fish starting as a solo project, melody and storytelling were always the most important aspects for me. This has led to our songs having a strong melodic focus, accompanied by cute counter melodies and vocal harmonies. I am excited to see how our sound will continue to develop as we grow older and wiser!
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Everyday life! From the mundane to the exciting to the heart-breaking. I also feel particularly inspired and energised after watching a great live show or listening to a really touching recording. Even learning a new chord or musical concept can inspire me to write something new, but most of the time when I get an idea or the energy to write a new tune it’s totally random!
What can punters expect from a smol fish live show?
Glockenspiel solos, silly jokes (including some wonderful fish puns), and a whole room of people yelling about crying all the time
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
The best advice I have been given is probably just to get out of my own head! Remembering that I am not the only one who gets nervous and I’m not solely responsible when interactions go badly helps whenever I feel socially anxious.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'CRY' by Julia Jacklin to remind them that crying and having emotions is human and that people understand and will be there for them.
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'It’s still the same time of day' by Nika Mo. This is THE most beautiful song but it’s completely heart-breaking and will make you feel everything.
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
'Spinning Around' by Kylie Minogue! Gotta go for a true classic here, one of our members Josie has a Kylie CD in her car that we’ve all listened through many times on some regional drives and it just never gets old
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I went to a New Noise collective gig at the Perth Library and watched a gorgeous ambient set by Lia T and then saw the incredible Lyndon Blue play a solo set. It was a completely inspiring show that I feel absolutely privileged to have been able to see.
Tell us about the bands or people in the local music community that inspire you.
Noah Dillon is an absolute king who writes the most incredible lyrics and his band are so tight and talented. Nika Mo blows my mind every time, I am constantly in awe of Alter Boy and Lucy Iffla who inspires me with her musicianship and collaboration skills. I also always look up to my friends Georgia and David from Man Sandal as role models because of the way they conduct themselves with kindness and professionalism.
What are your plans for the rest of 2021?
We have plans to release our debut EP this year! And we are also playing at Fresh Produce Festival in August! We are all so very excited.