Answered by: Emily Hamilton

Where do you hail from? The Gold Coast, born and bred.

Give us your wicked-cool backstory: My backstory is probably the antithesis of wicked-cool given that I was a home schooler who started out learning classical piano and listening to Mother’s opera records – but I eventually (hopefully) made up for it when I broadened my musical horizons, learnt some guitar and drums, and had a crack at writing some songs. I think it’s going okay so far!

If your sound had to be described as a meal, what would it be? I’d say a cheese platter – a good combo of sweet, crunchy, a little spicy, a little smooth.

Tell us about your new single Until You Feel Good – what’s your creative process like? I wrote this song a little while ago when I was progressing from the synth-based sound of my earlier tracks, and focusing on a more organic, guitar-driven sound. For this track, I started off with writing the guitar riff of the verses and just building the rest of the song around that. 

Where did you record, who did you work with and why? I recorded Until You Feel Good at Airlock Studios in Brisbane with Kon Kersting (of The Belligerents). I met Kon in person for the first time when we went into the studio to record my previous single, and we worked together so well that I was really keen to get back into the studio with him. Kon has a great way of contributing to the music while still respecting the songs and not taking away from their original vibe or feeling.

The worst thing that happened during recording was…: Eating too many snacks – I have learnt that it is not the key to productivity. 

But the best thing was…: The studio itself – Airlock is an amazingly vibey, inspiring studio surrounded by trees in the hinterland.

 What do you do to make yourself feel good: Eat good food (my #1 joy), drink good coffee, read, make music. 

What was inspiring you when writing the track? Without wanting to sound morbid – grief. I was going through a pretty hard time and contemplating how we’re all different and need different ways to get us through those times. I like to think that the message is encouraging, that it’s okay to take your time and do your own thing to get through the tough times.