Answered By: Tia Gostelow

Where do you hail from? I was born in Mareeba in the Atherton Tablelands, near Cairns, but I basically grew up on Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory.

Give us your wicked-cool backstory: Well my family and I moved to Groote Eylandt when I was about four and I started playing the keys and singing when I was about six! At this time I had fallen in love with Taylor Swift and my parents took me to CMC Rocks The Snowys and that was when I saw Taylor live! After that I came back and completely ditched the keys and started playing a $50 guitar we ordered off eBay and I haven’t put it down since! We moved to Mackay in 2010 and I had never really played in front of a crowd before, so I started getting involved in the Country Music Talent Quests that are held all throughout Queensland! Doing these gave me so much confidence, stage experience and resilience, as I was very different to most of the other kids I was up against. I didn’t like conforming to the dress standards and song choices that most would and I guess some people in that scene found it very confronting and out of the norm, which is why I don’t think I got anywhere in these competitions but it definitely showed me who I am and what I really wanted to do, which is why I moved out of the country music scene and into the triple j scene. I did my first pub gig, a Sunday

After that I came back and completely ditched the keys and started playing a $50 guitar we ordered off eBay and I haven’t put it down since! We moved to Mackay in 2010 and I had never really played in front of a crowd before, so I started getting involved in the country music talent quests that are held all throughout Queensland. Doing these gave me so much confidence, stage experience and resilience, as I was very different to most of the other kids I was up against. I didn’t like conforming to the dress standards and song choices that most would and I guess some people in that scene found it very confronting and out of the norm, which is why I don’t think I got anywhere in these competitions but it definitely showed me who I am and what I really wanted to do, which is why I moved out of the country music scene and into the triple j scene. I did my first pub gig, a Sunday

I didn’t like conforming to the dress standards and song choices that most would and I guess some people in that scene found it very confronting and out of the norm, which is why I don’t think I got anywhere in these competitions, but it definitely showed me who I am and what I really wanted to do, which is why I moved out of the country music scene and into the triple j scene. I did my first pub gig, a Sunday Sesh, when I was around 12, and that was my part-time job all through high school, just playing cover gigs every weekend around Mackay and Airlie Beach. In the past couple of years I’ve just been experimenting with sounds and songwriting methods, gigging in pubs – both as a solo, duo and a band, trying to figure out what I love and I’m still on that journey only things are a bit more intense and professional, which is great!

If your sound had to be described as a meal, what would it be? I’d have to say, apple pie. I think my music is sweet and easy to listen to but there’s also some crunchy lyrics and melodies in there.

Tell us about your new single That’s What You Get – what’s your creative process like? Usually when I write songs I sit down with my acoustic guitar and come up with a chord progression, then the melody and then the lyrics. With this song though I wanted it to be a bit different, so I pulled out my electric guitar and pedals and started mucking around with them! My little brother actually came into our music room and helped me out with the lyrics, so I think that was cool to have his input! But yeah I have wanted to write a pop, up-beat, dance-y song for a while and I’m so happy with how it turned out!

What inspired you to write this song? Last year I was seeing this guy and he was a bit of a player, wasn’t very faithful – said all the right things and then did all the wrong things! Once I was over the angry stage of it I sat down and wrote this song! It’s more of an empowering song, basically saying ‘Yeah I was hurt at the time, but I don’t care anymore’ and ‘You’re an idiot, I’m happy.’

The worst thing that happened during recording was…: Well, at Airlock Studios, the accommodation there is in this little water tank at the front of the studio and it fits four kinda single beds and I was sharing with my band (all boys) and my dad! None of us thought about this but my dad and Lachie (my guitarist) are major snorers and I don’t think any of us got any sleep that night, we ended up making Lachie sleep in his car the next night!!

But the best thing was…: We played intense games of Super Snap and Bullshit every night.

What’s the most exciting thing about supporting Husky on their national tour? Oh man, the whole thing is exciting!! I’ve been in love with Husky’s music for years and I have always wanted to see them play live, so the fact that my first national support tour is with them is so freaking cool! I haven’t been to Melbourne or Adelaide either, so I’m so excited to experience those cities and what the touring life is like!

What has been the highlight of your musical career thus far? I have to say I’m pretty darn lucky to have done all the things I have at such a young age! I have so many to choose from – triple j Unearthed High, Queensland Music Awards, BIGSOUND and playing the State Of Origin! I can’t just narrow it down to one, it’s been a good 12 months and I am super grateful for everything!