Photography: Caleb Klimak
Where are you currently based?
Based in Melbourne, Eastern suburbs.
My parents forced me to do piano lessons from a young age (which I am now really grateful for), I hated sticking to the classical exam pieces and found my true love for playing music when I was able to write my own songs. I remember being so excited to share some of my first ever songs with my friends in high school, that was when I truely fell in love with the process of writing and recording music, when someone else I loved resonated with the words I’d write in my bedroom.
In 2021-2022 I studied Music at University and it was there that I met my producer/co-writer Caleb Klimak. We hit it off as soon as we met and have been writing together since. It’s addictive having those breakthrough moments in the studio when you feel like the music, the words and the melody come together to say what you’ve been wanting to say. I have so many more of those moments now than I used too, now that I have someone who shares my vision.
I was listening to a lot of Holly Humberstone, which I showed Caleb as a reference for what I wanted the song to sound like. At the time the song was written, I was feeling down on my luck and like I didn’t know what to do to take control of my life, but the song sort of manifested as the answer to a lot of the questions I had.
Writing ‘Backseat’ was a lot like going to therapy. I would sit down frustrated and try to make sense of my emotions, which would often lead nowhere, but eventually we got a final product that made me understand what I needed to do to take the wheel and start my own journey.
“Backseat” was recorded at Caleb’s house and the studio at our uni in-between classes in June 2022. The song was mixed by JJ Catalyst and assistant Andrew Castillo, and mastered by Ruairi O’Flaherty.
The 1975’s new album ‘Being Funny In A Foreign Language’ has been on repeat since it came out. 5 Seconds of Summer, beabadoobee and Fountains of Wayne are also on heavy rotation.
I love the beach, it never fails to make me happy. I’ve been going as much as I can this summer as a break from music, but I honestly find when I’m there it just inspires me to work on music even more.
Lots of live shows hopefully! I’m excited to finally share what I’ve been working on with everyone so keep an eye out on my socials for some upcoming shows and potentially some new songs.
Korean fried chicken. There’s this place called ‘Oppa Kitchen’ on Swanston St in Melbourne CBD that I swear by. Everyone I have taken there has said it’s the best chicken they’ve ever had and they are absolutely right.