What’s been happening in the last couple of months?
Lachlan: in the last couple of months we’ve been doing plenty of song writing for our next album, planning the year to come and recording for a special release in Christmas!! We also just released our new single Woodstock69.
Your new single Woodstock69 is out now, please tell us about the influences and songwriting process?
Sarah: I wrote this song over in Nashville as an ode to one of the most iconic music festivals of all time and generally, that era in music which we love so much. We grew up listening to all of that music from the 60s and 70s and it’s had such a big impact on us as a band and as people. I wanted to write a song on our debut album that spoke to that influence and love we have for that music.
Where and when did you record/produce/master and who with?
Lachlan: we recorded, produced and mastered everything over in Nashville Tennessee with the legendary Chad Carlson, it was an insane experience to say the least and we’re all over the moon with how everything turned out. We’ve also been doing alot of recording in my home studio while working with Chad Carlson remotely in Nashville for an up and coming release this Christmas.
The video clip was directed by Molly Buckley at Chris Murphy’s property, Sugar Beach Ranch. Please tell us about how the film clip concept came about and the special meaning that this clip has to you in particular:
Molly: Creating and directing the Woodstock69 music video was such an incredible journey/ experience and to also be able to film it on Chris Murphy‘s property ‘Sugar Beach Ranch’ gives the music video such a deeper meaning.
The music industry has dealt with so many losses these past couple years and still continues to, so when coming up with the initial concept for the video I was exploring how I wanted to visually communicate the song in a time when the lyrics couldn’t seem more prevalent and real.
‘Woodstock69’ has so much more meaning to me after this experience. I realised it’s representing everything we have all been so greatly missing – live music, festivals, singing crowds, dancing feet, and peace.
What did you find most challenging and rewarding during the creation of the film clip?
Molly: I can’t think of anything that was the most challenging, especially since I absolutely loved every twist and turn that came with the creation of this clip. There’s so much knowledge and growth that comes with the challenges I was facing with editing, or the day of filming and making sure everything was lined up etc. The most rewarding part was probably overcoming any challenges that came my way, also proving to myself that I could make a music video from start to finish was an awesome feeling.
Sarah Buckley recently won the APRA development award, how did this come about and what does it mean to you?
Sarah: To be recognised by APRA and winning the Professional Development Award is such an honour for me as a songwriter. I applied for this award many months ago and to be honest, when applying for awards like this I often end up forgetting about it because I don’t think anything will come of it or that I’ll win but it’s always worth a shot! When I found out I won it was so unbelievably exciting and unexpected and I just feel so thankful to be recognised as a songwriter by such a prestigious organisation as APRA.
You’re playing Bluesfest next year and will be playing live shows as soon as lockdown is over, how has not being able to play live affected the band?
Molly: It’s been really really hard not being able to play live shows. We miss being on the road, the adventure, the people and the atmosphere of a live show… everything! We couldn’t be more excited for our upcoming gigs!
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Lachlan: I’ve been listening to a lot of Allman brothers band and A Tribe Called Quest. Those two groups have some of my favourite music in the entire world!
What’s planned for the next few months?
Sarah: Well it’s the Christmas season and we’re very excited to be releasing our very first Christmas track! I think people will be really surprised by what’s coming and we’re excited for them to hear it… Christmas like you’ve never heard it before!