An Interview with Mardi Wilson

 

Mardi Wilson is a singer-songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist hailing from Brisbane, Queensland. Her unique mix of folk and alternative sounds with a laid-back, surf edge saw her complete a successful east coast in 2019. In advance of her newest single being released tomorrow, we caught up with Mardi to discuss what it’s like being vulnerable, the van life movement and the perfect partnership between music and art.

Your press release describes your music as a mix of alternative and folk, but often times publicists need to pigeon hole music to suit genre normalities. How would you describe your music to people who may not have heard it before?

I’ve been trying to find a genre for ages, which is a tricky thing to do! I like to call it ‘surf folk’ – it’s a fusion between folk and alternative with a singer-songwriter vibe and a little bit of that new “Aussie” sound you hear a lot of bands with an alternative edge have … It’s a bit hard to explain (laughs). It’s nice to know people connect with your music no matter what the genre is you’re hitting.

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Review: The Choir Of Man

Playing at The Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne until January 12

Tickets: https://www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/whats-on/2020/contemporary-music/the-choir-of-man

Tour dates and more info: https://choirofman.com/

It’s not often you attend a show and before you can take your seat, you’re invited up to the stage to join the cast in a friendly pint from an actual working bar on the stage floor. But that’s what happens to attendees of The Choir of Man, a rollicking 90-minute singing session with a troupe of likeable British lads who instantly win over the crowd with their warm and friendly demeanour, and have the audience on side even before they start singing, even without the free beer.

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Q&A with Monica Adair

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With meaningful lyrics, emotive keys and moving, raw vocals, nineteen-year-old singer/songwriter Monica Adair brings a distinct sound to Indie-Pop. Now this North QLD songstress turned Gold Coast local is set to release her first single, Stars In The Water.

You’ve recently released your new single Stars in the Water. What has the reaction been like so far and is it what you expected?

I was so excited to hear that Stars In The Water had its first radio play yesterday. Actually, this is my first ever single so it was my first radio play ever as an artist!

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Exclusive EP Premiere: ‘Keeping Secrets’ by Ryan Daykin

It’s ironic that Ryan Daykin’s debut EP is called Keeping Secrets – as we’re choosing to do the complete opposite and give you an exclusive sneak peek! Featuring collaborations with Aleyce Simmonds and Hayley Marsten, whom we interviewed and premiered her music video of Coming Home last year; his influences stretch from Motown, to Shania Twain, and almost everything in between.

If you’re into earthy, country-alternative pop with strong hooks and compelling lyrical themes, then definitely take a moment to check out Ryan Daykin’s music.

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An Interview with Brook Chivell and Natalie Pearson

After a national tour together in 2017, Country Music’s Brook Chivell and Natalie Pearson have teamed up again to release the catchy, feel-good release I Wonder What You Kiss Like. The song debuted at #2 on the iTunes Country Charts, and currently sits at #5 on the KIX Country Radio Charts. The popular music video also sits third in the series continuation, after Pearson’s Mr Wrong and Chivell’s Hot Country Girl.

I Wonder What You Kiss Like was written by Country Music favourites, Kaylee Bell and Nick Wolfe, originally intended to be recorded by The Wolfe Brothers themselves. Considering how different your personal styles are compared to their own, it’s difficult to imagine the song not changing during production. What was the original demo like? And how, if so, did it change?

Natalie: [The demo] was Nick singing. He had a few little piano motifs at the start, which we really liked and we kept for when we took it to production. It had a similar vibe to what it ended up being; we just fleshed it out a lot more. We had a play around with the structure and put some key changes in there, so we could both have a chance to show off our vocal ranges and sit in our sweet spot. Nick really liked the arrangement, and we went from there into the studio.

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