Interview: Heloise

Heloise is a Tasmanian folk artist now living in Melbourne, lucky enough to have turned the new adventure into the Melbourne Music Bank winning song This Is Home. In the lead-up to the single release we were able to find out a little more about her.

Hi Heloise, welcome to Beauty and Lace.
What inspired you to pursue a music career?

I think it was more a subconscious thing. I grew up around music and was composing and writing at an early age. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do (after I decided at age 14 that I didn’t want to be a meteorologist anymore!). Ultimately I just want to be able to make a living doing what I love most; performing, writing, recording and creating.

You won the major prize in Melbourne Music Bank 2014, can you share a bit about the experience with us?

It was such a fantastic experience. I am one lucky gal! What an amazing collection of prizes! I’m so grateful to everyone involved in the initiative. They’re all super lovely and extremely supportive. I have tools now to help move my career forward, tools that I otherwise wouldn’t have had access to. In an industry where it’s sometimes hard to catch a break, the more tools and support networks you have, the better.

How would you describe your sound?

The music is kind of quirky. A mix between folk and avant-garde blues…but sometimes it’s a little grungy too. It’s pretty eclectic really. There are so many ‘genres’ about at the moment and it’s nice that you can kind of build your own box around your music and draw from all genres. The music reflects me a little bit I think…constantly moving, colourful, unfettered, crazy, redheaded and all over the place… ha!

What can you tell us about the winning song This Is Home?

The song was inspired by my feelings as a stranger in a huge bustling city and the discovery of all its wonderful quirks, people and opportunities. Having moved from Tasmania only a year earlier, the song embodies my excitement at being in a new place filled with creative arts, diverse culture, new people and of course wonderful food. I love the creative culture in Melbourne and have been so inspired by the place I now call home. I wanted to subtly capture the hidden gems I’ve stumbled across in my adventure from that little island down south.

How did you find working with Wilk on the clip?

Wilk is fantastic, such a wonderful human! We filmed on this gorgeous old locomotive out in rural Victoria. It was so lovely, the countryside was so picturesque! The weather gods really turned it on for us too…such a glorious day. It was nice to be able to see some of rural Victoria too as I hadn’t really explored much outside Melbourne. We went from Maldon to Castlemaine which is about an hour on the loco. We only shot for about two and a half hours (Wilk is a super-genius) but we were there from 8am til about 2pm. It was such an incredible day, I had two lovely hair and makeup artists pampering me before every scene, the train was incredible and the concept was just perfect for the song. Wilk is just great, he’s so easy to work with and made me feel so at ease. I’m so pleased with the final product.

Can you tell us a little about the clip?

So the story behind the clip is me trying to catch a glimpse of this handsome, mysterious fellow on the train. We inadvertently end up playing a game of hide and seek throughout the carriages, me looking into all the little hidey holes on the train, we keep missing each other. Right when I think I’ve found him, he disappears. You see his boots sticking out from underneath tables and behind doors which is a sweet little motif that runs throughout the clip. I keep missing him until we arrive at the station. Finally at the end, I open the carriage doors to see him standing on the platform and leap into his arms. It’s pretty cute!

Heloise Portrait Hi res 1

Your debut EP is set for release later in the year, can you tell us a little about it?

It’s going to be our second EP! We released our first EP called Birds In My Mouth back in 2013, which was all material I wrote when I was 15/16 years old, so very Alice in Wonderland-y and more playful and child-like. This upcoming EP will be more bluesy/grungy I think. I’ve found my songs are evolving and changing as I grow and mature as an artist and human being. I’m experiencing different things and finding new sources of inspiration all the time so naturally my writing style shifts and changes with new thoughts and surroundings. I’m really looking forward to exploring where this next EP will take us.

Where does your songwriting inspiration come from?

There is much that inspires me; people I meet, movies I watch, stories I read, photographs, art, dreams, my surroundings, emotions, other artists. I’m visually stimulated so I write a lot about what I see. I’ve always had very vivid dreams and they serve as inspiration for many of my songs. There are some incredibly amazing things to discover in this big, wide world as I travel, encounter new people and take in foreign landscapes and I’m constantly drawing inspiration from everything around me.

You are keen to get back on a live stage, what can audiences expect from a live show?

Through each performance I like to take my audience on a quirky journey of imaginings.
I want them to meet creatures and characters, experience the elements and feel as if they’ve travelled through my crazy head and caught a glimpse of someplace somewhere else. I’m a chatterbox and love to talk about my songs, my day, the weather, where I grew up, what’s happening in the world… ramblings relevant to the time and place. I like the audience to be transported away from the day to day.

What’s next for Heloise?

The next major project is definitely the upcoming EP but we’re hoping to have another video clip and single out over the next four months. We’ll have heaps of shows coming up over the next few months too.

What does being a woman mean to you?

For me it means many things, but a woman is what I am and a woman is what I’ll be.



Thursday 30 April
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