Angie’s music is ripper, soulful and would make a rather nice soundtrack to aggressively cleaning your house while working out some post-break-up pain. Scroll down to read our little chat with the Sydney songstress, then pop over to her Bandcamp to have a listen to her very nice new record, Shyness.
Describe your music in five words, please. Personal, emotional, electric, cathartic, dark.
Where were you born and where do you live now? I was born in Sydney and I still live in Sydney. I can’t seem to escape the place! It’s where my family lives, so I guess no matter what, it’ll always be my home.
Who was your first-ever musical crush? My favourite band when I was 16 was Royal Trux and they still are. They stood apart in a sea of bland rock bands that seemed to be popular around that time. They were undefinable, unfathomable rock and roll. Jennifer, the singer, is a modern day Keith Richards and a loveable teddy bear, all rolled into one.
At what point did you realise you were a muso yourself? I never really “realised” I was a musician; I just did it from the point I could move and walk. I played piano, guitar, and eventually sang. I still wouldn't really call myself a “muso”. I feel more like a transmitter of ideas.
What’s your secret songwriting recipe? Songwriting is kind of impossible. I don’t really see it as a ‘craft’ or anything. It’s more this illusive thing that you can’t really see or explain. I sometimes find it strange I’ve even written songs.
When are you at your most creative? Sadly, I’m usually at my most creative when I’m at my most fraught. I don’t know why that is. Some musicians I know can only write music when they’re feeling really happy. Again, it’s this ephemeral thing that affects everyone in different ways.
Who do you go to for honest feedback on your work-in-progress? Now, I’m so used to working on my own, I just rely on myself. I will send finished recordings to people, but I’m fairly certain of what I’m doing in the incubation process and kind of just keep it to myself.
Preferred post-gig snack? A nice glass of red wine!
What’s your favourite book of all time? I couldn’t name my favourite book, as that would be too difficult! I love books and spend all my money on them. I love certain publishers, like Reaktion, Repeater, New Directions, Primary Information and Occasional Papers, and collect the books they produce.
If you could have a drink with any musician, living or dead, who would it be and what would you drink? I would love to have a drink with Marianne Faithful, Lydia Lunch or Patti Smith. I think Lydia drinks Cognac… Of course, it would be the ladies’ choice!
Where do you feel most at home? At the moment, I would say I feel most at home at home, which is a rare thing to say, as I’ve lived a kind of weird life of sub-letting and constantly moving around. To have a solid place to live is a really awesome and strange feeling. I also feel at home in Athens. I’m still trying to understand why, but it’s always on my mind and on the tip of my tongue and I’m always trying to make a plan to get back there somehow.