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the AU interview: Brooke Addamo of Owl Eyes (Melbourne)

After recently finishing a second EP and touring with Andy Bull, Melbourne songstress Owl Eyes answers some questions about her early career and current success.

Hi Owl Eyes! Thanks for taking the time to talk to me today. Where are you at the moment?

I am at home sitting on my bed eating yoghurt.

You were a finalist on Australian Idol in 2008. Your elimination from the competition was considered premature and it was suggested the voting was rigged. Do you now view your early departure from the show as a blessing in disguise?

Oh for sure, I mean it was a great experience but I am very glad and I do believe every thing happens for a reason.

Do you keep in contact with anyone from the show?

Um not really it's kind of hard when you all live in different states, but I saw Marcia Hines at fashion week and it was lovely to see her again.

You were seventeen then. What motivated you to pursue music at such a young age?

I started singing at twelve to open up and cure my incredible shyness and I just fell in love with music and have been doing it ever since.

You go by the alias Owl Eyes rather than Brooke Addamo. Why did you decide Owl Eyes was more suitable?

It gives me something really visual and separates myself from myself. I also think owls suit my music perfectly and it's a beautiful song by Devendra Banhart.

Your beautiful 2010 EP Faces was written in a mere five days. Did you make a conscious effort to write the EP quickly or did this happen naturally?

It was such a natural process, nothing forced, surprisingly, but sadly yes it was a fluke and it did not happen that fast second time around ha ha.

You've said Jan Skubiszewski of Jackson Jackson fame has been a huge influence on your career. How does he differ from previous producers you’ve worked with?

He as a person has been such an influence on me he is a genius and he just gets me and can adapt to anything. He is different in a way he doesn't try to change what I am or what sound I like he just helps get it out.

Your single ‘1+1’ sounds like it was written from personal experience…?

It's kind of something everyone can relate too. Some lyrics are quite 'cutesie' and sounds very direct but really it's just about something that is supposed to work on paper but some how just does not add up.

Before the EP release, your shows were mainly acoustic. Do you now have a full time band when you perform live?

I do have a full band but I am always changing things around I don't think I have found my perfect live show yet, that is my main focus in the next few months. It's a careful process and not as easy as it looks to get it just right.

Do you play any musical instruments yourself?

I dabble on keys and chords on guitar but mainly just for writing usually just to spark lyrics.

You’re probably best known for working with Illy on his song ‘It Can Wait’ last year. Has the exposure from this collaboration helped your career?

I think it was a lovely fit, we are such different artists but I liked doing something different and of course it was a massive song on Triple J so people got to hear my name a lot.

You’ve just wrapped up a tour with Andy Bull. Why did you decide to tour together and how was the experience?

It was nice everything ran smoothly. The songs were quite beautiful; we both stripped back our sets to showcase the songs and our voices and I think it worked really well.

Do you have any plans to release a full length album soon?

I have just finished my second EP so after it's out I plan to get stuck into an album.

Describe yourself in five words.

Dreamer, emotional, honest, forgetful, humble.

Thanks so much for speaking with me. I absolutely adored Faces and can’t wait to see what you do next.

Thank you so much x