Alex Lahey on BIGSOUND, SXSW & making new music off the back of B-Grade University!

Alex Lahey went into BIGSOUND this year as one of the festival’s most talked about artists and came away from it as one of the acts people continued to buzz about. Understandably, the hype is justified – after her B-Grade University EP brought her widespread acclaim, not to mention shows around the country and Splendour in recent months as well, Lahey is clearly the real deal.

The morning we met up with her at the Judith Wright Centre, Lahey had just been announced for SXSW 2017 – no doubt setting up yet another huge platform for the Melbourne songwriter and performer to launch music from.

“It’s going to be madness!” she says. “It’s going to be like, lads on tour, except we’re the least lad-iest people in the world. The thing I’m most excited about it to eat a shit tonne of BBQ.”

While the last few months have been a whirlwind of shows for Lahey (and the next few months look to follow suit, too), she lets us in on where’s she at with new music.

“I’m definitely writing at the moment,” she says. “Whether or not that’s an EP or an album remains to be seen. Oscar and I have been talking about it heaps and we’re just excited to go into the studio; whatever happens, happens. …My writing process has changed significantly since starting this project and writing “Wes Anderson”; the biggest one is that I’m completing demos before I actually go into the studio and before we actually play the songs live. …I’m just really excited to get recording again.”

Of her first time at BIGSOUND, performing, Lahey notes that her time gigging in other projects, particularly Animaux, has informed her approach to this solo project a great deal.

“There is no way that I would be sitting here if I didn’t have all those wonderful years, especially in Animaux, learning about the industry,” she mentions. “Learning about how to gig, learning about how to rehearse, learning about how to write. Everything that you learn as an artist, I did in that band; which I guess, allowed me to maybe hit the ground running a little bit more with this project, from that perspective. …Made me a bit more comfortable with putting myself out there like that and understanding what that means and what could potentially follow.”

Check out the full interview below!

For more on Alex Lahey, visit her website HERE!


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