BY HARRISON CARTWRIGHT
If you haven’t heard about Bec Sandridge yet, that’s unlucky for you. With a voice that enamours audiences in seconds, music that has featured on popular television shows such as Winners & Losers and Dance Academy, and a constantly-growing catalogue of music that enchants the soul, hers is a name you’ll definitely be hearing more of in the future. With a new EP on the not-so-distant horizon, we thought it’d be the perfect time to have a quick chat.
BS: Your music has got such an incredibly distinct sound to it. Who would you say are your main musical influences?
I must say that Aretha Franklin was and will remain my first musical love and soul mate but I also favour more like-minded artists such as Feist, City and Colour, Laura Veirs, Ray Lamontagne and Tegan and Sara.
BS: Any advice for young musicians wanting to make it in the music industry?
I haven’t ‘made it’ by any means, nor would I consider myself outside of the ‘young musicians’ category at twenty-two, but I think one of the wisest things to do, creatively, is to simply play and write as much as you can. Maybe attempt to craft one song a week and then when more confident step it up to one little song a day. I guess it’s all about trial and error- error usually being the most exciting thing an artist can stumble into or upon…
BS: What has been your favourite gig so far?
I thoroughly enjoyed my EP launch last year for Lyons and Bees- everyone was so lovely! I’ve played some pretty unusual places overseas (a cemetery and a church) which were pretty great too.
BS: Is there a moment that stands above all others as one that has been particularly memorable? Travelling in general has been particularly memorable for me- it’s where I have played, written and felt the most alive. Wonderful and weird individuals/encounters are brilliant.
BS: You’ve got a new EP coming out soon. Can you tell us a bit about what to expect?
I do! It’s entitled Wild Heart. It was mostly written about one important person in my life. Maybe two… In my head, it’s definitely a more mature sound with trumpets, strings and piano- which for me, is really exciting. Lyrically, I feel the songs are pretty darn depressing but in a good way (in comparison to Lyons And Bees), but the stories are rather accurate depictions of some distinct and somewhat life altering moments over the past year.
BS: Is there anything else exciting on the cards we should know about?
I’ll be playing a string of band shows throughout Australia very soon! 24th October at Brighten Up Bar, Sydney is the official launch.