I recently had the opportunity to chat with Australia’s latest gift to music. Melody Pool is sure to be the next biggest thing in the country/folk genre. Her immaculate vocals and phenomenal lyrics are worth checking out. I am excited to introduce to Melody Pool to the Lemonade audience. So, without further ado…
Wyndi: Hey Melody! Thank so much for taking the time to chat with us! First, let’s introduce you to our readers, tell us a bit about your background with music. How did you get into it?
Melody: My Dad has been a full-time musician for almost 40 years. My Mum sang in his band up until two weeks before I was born. My Grandma used to sing in church and then at home with my Mum and Aunty and Grandad. My Uncle is a great songwriter. And my cousins sing too. So I guess I was just born to a musical heritage!
Wyndi: Oh wow, you’re right, it must be in your genes! What is the music scene like in your hometown?
Melody: It’s pretty good! There’s a lot of different genres and I’ve been lucky enough to intertwine with most of them – from folk to pop, country to rock etc. It’s a dynamic scene in my hometown – I live in the Hunter Valley/Newcastle area, north of Sydney in Australia.
Melody: Joni Mitchell, Ryan Adams, Laura Marling, Simon & Garfunkel, Patty Griffin…the list goes on…and on….
Wyndi: Living in Australia, how did you end up in Nashville to record your debut album? Tell us a bit about that journey from Australia to Nashville.
Melody: In August of 2011, Jace Everett came out to Australia for a tour. At the time, I was singing harmonies and playing guitar for a friend of mine, Kirsty Akers, and she was supporting him on the tour. We all ended up at a festival where I had my own gig and Jace’s band kindly agreed to play some songs with me. Jace heard my songs and said that if I was ever to travel to Nashville, he would love to produce my album. So it went from there. It was kind of terrifying – going to a different country and staying with people I had only known for a week or so from the year before- but it was exhilarating as well, and very liberating actually. It felt like the first time I’d really taken a huge leap for music.
Wyndi: It’s a leap we’re all happy you took! What inspired the album?
Melody: Most of the songs are based around two particular experiences which very much inspired the lyrical works, but I was listening to a lot of Laura Marling and Ryan Adams during the year I was writing the album, and I think those influences came out musically throughout the songs too.
Wyndi: Do you have any plans to tour the US or abroad?
Melody: Yes! I’m currently in the process of planning an East Coast (at this stage!) tour with some great friends of mine who are fantastic musicians, and I’ll hopefully be heading over to the UK to support Jace later in the year. If all goes according to plan!
Wyndi: That’s some exciting stuff! Congrats! Speaking of touring, if you could go on tour with anyone, who would it be and why?
Melody: Joni Mitchell because she is my Queen! But sadly she doesn’t do gigs anymore, I don’t think. So I’m out of luck!
Wyndi: Hopefully Joni is reading this right now! Here’s hoping that you at least get a chance to meet your Queen! For those that look up to you and what you do, what advice would you give aspiring singer/songwriters?
Melody: Don’t limit yourself to writing what you think will fit into a particular genre or structure. Listen to everything, trust your instincts and don’t force it. If a song wants to be written, it will be.
Wyndi: Awesome! Thanks again, so much for taking the time to chat. I wish you the best of luck with your upcoming tours!
Be sure to check out Melody Pool’s The Hurting Scene out now! Get more info on Ms. Pool at http://www.melodypool.com.au/
Check out Melody’s cover of Joni Mitchell’s “River”
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