22-year-old Stanwell Park musician Bec Sandridge is preparing to launch her new EP, “Wild Heart” at Heritage Hotel this Friday, 15th November with Coledale’s Kay Proudlove providing support. After solo tours in the UK and US, and with numerous tracks featured on Australian television, the singer is a talent to watch.
I caught up with Bec recently to talk about her musical origins, the genesis of Wild Heart, and where she’s headed in the future.
Can you tell me a little bit about your musical background? How did you get into solo performing? (I know there’s a good story here!)
My family and friends have always known that I’m a hardcore shower-singer wanting to be a legitimate singer, but they all knew that I would never have the courage to venture out of my bathroom to the stage without a strong push. So naturally, they thought it would be a great idea to place monetary bets on me (they also knew how badly I needed and wanted the finances as I really longed to travel throughout the UK and Europe).
I was called up by an agent who asked if my band “Mad Polly” (which I just played guitar in) wanted to support Owl Eyes and Andy Bull at a show. Sadly, but fortunately, our lead singer was away. The agent had also heard that I was a shower singer and asked if I wanted the show nonetheless. Of course, I said yes, with the intention of cancelling last minute because of nerves, I guess. I somehow booked myself in as a support and quickly and frantically wrote a set full of songs in a matter of three weeks and I ended up committing to the show
Who would you consider your musical influences or idols?
I really like what Aretha Franklin stands for musically, which is sass and soul, but I don’t really have that. So I’d probably say artists like Feist, City and Colour and Bruce Springsteen are more influential when I write songs.
Tell me about your new EP Wild Heart – how long has the process leading to the release taken?
The songs were mostly written over two months while I travelled throughout the US and the UK. I recorded four of the tracks in Cairns with Mark Myers and two of the tracks in Melbourne with Tony Dupe. This was all completed around six months ago roughly. So it’s been a little while coming, but the songs still feel quite close to home
Other than playing gigs, how do you get your music out there?
I’ve been busking a lot lately, which is quite confronting but challenging both mentally and physically (Laughs). Social media is always there to assist with promotion, too.
You’ve had success recently with your track ‘Red Jumper’ which is the first song on the soundtrack for the ABC drama The Time of Our Lives, what else is on the cards?
Red Jumper was the very first song I wrote! So that was a very nice surprise. I’m not sure about future television or film spots as of yet, but I have a list of programmes I’d definitely love to be on.
You released a great new music video for your song ‘Stones’ last week, what was the filming process like?
I drove down to Seven Mile Beach to meet a new friend and film guy (who I met whilst I was busking in Cronulla) named Dustin Carroll. We had intended to film on the sand dunes, but the weather was ghastly and morbid. It was all a bit of a panic as the single needed to be out in two weeks, so we quickly set up an ironing board downstairs and set up his camera and I ironed my clothes and he filmed. It was all over in a matter of an hour. He’s an editing genius.
What are you most looking forward to and hoping for with the release of Wild Heart?
I’m playing with a new band which is really daunting, yet exciting! There’s someone on piano, trombone, drums, double bass- the lot! I can’t wait to play the new songs live. I mostly can’t wait to tour and play in places that I haven’t ventured to before. I think this time I’m even going to be hitting Perth and Adelaide which will be magical!
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