With her single Adore charming the country and landing in second on this years Triple J Hottest 100, 2016 saw Gold Coast singer-songwriter Amy Shark quickly become a household name. Produced by M Phazes (Eminem, Daniel Johns, Meg Mac, Lupe Fiasco), Adore has had over twelve million streams and hit #3 on the ARIA singles chart, going platinum in the process. Coming off of a recent Australian tour and the release of her debut EP ‘Night Thinker’, Amy will head back out on the road in August in support of the release, playing shows around the country, including a set at Splendour In The Grass. We recently chatted to Amy ahead of her ‘Night Thinker’ tour to discuss musical inspirations and touring tips. Here is Amy Shark’s Savvy Seven.
Who is your musical inspiration? Why?
Eddie Vedder! I didn’t probably realise at the time how freakishly talented this guy was, when my parents played him throughout my childhood. I just liked the songs. Now I break down his writing style, lyrics and the way he structures his songs and I admire everything he does. It’s a weird one, I am not inspired to write like him, I have my own style, but he inspires me, if that makes any sense.
Hearing Lorde and falling in love with her debut album Pure Heroine was a light bulb moment for me and helped me find direction for my sound. I think I write in quite a similar way to her but it took someone the age of 16 to be bold enough and just come out and do it. That made other people not scared to try it. People are sick of hearing these big hits without any angst or passion in them. Pure Heroine was one of the best records I’ve ever heard. You can hear her youth in it, she doesn’t care, she doesn’t over think anything. I was over thinking for so long. When you stop that the best stuff comes out.
What advice do you have for someone who is about to set off on their first tour?
Use iCal. Pack a shit load of Muesli bars as you don’t end up eating each night till like 1am.
What has been one of your most defining moments in your career?
Without a doubt, coming 2nd in the Triple J Hottest 100. I still smile every time I think of that day, I will never forget that feeling.
How has your music practice changed over time?
I should probably have some crazy story for this, but truth is that it hasn’t changed much. I play guitar and sing every day of the week, so it’s kind of just natural for me. If anything, we treat the sound with complete seriousness now, I want my last show to always be my best show.
My top business tip for new artists is…
Apply for grants and ask someone to manage your business! Focus on the music. The music is your priority as the artist.
My biggest career mistake has been…
I honestly don’t really have one, yet. I worked hard to get here and I will work hard to repay the people who have believed in me. It’s all cool.
In my opinion, the most important issue facing the music industry is…
I think the industry is in the strongest position it’s seen in years. Streaming is obviously an issue as it has changed the way music is consumed but it’s an incredible organic method of getting your music to the ears of the world.
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