Bec Sandridge’s Savvy Seven

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Originally from the small seaside town of Stanwell Park NSW, twenty-two year old Bec Sandridge has shared the stage with acts as varied as Husky, Passenger, Diesel, Andy Bull, Owl Eyes, Stu Larsen and Adalita (Magic Dirt) throughout the UK, US and Australia. Working with producers Mark Myers (The Middle East) and Tony Dupe (Holly Throsby), her new EP WILD HEART paints six tales decorated in nostalgia and wonder. As listeners we are guided throughout the streets of Los Angeles, New York and London by haunting yet sweet and catchy vocal melodies, majestic trumpet lines and shuffling drums and piano. About to head off on a national tour in support of Mark Wilkinson, Bec delved into her wealth of industry know-how and shared some tips on how to get ahead.

1. The best live music venues in my area are…
Originally I’m from Stanwell Park (South Coast) and Anita’s Theatre in Thirroul is pretty special. They don’t make old theatres like that anymore. I’m now living in Marrickville (Sydney) and I quite like the new venue Newtown Social Club and GodGod Small Club – I hosted my first ever EP launch there, so it is quite special/sentimental for me! Plus it’s just a darn cool venue with many quirks and babes.

2. The music scene in Sydney is…
Quite small, which allows for a good sense of community- which I (and I’m sure most people) love!

3. My top tip for artists who self-manage is…
Get an ol’ physical diary (I’m old school).

4. In my opinion, the most important issue facing the music industry is…
As an independent artist, I sometimes find it quite difficult to fund recording… once I do have the finances to record and put out a EP, it’s difficult to sometimes sell physical CDs as Soundcloud, Facebook, Spotify are now the main man. So maybe grants for publicity or more grants for independent artists is something that needs to be looked at a little more? I also think it’s a nice idea to put local artists on as opening acts for touring artists mayhaps…

5. When on the road, my favourite pit stops are…
In the UK, I always quite like visiting Brighton (England) even if I don’t have a show there.
In Australia, the South Coast (home) is always a nice one. The Scarborough Pub is magic.

6. My biggest career mistake has been…
When starting out, it’s really easy to get trampled on/say yes to every opportunity that arises.
A lot of people will ask you, as an artist, to pay to have your song on an ad or cd on a magazine, as ‘they’re doing you a favour/providing exposure’ which, to me, just doesn’t seem right…

7. My best advice for emerging artists is…
Talk to as many artists, managers, bookings agents and labels as you can. I think it’s good to be aware of how many ways there are to run your life as an artist.

You can become internet besties with Bec Sandridge on Facebook, Triple J Unearthed and Bandcamp.

 

 

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