If you haven’t heard, E^ST has been killing it lately! The indie-pop artist recently wrapped up supporting Panic! At The Disco on a huge arena tour around Australia, and she has also just released her fourth EP ‘Life Ain’t Always Roses‘ which sees her off on a national tour of her own!
E^ST is known for her super catchy melodies, and nailing that ‘happy sound but sad lyrics’ vibe! Her unmistakable voice has also featured on tracks ‘Get Me A Drink‘ by Alice Ivy, and Golden Vessel‘s latest ‘BIGBRIGHT‘.
Here are her seven savvy music industry tips!
1) Who was your first musical inspiration? Why? Who inspires you now?
I grew up mainly listening to South African folk songs and musical theatre, so those were naturally my earlier influences. Now I’m inspired by anyone who does things differently and pushes the envelope. Childish Gambino, Frank Ocean, twenty one pilots to name a few.
2) What advice do you have for someone who is about to set off on their first tour?
It’s a lot more stressful and taxing than you might think. So make sure to listen to your body, and don’t feel pressure to do everything you think you’re supposed to do on tour.
3) What has been one of the most defining moments in your career?
Probably when I put out my song ‘Life Goes On’. It felt like a new beginning and has brought so many exciting opportunities into my life.
4) How has your music practice changed over time?
It hasn’t changed all that much. I guess now I’m just more confident in my abilities than I would’ve been when I started out.
5) My top business tip for new artists is…
Have a team of good and talented people around you. And always be honest and upfront with them.
6) My biggest career mistake has been… What would you do differently now?
My biggest mistake has been putting out songs that I didn’t particularly like all that much. Now, in everything I do, I make sure that I’m really into it and that’s normally enough reason to roll with it.
7) In my opinion, the most important issue facing the music industry is… What do you think can change that?
I think artists need more support, and need to be earning more. We’re expected to produce full time work results, but most of us have to work multiple jobs to stay afloat. And considering how much money gets made in the music industry, artists aren’t getting nearly enough.
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