All Our Exes Live In Texas is a fantasy draft of Sydney’s finest singer-songwriters – Elana Stone, Katie Washington, Hannah Crofts and Georgia Mooney – here combining in four-part, indie-folk harmony heaven. On mandolin, ukulele, accordion, and guitar, the Exes are a powerhouse of charm and songwriting prowess. Fair warning: this foursome is the most badass female folk band around. All Our Exes Live In Texas have had an impressive career to date, they’ve toured with The Backstreet Boys (USA), Passenger (UK), as well as Australian icons Megan Washington and Kate Miller-Heidke. The Exes share a deep passion for vocal harmonies and heartbreakingly good songwriting, a killer combination that has seduced audiences across the country and the world as they’ve crisscrossed Australia from Port Fairy Folk Festival to Darwin Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, and the National Folk Festival. Since the release of their self-titled, widely celebrated EP, the Exes have embarked on three national headline tours releasing singles Tell Me, Sailboat, and The Devil’s Part from their successfully crowd-funded debut album, When We Fall, released on March 3. We caught up with the fiery ladies in this weeks Savvy Seven! Check it out!
How did you get your start in the music industry?
We all came to this band having previously had solo careers but before that, we all studied music at uni. I think we all made lots of really good friends throughout that time and eventually that led us to find each other!
What advice do you have for someone who is heading off on their first tour?
Ooh good question. The planning side is tricky but if you can, finish your tour in your hometown and give yourself at least 24 hours off afterwards for recovery after the inevitable party times. Bring a portable charger for your phone, be prepared to wash your undies in the sink, bring a water bottle! Drink water…
Your top tip for artists who self-manage is…
It’s incredibly hard work and the work is endless. Be prepared to have a rubbish work/life balance for a bit. BUT the best part of that is that when you DO get a manager you will be across everything and appreciate all of the extra help even more.
What has been your biggest career barrier?
Money. For sure. Doesn’t matter how amazing you are or how hard you work, it is almost impossible to get anywhere without the sweet sweet cash!
What is your advice to an emerging artist looking at spending money on a PR campaign?
Get some great photos. Have heaps of content to give them. Videos, pics etc. Aesthetic is just as important as the music because you have to catch people’s attention.
The biggest issue facing the music industry is…
In my opinion, I think that we don’t value music or the arts nearly as high as we should. We pay sportsmen (not women, they get much less money) 6 figure salaries while musicians struggle to pay their rent.
What would be a songwriting challenge or road-block you’ve encountered and what methods have you used to work around it?
Good question! I think if you’re having trouble writing it’s a good idea to set yourself some limitations. Only use one note, use the words of a poem, write on an instrument you don’t play… Those are the things that usually help me!
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