BY RHIANNON TOWELL
Sold by the promise of music, hot chocolate and nice people, on the 31st of May, I attended the release of India Bradshaw’s EP, Maybreak, at the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre in Baldivis. As promised, it was a thoroughly entertaining evening, filled with the antics of the incredibly talented Jack Davies, Tandem, Kovu, and, of course, India herself.
After a chaotic month of hard work, the release was a success. Featuring her new originals, ‘A Sweet Song’, ‘Camel’ and ‘Alright’, the EP is a masterful salute to her unique style and strength as a performer.
I was lucky enough to catch up with her last week and chat about the release, her style, inspirations and outlook as a young artist in Perth.
What got you into music?
I think, growing up and seeing my Mum performing in her bands and stuff made me realise it was actually a possibility to be one of those people that did music.
How long have you been performing?
Since, probably, 2013. But actually taking it seriously, probably 2 years.
Who are you listening to right now?
I’m listening to James Blake and Dodie Clarke. James Blake, I’m pretty sure, is classed as experimental-folk, almost. He’s really cool.
Is that similar to what you perform?
Probably not, he uses a lot of electronics, but his lyrical tendencies are pretty similar to how I perform. Very heavily, emotionally, what’s the word-weighted? So, probably lyrically, yes. But the actual music, probably not.
Did you ever think that you’d actually be able to release music?
Kind of, I guess, yeah. I thought it would be in a very different context. Growing up, I thought music was very, you know…everyone else does it for you and you just have to sing. But growing up a bit more I’ve realised it’s not, and you actually have to assert yourself and do stuff for yourself. So, in that sense, I didn’t think I’d release music this way, but yeah, I thought I’d end up releasing music at some point.
How does it feel?
How does it feel? Cool. It feels cool. It’s cool…I say I’m always making music but it’s cool to have a platform that people understand, like a CD and an EP. It’s a very physical, ‘this is here for you to listen to’, kind of thing. So, it feels good. It feels like I’m getting myself out there.
Who is your all-time favourite artist?
I don’t know. I’m pretty keen on Ed Sheeran. His early stuff is pretty inspirational. I wouldn’t say I have a favourite though. At the moment, my all-time favourite artist is Harry Styles. I’m in love with him, but also, he just released his album and it’s actually really, really good. And it was a brave move as well, because it’s not close to what One Direction did. So, I would say, undecided.
What other genres would you experiment with?
I reckon Jazz music is really, really cool. And Blues… I don’t know. I think it’s pretty difficult to be able to know how to experiment with other genres because you’ve got to know the genre first, before you can experiment with it. But yeah, I do listen to a lot of experimental music because of Kovu, so I feel like I’m more inclined, now, to include outside sounds and electronics in my music because I’ve been exposed to that. So, that’s pretty cool, a pretty interesting kind of music.
What kind of music do you play?
It’s like Indie-folk, or Indie-pop, some of it. I don’t know, it depends on the song, but it’s mostly Indie.
What do you think is unique about your music?
That’s a good question. I think my music is, lyrically, a little bit nuts. Like a bit mad. The words are very- not mad good! I mean, a bit unhinged, and very obsessive, my lyrics. Which I don’t think is really representative of me, but I think lyrically, I like writing songs that are ambiguous in nature, in that it could be a really happy song, or you could interpret it as something completely different. So, maybe that’s what’s different about my music.
So, what inspired the songs on your EP?
Well, I kind of went through a pretty rough month, last month. I was in a bit of an existential crisis. Then, I just decided I’m gonna actually do something with my music and have a bit of an aim. I mean, a month was a pretty ridiculous aim but we did it. The music on it is all pretty much about just, that weird limbo stage where I was unsure about pretty much everything in my life, and music was a good way to write it out, I guess. And especially the last song, ‘alright’, is pretty symbolic. I wrote that one last and it was kind of like the line where I just left all that stuff behind and it’s gonna be alright.
What do you think of the youth arts scene in Perth?
That’s a good question. I feel there’s definitely opportunity to meet other people in Arts and to progress your art. And there’s a lot of opportunities to be heard, but I don’t feel like there’s that much opportunity to break into the industry in a more global sense. I feel like Perth is a very self-contained arts space, I guess, because there’s no labels here or anything, so it’s pretty hard to get out there to the point where you can distribute everywhere. If that makes sense.
Yeah, but I think it’s a really positive environment, and there’s a lot of new music here and music that’s really creative and cool, and a lot of amazing youth musicians, like at my launch. All those people are just people I know and there’s even more people everywhere. So, yeah, I think it’s healthy. That’s a good word for it.
What’s one question no one’s ever asked you about yourself or your music, but you wish they had?
That’s a good question. That question! No, I don’t know. I can’t think of anything I want someone to ask me about. I want someone to ask what political party I support.
The Greens, okay? You can put that on the internet because I feel very strongly about this. Actually, wait, ask me what I think about Global Warming. I think it’s real and I think we should be really scared by it.
I’d like to write some music about Global Warming, though. I’d like to do more political music, but I find it hard to write because you want to be exactly to the point without being like you’re lecturing people.
Photography courtesy of Winda Adjani Photography.