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Interview: Bec Sandridge

RAD LIFE

Interview: Bec Sandridge

Natasha Martin

Bec Sandridge is a rising star who you NEED to listen to right away (if you haven't already). Get ready to be jamming to some of the funkiest tunes you've ever listened to.

Bec was first introduced to audiences when she scored a big win with Triple J's unearthed Yours and Owls 2015 competition. With top hits like Over The Sea, You're A Fucking Joke, High Tide and In The Fog, In The Flame, listeners were thrilled with such uniqueness, along with her rad style. She recently played with The Rubens at some very special zoo shows in Sydney and Melbourne, and now is following that up with her recently announced national tour. We were lucky enough to speak to Bec about her upcoming shows, what to expect, what she is most excited about as an artist and upcoming festivals. 

Photo by @t.sueyek

Photo by @t.sueyek

So your national tour starts in a couple of weeks, are there any surprises that fans can expect?

I think we might be doing a bit of cover, possibly a cover of a well-known Australian Band, but can’t say too much, don’t want to give it away but hopefully fans will enjoy it, should be exciting!

Awesome! We have to ask... are you excited for the Adelaide show?

Yeah of course! I’m super excited for this tour. I get to play in a bunch of locations I’ve never played before, like Newcastle and Byron Bay. Some of my favourite and closest friends are from Adelaide, so it will be nice to see them there. Hopefully if anyone has any good touristy locations in Adelaide they should shoot them through, should be good fun!

You've just been announced on the Bad Friday lineup with DMA's and The Jezabels, as well as The Big Pineapple lineup. What are you most excited about with these upcoming festivals?

I get to see some of my favourite bands perform, and get to play my shows. I feel super lucky that I get to play along some really talented songwriters, with like the DMA’s, The Jezabels and Alex Lahey and people I really respect, it’s inspiring seeing and hearing such great musicians, so it’s a pretty good pat on the back.

Speaking of festivals, what would be your ultimate festival lineup?

Fleetwood Mac, Beyonce and maybe some friends on there like Alex Lahey, Camp Cope, and probably War On Drugs and Bruce Springsteen. That would be pretty cool.

What are your favourite songs to play live?

Hmm, well I have this one song called “I Keep Running Back”; I really like that one, bit of a sad boogie. Besides that, there is this new song that I wrote called “The Great Divide” I like that one, [it's] a bit punky so that’s always good fun.

How would you describe your sound to new fans?

I’ve been saying “disco spaghetti pop” a lot lately, but I’m not one hundred percent sold on that, so maybe, I don’t know, either that or just sad boogie. They’re all pretty sad lyrically but I think they’re all fun and danceable.

Besides guitar, are there any other instruments that you play?

Not really. I tried to learn piano for two terms but I just sucked at it [laughs], so singing and guitar are just safe options to admit to playing. But yeah I’m pretty hopeless at piano.

What are you most excited about as an artist?

Well at the moment I’m itching to record. I recorded this EP like two years ago so I’m excited to just jump back into the studio and record an album. I’m also really excited for the immediate future jumping onto this tour, and getting my first national tour. Then I’m just excited that the crowd get to see my live music, it’s one of the most exciting things you can do.

So you're pretty excited all round then! Who would you say are your musical influences?

My musical influences definitely vary, but people like Bombay Bicycle Club, Bruce Springsteen, War On Drugs and Kate Bush, yeah a bit of everything really.

Now for the last and most serious question, what is your favourite T.V show?

Ooh, if I feel like something light-hearted then something like Broad City or Parks and Recreation, I really like Orange Is The New Black but um let’s say Parks and Recreation!

Photo by @g.g.mcg

Photo by @g.g.mcg

If you would like to catch the radical Bec Sandridge live in concert, check out the tour dates below!

TOUR DATES

THU 23RD FEB: THE CAMBRIDGE HOTEL, NEWCASTLE

FRI 3RD MAR: JIMMY'S DEN, PERTH

SAT 4TH & SUN 5TH MAR: NANNUP MUSIC FESTIVAL

FRI 10TH MAR: THE FOUNDRY, BRISBANE

SAT 11TH MAR: THE NORTHERN, BYRON BAY

FRI 17TH MAR: ROCKET BAR, ADELAIDE

THU 23RD MAR: NEWTON SOCIAL CLUB, SYDNEY

FRI 24TH MAR: GARDEN PARTY @ WOLLONGONG UNI, WOLLONGONG

SAT 1ST APR: NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, MELBOURNE

If you would also like to keep up to date everything Bec Sandridge, then head to her facebook page BEC SANDRIDGEInstagram @becsandsridge and Youtube Bec Sandridge.

 

All images provided via Bec Sandridge facebook page