Hi Kim. Take us back to the very beginning, to when music became a pivotal part of your life. How did you evolve as an artist from there?
When I was really young, my mum decided to get some guitar lessons, and then I showed a little interest and she started passing down her lessons each week to me when she got home. For some reason I just really gravitated to the guitar. Not music, exactly … but mastering the guitar felt like moving towards the person I wanted to be. I took classical guitar exams for about ten years, and it wasn’t until I was 16 that I started really loving songwriting and the musical processes. I also started busking around then.
I had a lot of nostalgia for the small folk festivals we would go to when I was younger, and I started applying for them. When I started getting into some of them, I figured I had better start playing folk music. I didn’t really know what that was (still don’t entirely) but I loved Bob Dylan and figured if I wrote songs on an acoustic guitar and incorporated a bit of my classical vibe, it would do the trick. It’s kinda all stemmed from there.
2017 saw the release of your sixth studio album. Tell us about the inspiration behind this body of work and also the recording/ production process …
Well, it’s an album that was written in a week after scrapping an album I had spent three years on. It’s about getting past a difficult time, celebrating the relentless movements of life – and especially when you’re moving past or through challenging stuff. It was an important one for me to get out of my unconscious. The beginning of a new cycle is a profound time, I think. It can be awful if it’s a hard and darker cycle of your life, but if it gives you that liberating feeling of new beginnings, then that seems worth a little celebration and some songs.
Generally, what inspires you musically?
Absolutely everything! But, do you mean bands in particular? That’s changing pretty consistently. At the moment I’m really enjoying The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Good stuff!
You’re playing at this year’s Jetty Food and Wine festival here in Coffs Harbour. What’s your favourite cuisine and why?
Ha! That’s REALLY hard. I don’t know. I have really fond memories of Tokyo and how incredible the food was there. But then, similarly with Mexico. I could safely rule out Peru, I think … but then who could go past a good Irish pub stew! Hmmmm …
Do you like to get into the kitchen and cook when you’re not on the road?
I do. But I’m not often “not” on the road. I do a lot of cooking out of my van – ramen, omelettes, stir fries – easy stuff, mainly using ingredients that don’t need refrigeration (as I don’t have a fridge in my van).
What have you got planned for the next 12 months?
Well, I want to record four EPs that go together – like quarters of a circle. Each one is recorded in a different part of the world. I’m deep in that at the moment. It should start coming out early next year.