Seeker Lover Keeper came to fruition when three of Australia’s favourite female artists decided to work together. Sarah Blasko, Holly Throsby and Sally Seltmann will be bringing their new collaboration to Bellingen this month. Sally takes us behind the scenes.
You, Sarah Blasko and Holly Throsby are all amazing musicians in your own right, so tell us about the birth of Seeker Lover Keeper.
I think it kind of all happened one night after Sarah and Holly had come to see me play a show. We went for a drink after the show and were talking about how great it would be to work together on some level, and then I think I was the one who suggested that maybe we start a band together.
We kept talking about it and a few months would go by before we’d catch up again. We ended up sending each other demos that we’d written for the band, and then it just all seemed to happen.
How would you describe the style of music you are now creating?
I describe it as sort of home style, kind of live sounding, emotional music with some great harmonies.
You recorded the album in New York. What was that experience like?
Yeah, it was great. We were there for about 2 weeks in August last year, and it was very hot! We all stayed together in an apartment and we pretty much just went to the studio every day and worked very hard.
We only had 10 days in the studio, but we chose to do it like that because we wanted it to sound quite live. It was a lot of songs to get done and a challenge to get the best takes in such a short amount of time.
Do you have a favourite track on the album?
My favourite changes all the time. I really love the first song Bring Me Back, which is one that Sarah wrote. It’s a really pretty song. We all recorded that together live; Sarah was playing guitar and singing, and Holly and I sang harmonies, and we wanted it to have this real campfire quality to it. Sarah has said it’s about looking back on your childhood.
Who have been some of the artists who have influenced your work?
Lots of different people. I learnt classical piano when I was young, so I really love the old composers, then I got really into bands like Sonic Youth. But I also really love people like Nina Simone and things like that. I have quite a broad taste in music.
Tell us about the tour you’re about to embark on.
We’re really excited that Jim White is going to be coming out from New York, and he’s going to play drums on the tour. And then we’ve got a guy called Dave Symes, who is going to be playing bass.
There’s a lot of live harmonies, and we’re just going to work on putting a lot of energy and emotion into the performances. There will be a few surprises about what songs we’re going to play and that sort of thing, though.
You’re stopping in Bellingen. Have you been to the Coffs Coast before?
I don’t think I’ve been to Bellingen before, but I think I’ve been to Coffs Harbour. I’m looking forward to going to Bellingen actually, because a lot of people tell me how beautiful it is and that it’s a really great town.
I always look forward to seeing a new town and checking out some of the op shops and bookshops and things like that.
Thanks Sally. Good luck with the tour.