On the stage of the Black Bear Lodge, triple j unearthed featured artist Gordi played some of her best songs after her return from touring in the US. I was lucky enough to sit down and ask her some questions about the tour, being a small upcoming artist, her stage shows and juggling being a uni student and musician.
So how was touring overseas?
“I’m not a pessimist but I’m definitely a realist and I thought we’d be playing some shit shows, but the whole thing was great, we played in LA for 400 people and there was even people singing along there and you’ll never get over that, it’s mind blowing. It was good exposure, it’s a real progression, word of mouth is the best exposure you can get.”
Your lighting show is phenomenal, the bulbs that dim and relight in time with the music is really cool. A lot of smaller aritsts I see don’t have lighting shows let alone such an impressive one, what inspired it, is there a meaning behind the bulbs?
“I’d be lying if I said there was symbolism behind it, I should make up something for my next interview! But I think the main thing was just wanting to step it up a notch it makes all the difference for the audience. Visual stuff is just important as hearing the sound.”
You had a minor hiccup in the show earlier tonight when you forgot the lyrics when you were covering one of Courtney Barnetts singles, what was going through you head?
“I’ve always had the fear I would forget the lyrics, as I was coming up to the verse I was sort of thinking, I can’t remember the next line but I just thought it would come to me, then I realised it wasn’t coming and I was just looking around thinking shit.”
How did you start with it all, when was the first time you were like, 'okay yep, I want to do this music thing for real'?
“ Yeah, well, I recorded some songs but the reason my EP took so long to come out is the most basic reason ever – I’m a uni student, I had no money to record all the songs at once. From there I hired a radio plugger and they give triple j a list of songs they’re plugging, which is what my label does now and every week on a Tuesday the triple J heads meet and they run through the songs and decide what they’re going to put on full rotation, what they’re going to put on spot rotation.”
So you’re a university student aswell as being your musical self, what inspired you to combine the two?
“Music and medicine are really different, but I like both of them, I’ve always loved music and I really like medicine, working with people so I was just like, lets just keep doing both.”
Most people struggle just being a Med student or just trying to break into the music industry, what’s it like doing both?
“At the moment I’m on a placement for my degree, so I take Wednesday as a music day and I get on a plane, fly to where I need to be playing that night then on Thursday I fly back into Sydney and drive to my placement which is around 3 hours out of Sydney. At the moment it’s mayhem.”
So if you’re musical diet includes Fleet Foxes, Laura Marling, Daughter and Maggie Rogers you should Gordi to your plate. You can keep your eye out for the 22 year old indie folk singer as she puts out more shows and more music on her website at gordisounds.tumblr.com
CHATTING TO CUB SPORT ABOUT PLAYING FOR AN AUDIENCE, BEING CUB SCOUTS, TRIPLE J LIKE A VERSION AND MORE.
On the backbone of their new album “This is Our Vice” Brisbane quartet Cub Sport commenced their Aus tour last Friday at The Foundry.
The dynamic four welded together after Tim, Sam and Zoe met in high school and made the addition of Dan later to make their originally named band Cub Scouts. But after a threatening law suit from Scouts Australia, they turned to Cub Sport. “If you still remember when we were Cub Scouts thanks for staying with us, it’s been a while.” Tim laughs.
I stood amongst the other Cub Sport enthusiasts and listened to them play their top tracks of their upcoming but successful journey as a band, and was lucky enough to catch up afterwards to meet them and chat.
When I asked lead guitarist Zoe about her favourite part about playing she replied with “Seeing everyone singing the lyrics, and people buying t-shirts, oh you guys bought t-shirts!”
They played their well received Triple J Like a Version cover of Kanye West’s Ultra Light Beam. “Doing Like a Version was pretty exciting.” Tim admitted, “I’m even wearing my Yeezus shirt tonight.”
Riding the high of a rocking show Cub Sport ended the night with a requested encore of Evie, a song not written about a girl but in fact as I found out, about frontman Tim and keyboard and backup singer Sam’s dog.
I was confused when they told the audience how much they wished they could’ve bought both their dogs on tour.
“What’s that got to do with anything?” I asked my cousin.
“That’s who the songs about, their dog Evie.” She replied.
And I mean with the lyrics,
“I know a girl who's never said a word
And I don't think she can
I know a girl you think that you can stop
But I don't think you can,
So don't turn your back tonight
Don't close the door and turn out the lights,
Just let her in.”
How did I not know it was about a dog.
If you’re in Melbourne or Sydney you can still catch them this weekend at the Northcote or Newtown Social Clubs, or later in their year at Caxton Street Festival amongst a killer line up.