With a debut EP just around the corner, Aussie musician Hatchie is well and truly coming into her own
A meteoric rise has made Aussie musician Hatchie one to watch.
Hatchie (aka 24-year-old Harriette Pilbeam) is what you could call an instant success. Within 24 hours of entering the world via Triple J’s Unearthed website in May, her track “Try” had been played on the broadcaster not just once, but three times, and hit the top of its charts soon after. Before the week was out, the Brisbane musician had nabbed what some artists take years to land: representation not just here, but in the UK and Europe (she’s now repped in the US and Canada, too). Building on that momentum with her second single “Sure”, she’s now working on new material for an EP, due early next year – calling on musical influences as wide as The Sundays and New Order to Carly Rae Jepsen. She’ll appear alongside local faves Meg Mac and The Preatures at Festival Of The Sun in December, but this month you can see her at The Plot – and witness her amazing talent firsthand.
THE SUCCESS OF “TRY” WAS SURREAL. I wasn’t expecting anybody to really care, especially not that quickly. I wrote most of it in 2015, sat on it for a year, then fleshed it out and recorded it in 2016. It felt like a huge weight was lifted after [it was released] – things started falling into place.
THE SONG CAME FROM A PRETTY SAD PLACE. It represents the feeling of hopelessness when you think you have no control over the situation you’re in, when all you can do is try to lift yourself up and move forward. I wrote the verses, which are pretty negative, first when I felt really uninspired. The chorus has a [more] optimistic message – I felt like the song needed a big lift. I really enjoy mixing melancholy lyrics with bright sounds.
“TRY” GAVE ME THE CONFIDENCE TO START MY
Before starting Hatchie, I played bass and sung backing OWN PROJECT. vocals in [bands] Go Violets and Babaganouj. I wanted to pursue something with a different production, writing and vocal style, but didn’t really take it seriously until I wrote “Try”.
THERE ARE A COUPLE OF TRACKS THAT ARE STRAIGHT-UP SUGARYSWEET
– about POP, AND OTHERS THAT ARE A LOT DARKER friendships, romance, fights, hopelessness, euphoria and quarter-life crises... I’m excited to finish recording so everybody can hear them.
“I WASN’T EXPECTING ANYBODY TO REALLY CARE, ESPECIALLY NOT THAT QUICKLY”