Tourist life at heart of singer
Local Coral Bay musician Miss Max has won the North West Festival’s Best of the North West band competition.
Miss Max, whose full name is Max-Ann Duffett, will open the second day of the festival with a set of her soulful acoustic tunes.
Duffett, 21, was up against fellow finalists, Karratha- based rock band Manhattan’s Wake and solo act Bojesse Pigram, in the competition, which was decided by public vote.
She said she was very excited to play at the Port Hedland weekender next month.
“I haven’t played a gig this big, but I think I’m more excited than nervous at the moment,” she said.
“Maybe a bit closer to the date, I might get a bit more nervous.”
Duffett is fairly new to the music scene, having only learnt the guitar three years ago.
Originally from Busselton, Duffett moved to Coral Bay when she was 16 and now works as a deck hand and tour guide.
The main theme of her first recently released EP, Gypsea Heart, draws a lot of inspiration from the ocean and the transient nature of a tourist town.
“I have a habit of writing about the ocean, which is sort of expected with what I do as work, but being in such a transient community and having so many tourists and travellers passing through,” she said.
“It’s pretty much me writing about the lifestyles of the people that come through town and highlighting that.”
Duffett recorded her EP in the South West with indie-folk musician and Pilbara regular Dave Mann.
The record was well received, staying at No.2 on the Triple J Unearthed roots charts for five weeks and beating The Waifs for top spot on the iTunes singer/songwriter charts.
Duffett will bring her set back to the Pilbara in September on her first Australian tour.
For more information about Miss Max, visit her Facebook page or missmax.com.au.
Miss Max (Max-Ann Duffett) will open the second day of the North West Festival.