Tas­ma­nian singer Asta speaks with Sally Coates about her Shine al­bum and tour that will see her light up Cooly Ho­tel this week­end

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It hasn’t been an easy ride since Asta won Triple J Un­earthed High in 2012, with the fa­bled strug­gles of new-found fame prov­ing to be very real. But now she’s back and bet­ter than ever.

It’s been quite a while since we’ve heard from you and now you’ve got this whole al­bum ... can you fill us in on lost time?

I was in a headspace dur­ing that time of writ­ing the record. I was quite down, feel­ing a bit lost and not sure of how things were go­ing to work out. So I wanted to write a record that made me feel happy. Mu­sic def­i­nitely solves prob­lems.

Do you think that had any­thing to do with be­ing dis­cov­ered so young? Did it com­pli­cate things?

It was an amaz­ing thing to be dis­cov­ered dur­ing high school, but it was also quite a lot to take in. I’ve man­aged to get a ca­reer out of it, which many amaz­ing mu­si­cians aren’t lucky enough to have. But in say­ing that I didn’t know what I wanted to do or put out. I had to fig­ure it out as I went along. I was in and out of song writ­ing ses­sions, work­ing with a lot of writ­ers and pro­duc­ers in Syd­ney. It was a re­ally good ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause I got to meet peo­ple and feel more in the mu­sic scene. But I never felt like any­thing was re­ally me. It was al­ways like “cool song” then noth­ing ever hap­pened from it.

What was the turn­ing point?

Ba­si­cally I went back to a writer I worked with on Dy­na­mite with All­day (2015). One of my girl­friends, Aure­lia – I’d just had enough so I called her up and said “Let’s write again”. I got her to come into stu­dio with a pro­ducer called Yeo, who I met quite re­cently, and that was re­ally life-chang­ing. I went down and met him in Mel­bourne and we wrote over a week­end and that’s how it hap­pened. It was re­ally a mag­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence.

So what was the dif­fer­ence be­tween that ex­pe­ri­ence and what you’d been do­ing in Syd­ney?

When I heard his mu­sic I re­ally liked it. I thought, “This guy’s re­ally cool, I re­ally like what he’s pro­duc­ing”. It felt good that I chose him in­stead of a record la­bel or­gan­is­ing col­lab­o­ra­tions. There was no pres­sure and I’m quite lucky to have done that, not to have a la­bel or peo­ple tell me what songs to write. It was a re­ally re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment. It was fun and I think that shows.

So now it’s all done and you’re on tour. Has it worked? Are you feel­ing more your­self?

Writ­ing with Yeo was a re­ally eu­phoric feel­ing be­cause ev­ery­thing felt so good, I felt back to my­self. I’m glad I waited. I could have put songs out, like 50 songs, but all those songs prob­a­bly would have died any­way. That’s what I like about this al­bum – we’re not writ­ing to fol­low a trend. Like with Shine, the sin­gle, it’s elec­tronic but also has a lot of min­i­mal­ist funk el­e­ments. I re­ally care about this al­bum and this mu­sic. I feel like I can con­nect to these songs and re­ally have fun per­form­ing it ev­ery night.

Asta is per­form­ing at the Coolan­gatta Ho­tel on Sun­day.

Tas­ma­nian singer Asta has been re­dis­cov­er­ing her mu­sic.

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