MON­STER DE­BUT

SNAP UP AMY SHARK’S AL­BUM

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - AM­BER MACPHER­SON

It’s quite a feat – main­tain­ing a sweet­heart ex­te­rior while keep­ing up with the de­mands of be­ing one of the most talked about Aus­tralian artists in years.

Per­for­mances, tours, in­ter­views, fes­ti­vals … this is the life of Gold Coast songstress Amy Shark.

For now, her whirl­wind tour­ing sched­ule is on hia­tus, but she’s busy pro­mot­ing her de­but al­bum Love Mon­ster, set for re­lease to­mor­row, as well as an Aus­tralian al­bum tour kick­ing off next month.

Those of you lucky enough to snag Splen­dour in the Grass tick­ets have the chance to see her per­form her new live show next Satur­day, fea­tur­ing the sin­gle I Said Hi.

“The whole set is go­ing to be dif­fer­ent. I’m play­ing way big­ger venues – ev­ery­thing’s taken that ex­tra step,” Amy says. “Ev­ery­thing has been taken to the next level dra­mat­i­cally.

“The al­bum has 14 new songs on it. It’s my whole world now, this record. Ev­ery­thing I have in me is go­ing in to live shows.”

It was her 2016 sin­gle Adore that shot her to in­ter­na­tional star­dom, com­ing in at num­ber two on Triple J’s Hottest 100 and see­ing her nom­i­nated for mul­ti­ple ARIA and APRA awards.

Her tal­ents caught the at­ten­tion of Grammy-award win­ning song­writer Joel Lit­tle, su­per pro­ducer Jack Antonoff and Blink 182 front­man Mark Hop­pus.

She’s also per­formed at global mu­sic con­fer­ence South by South­west and per­formed

on Jimmy Fal­lon’s The Tonight Show and The Late Late Show with James Cor­den.

But Amy’s huge suc­cess al­most never came to be, and you can recog­nise it in I Said Hi – a jab at ev­ery­one who ig­nored her in her quest for a ca­reer in mu­sic.

“I al­most gave up on mu­sic be­fore I re­leased Adore,” Amy says.

“With my his­tory of try­ing to make waves in the mu­sic in­dus­try, I Said Hi is a re­ally pas­sive ag­gres­sive song.

“It’s such an an­them. But it’s more than that, it’s for any­one bat­tling and try­ing to fight for some­thing that they be­lieve in. That’s what I want the song to stand for.”

Amy Shark plays NightQuar­ter, He­lensvale on Septem­ber 8. Love Mon­ster comes out to­mor­row on iTunes and in mu­sic shops.

Gold Coast songstress Amy Shark re­leases her de­but al­bum Love Mon­ster to­mor­row.

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