Singer hosts open chat

Cockburn Gazette - - MUSIC -

AS long as you are brave enough to ask it, Abbe May is pre­pared to answer it.

The singer-song­writer is host­ing an open dis­cus­sion as part of a two-night fundraiser for her sixth stu­dio al­bum, Red Flag.

“I’m an in­de­pen­dent artist and it’s a chang­ing in­dus­try,” May said.

“I’m head­ing into what’s known as mid­ca­reer, so I’m tech­ni­cally not con­sid­ered a youth any­more, and a lot of what our in­dus­try is struc­tured for is to sup­port young artists.

“So now I’m look­ing at broader ways to fund my work out­side of the in­dus­try. I thought rather than ha­rass­ing peo­ple with crowd-fund­ing cam­paigns, I might just put on two shows as an of­fer­ing for some sup­port as I head into this record­ing phase.”

The fundraiser will in­volve two “dis­tinctly dif­fer­ent” nights at Clancy’s Fish Pub in Fre­man­tle on June 14 and 15.

“I wanted to give a lit­tle bit more in­sight into as­pects of the way I work, the struc­tures of the work and par­tic­u­larly the way I use cathar­sis as a driv­ing force for mak­ing these records,” May said.

“So on the first night, in a solo set­ting, I wanted to make my­self avail­able to any ques­tions about this.

“Then on the se­cond night, my band The Perth Girls and I will be do­ing a dou­ble set be­cause we’ve got five al­bums now plus songs from the new record that are ready to play.”

May said she was “re­ally look­ing for­ward” to the gigs and was will­ing to answer any ques­tion thrown at her.

“I don’t have any­thing to hide,” she said.

“I tend to spend a lot of time fo­cus­ing on as­pects of truth, know­ing that my per­cep­tion of an ex­pe­ri­ence is my own per­cep­tion and it’s not nec­es­sar­ily 100 per cent ex­actly how some­thing has gone down.

“So with the Q and A, I’m re­ally ex­cited to dis­cuss this kind of thing and when you’re as com­fort­able with the re­al­ity of truth as I have be­come, I don’t mind. You can ask me any­thing and if you’re pre­pared to ask me, I’ll re­spond.”

All money raised will go to­wards record­ing, mix­ing and re­leas­ing Red Flag, which May de­scribed as “study of nar­cis­sism and ex­is­ten­tial­ism” de­liv­ered in a way that went back to her roots.

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