We caught up with the Aussie singer to get the goss on her new album.
We adore her
She’s obsessed with the same soundtrack as us, she grew up reading Girlfriend, she’s someone you could instantly become best friends with, and after hanging out with her we had a sudden urge to go out and buy a black Adidas hoodie. It’s time you got to know Amy Shark.
What’s your main theme behind the album?
The main theme behind the album is exactly what the title pretty much is. I think the way I’m looking at this album, now I hear it in its entirety, it’s like when you delve into a new series and the first two seasons are just so epic, because people are crushing on each other and then someone else likes that person, and maybe they don’t last, but then they get together and there’s a death… there are all these things that happen in these first two seasons and they’re the best seasons. This album is just full of good stuff.
Tell us the story behind your single ‘I Said Hi’
It’s kind of passive-aggressive. When I signed to management, my managers would end up saying “we’ve got a meeting with blah blah today” and there would be someone that I had tried to get a meeting with ages ago and I’d just end up saying “Oh tell them I said hi.” It’s just about my struggle. I want it to be an anthem for anyone trying to swim against the current.
What’s your songwriting process like?
I’m always trying to look for a different thing that sounds either really pretty or really cool. Then I’ll try to get a melody happening. If I’m ‘on’ it’s great. With ‘Adore’ the first three lines, “I’m just gonna stand with my bag hanging off my left arm” and I was like ‘I’m in this now’, and everything came out and it was done in 10 minutes. It was the same with ‘I Said Hi’, it’s great when that happens but it’s not always like that.
Who would you say are your musical inuences for this album?
I listen to a lot of music but I don’t listen to it and think, “I want to sound like that.” The music that I’m drawn to is just honest, passionate and raw stuff. I do listen to a lot of Amy Winehouse still; I listen to a lot of rap like Post Malone and Uzi Vert. And I still borrow ideas from those punk hooks that I used to love back in the day, like from Blink 182.
What is something people will be surprised to nd in your iPhone music?
The Greatest Showman soundtrack. Dead set, I listen to it all the time. I’ve got so many random things, like I’ve got the West Side Story soundtrack and Dawson’s Creek.
What’s been a ‘wow’ moment in your career?
I met Katie Holmes. She was coming to a show and I had a drink with her before it. I’m such a big Dawson’s Creek fan – and of her in general – and I was just sitting there like, “I cant believe I’m sitting here with Katie Holmes!” so that was cool.
What’s the rst album you remember buying?
It was Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette and I got it home and it had one of those warning stickers on it and my mum saw it and made me take it back. She was like “you can’t have that, it’s got swearing on it!” So now I make the point with every album I put out, I want the warning sticker on it.
What’s the rst concert you went to?
Silverchair with my parents. It was pretty good. It was when they released Diorama.
When you were a teenager who did you have posters of on your wall?
Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, Usher, and then I went through a big 2Pac phase. East side, west side, I was like, “I got to pick a side, and this is intense!” I was this little girl from the Gold Coast and I felt like I needed to pick a side, like someone was going to come and shoot me if I didn’t.
Who’s someone – dead or alive – you haven’t seen that you would love to see?
Amy Winehouse. It still hurts me that it will never happen.