We are Sheppard
We caught up with sisters Amy and Emma from the Aussie band.
ICYMI, Sheppard are having a major moment rn. Their new album, Watching The Sky, hit #1 on the ARIA charts and they’re killing it overseas. We chatted to Amy and Emma Sheppard about their new music and life on the road. Congrats on the album! How does it feel to finally have it out there?
EMMA: It’s a relief!
AMY: We’ve been sitting on some of the songs for three or four years, so it’s been a long time in the making.
Amy, you and your brother George usually do all of the songwriting. What was your approach this time?
A: This is the first time we’ve collaborated on any songs – because we wrote Bombs Away all by ourselves – so we headed over to LA to write with some of the best writers in the industry. We were really apprehensive to do it at first, but we’re so glad we did because it helped open our eyes and ears to a whole bunch of other sounds.
What’s it like being in a band with your siblings?
E: I think there’s more advantages because in this industry it’s hard to trust people, but we know we can trust each other and have each other’s backs.
Have you always been a musical family?
A: We weren’t like the Partridge family or anything! I think our parents just listened to a lot of music in the house. Dad always loved playing Cat Stevens and he loved country music like Dolly Parton, which used to drive us mad, but he had a really wide collection so we got exposed to a ton of music from a really young age.
What was the first gig you went to?
E: We went together and it was The Black Eyed Peas in Brisbane. We thought it was so cool!
What’s the most embarrassing music in your playlist right now?
E: I really like Meghan Trainor’s music and I listen to it by myself and dance around, but if I play it around other people I get embarrassed.
A: I love ’90s songs, so you’d find a lot of The Corrs or
Alanis Morissette on mine.
What was the moment in your career where you felt like you made it?
A: The most memorable definitely has to be performing on Ellen and The Tonight
Show starring Jimmy Fallon.
It’s weird, because it’s like you’re inside the TV.
E: It happens so fast though, you just can’t believe it actually happened.
A: And we did Rock in Rio, the biggest festival, and for some reason we were right before Sam Smith and Rihanna – who were headlining – and we were on the biggest stage and it was insane.
How was it being on the road?
E: It’s really difficult. You get up on stage and it’s great for an hour, but then you’re loading stuff into the van and getting to the airport or getting to the hotel, living out of a suitcase.
A: But once you’re on the stage you just forget all about it, but it’s a shame it’s only such a small part of what we do.
Amy, your blue hair has become as recognisable as the band itself! Will you ever be able to change it?
A: I have been missing my brown hair – my boyfriend has never seen me with brown hair, so I think he’d like me to change it. I do miss my natural colour sometimes, but I think if I ever went back I’d regret it after a week and want it back to blue.
Emma, have you ever considered dyeing your hair a crazy colour?
E: I’ve had a bit of a pink tinge in my hair before, but even then I didn’t like it.
What do you want Sheppard to be remembered for?
A: I just hope we’re remembered for writing music that’s respected. We’re home-grown and we want to be remembered for being authentic.