We are Shep­pard

We caught up with sis­ters Amy and Emma from the Aussie band.

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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?

E: Never!

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.

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