GODLANDS ONE HELL OF A HELL­RAISER

GODLANDS BRIINGS HER CRAZIINESS TO TOWNSVIILLE NEXT WEEK­END.. GODLANDS,, ALSO KNOWN AS ANNABEL HARLETT,, TELLS THE EYE WHAT IIT’’ S LIIKE TO BE A FE­MALE ELECTRONIIC,, TRAP AND BASS DJJ IIN TO­DAY’’ S RAPIIDLY EVOLVIING IINDUSTRY..

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HOW DO YOU DE­SCRIBE GOD­LANDS?

My el­e­va­tor pitch would be a hell raiser with a good heart and laugh­able dance moves.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE MU­SIC SCENE?

You know how your teach­ers tell you maths is such an im­por­tant sub­ject at school? Turns out that’s true, coz I was busy not do­ing maths in maths class and I stum­bled on a video of the Bloody Beet­roots per­form­ing. As soon as I watched that I knew I wanted to be a statis­ti­cian. Just kid­ding, but that’s what sparked my pas­sion for elec­tronic mu­sic. I got a job at a bak­ery to make enough money to buy the equip­ment (with the help of my brother) and then started to teach my­self through Youtube tu­to­ri­als and prac­tice. Now here we are!

WHAT IN­SPIRED YOU TO BE­COME A DJ?

If we’re get­ting spe­cific, it was the Bloody Beet­roots’ Cor­nelius video. It was ac­tu­ally filmed in the club in Ade­laide I went on to have a res­i­dency and work at, so that in it­self was also really cool.

WHAT SKILLS DID YOU HONE IN THAT ROLE?

One big part of DJing is the abil­ity to lis­ten to two things at once. You need to hear your lead track as well as your mix and it can be a chal­lenge -- and the au­di­ence can tell if it’s not su­per tight, and it can wreck the en­ergy. The irony is that my mum would tell you that I have dif­fi­culty hear­ing one thing, let alone two.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS/DREAMS/HOPES FOR THE FU­TURE MU­SIC/PER­FORM­ING-WISE?

Next on my bucket list is play­ing shows in Amer­ica. I get a lot of re­quests from fans over­seas to head over there, but I’m also really con­scious to make it over­seas when I’ve got a bit more of an ‘ex­pe­ri­ence’ to share with fans… it’s in the works! I’m also really keen to col­lab­o­rate with other artists as well. I spent a lot of time hon­ing my own sound, and I fi­nally feel like I’m at a point where I can con­trib­ute my­self without los­ing my style. And of course, my real goal at the end of day is to be able to head­line a fes­ti­val.

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR LAT­EST SIN­GLE?

My lat­est sin­gle is 2 Clips, which you can get on Dim Mak for free! It’s a bel­ter that’s de­signed as a min­i­mal club track for late nights and sweaty dance­floors -- as a lot of my mu­sic tends to be. But hey, my next sin­gle fea­tures a very tal­ented Aus­tralian vo­cal­ist… so keep your eyes peeled for that one!

WHAT DO YOU LIKE/DON’T LIKE ABOUT TOUR­ING?

I love meet­ing fans and con­nect­ing with them, it gives me so much en­ergy and drive to keep do­ing what I’m do­ing. But of course the nat­u­ral down­side is that con­stant trav­el­ling can just be really tire­some. Some­times I’m only in one place for about 10 hours and then I’m back on a flight, or need to drive hours to get my next con­nec­tion. I try not to com­plain too much though -- late nights and early flights are just the con­ces­sion in what is oth­er­wise a bless­ing to do what I do.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF MU­SIC/CA­REER-WISE?

I try and look at this project as a whole, rather than com­part­men­tal­is­ing it, so I think God­lands in gen­eral I’m su­per proud of. We’ve been pa­tient with this project, we haven’t rushed it, and we’ve been fo­cus­ing on grow­ing it or­gan­i­cally and not do­ing too much too soon. So to see how much it’s grown over the past year is crazy. I’ve got so much more in the pipe­line that’s not just mu­sic that I’m so keen to in­tro­duce, so maybe we can re­visit this ques­tion af­ter all that.

WHAT CAN THE TOWNSVILLE AU­DI­ENCE EX­PECT?

En­ergy. Lots of en­ergy. And maybe an op­por­tu­nity to raise a lit­tle hell.

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