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..
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.