HER MIDDLE NAME IS MELBA
What music are you currently grooving to? Beverly Glenn-Copeland, Kurt Vile’s Bottle It In, Lonnie Holley, Joan As Police Woman, Laura Jean, Sampa The Great, Bedouine, Waxahatchee, M.I.A., Cat Power’s Wanderer, Low’s Double Negative, Anna Calvi’s Hunter, Blood Orange’s Negro Swan, the new Marianne Faithfull album – or any Marianne Faithfull album, they’re all great.
What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album? Naturally by Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. I love other albums by Gillian Welch and Wilco, but this is an album I can easily listen to from start to finish at any given time.
What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it? Grease, the soundtrack. I bought it from the shopping mall in Sydney. Besides Pulp Fiction it’s the movie I’ve watched more than anything else. And Rizzo is one of the coolest characters ever, even though I didn’t think so when I first watched it.
Which musician, other than yourself, have you ever wanted to be? Jimi Hendrix. My brother made me a mixtape when I was 10 [with] Jimi, Nirvana and No Doubt on it. I rinsed it on repeat – it was what made me start playing guitar. He’s the only other musician I would be dying to collaborate with.
What do you sing in the shower? Rowland S Howard’s Shivers. I heard Boys Next Door when I started listening to Nick Cave, and I discovered Rowland wrote one of my favourite Birthday Party songs, Shivers.
What is your favourite Saturday night record? Lauryn Hill, The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill.
And your Sunday morning record? Carole King’s Tapestry.