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Nussy: Single Launch at The Gallery Bar

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Nussy 'My Heroin' single launch, The Gallery Bar Sydney

This time last year, Nussy was on a girl's road trip from Melbourne to Byron Bay for the much-loved festival, Splendour in the Grass. The launch of her debut EP Dizzy was around the bend and unbeknownst at the time, about to drive her brand of infectious electro-pop music. This time around, she's on that same journey, road tripping back to Splendour in the Grass – sans her girlfriends – but still brimming with the same level of enthusiasm for the launch of new single, My Heroin (where a posse of very cool girls do appear).

While Dizzy epitomized her love of "living in the moment", this latest track is something else. It's darker, evocative and still has that Nussy pop-stamp. It leaves you wondering, how does she do it? Or, maybe that is just my amazement at the pop ingιnue's capacity to forge a chameleon-esque style to her music. The clip has a clanger of an ending, made all the more innocuous by Nussy's smile. It's best you watch it now – you'll see what I mean. Sydney audiences will be able to catch her on Thursday 13 August at The Gallery Bar and, her performance is well worth the ride.

Q: There's much to be said for repetitions in life, here we are talking again one year later – at exactly the same time. We should make this a regular thing. By the way, the film clip is a clanger.

Sorry about if I've got not great reception, I'm somewhere outside of Sydney driving. I remembered that before, this is exactly the same thing – just a year later – yeah, I reckon it is cool!

Thank you so much it was really, really fun to make. The boy's kind of came up with it, I sent the track through and they pitched the idea about kidnapping someone and I said, "yeah, that sounds awesome". It is not exactly something you get to do in real life.

Q: How did your single launch at The Shadow Electric (Melbourne) go?

That was last Friday (July 17), almost a week ago. It was unreal fun – it went really, really well. It actually went so much better than I could have imagined it going. It was kind of over in the blink of an eye.

I guess I always get a little bit nervous whatever gig I play. This one was a big one, so I was a little bit nervier than what I would probably be. But yeah, it was a really good turn out and really fun. I think the venue holds about 300 people, and we had almost 250 people in there. It wasn't quite sold out, but it looked pretty jam packed from what I could see on stage.

Q:How are things with the band and are you still playing 'mum' to the guys?

I've got all the same guys with me. I think we've developed a good rapport now. We've been playing for a bit over a year the four of us together and it is cool, it is really fun. I mean you still kind of do (play mum), I am the only girl and they are boys! You still have to be the mum a little bit. I am used to it now.

Q: You're now working exclusively with the two Michaels (Michael Paynter and Michael Delorenzis from MSquared Productions. How did that come about?

They are really awesome. I love working with them, the last EP I did went so well with them. When I did this last lot of tracks there was no one else I wanted to work with and they are managing me now as well. Ummmm, they kind of just pretty much said to me, "we would like to take over managing you" and I just kind of said, "alright!" I've known them both for years and I've got a good relationship with them and I know they will take care of me. They both manage me, but it is more of … like a team effort, the three of us work together on things.

So when we wrote and recorded My Heroin, we wrote and recorded a few tracks as well. There's a little bit of new music that no one has heard before. We played all the new music on Friday (July 17) and that is the first time we had premiered them in a live setting, but no one has really heard the recorded version yet. They will be on the EP.

Q: Will the EP be out before the end of the year? A growing number of independent artists tell me they've been working on albums for two years on average.

That is kind of the next project. I would like to say yes, I really hope so. I mean there is still six months left of the year, so I think that is enough time.

It is such a singles game these days, not a lot of people are putting out full albums anymore. I've found that as well, it is interesting that you say that. People are just putting out singles; four or five track EP's. I think it is easier for us, to kind of give people what they want. Content is so readily available all the time and new content is constantly coming out all the time. Putting out little bits of content is better for us as artists, as we are always putting out fresh stuff.

Nussy Live
Nussy Live

Q: Is this important for artists to consider?

I think so, as it keeps them (audiences) interested if they are constantly getting new stuff and it keeps them interested in your music. It is kind of constant work, it means that we are constantly working to get new material out, write songs and record them – but I think it kind of keeps it interesting for us as well. It means we are doing something new and staying relevant.

Q: Your gig in Sydney is coming up, how are you feeling? I wonder what the audience will be like.

That is in a few weeks, I have actually never played Sydney before sooooooo ... it is going to be really exciting.

I have done corporate gigs and things like that before and ummmmm, played up there with another band. But I have never done a Nussy show, so this will be something completely different. I have got really great mates of mine, Bad Pony supporting. It will be really fun to play with them as well. I guess playing in front of new people is the hardest thing, but also exciting as you are spread out more, I guess. I am really interested to see that as well, the venue is quite a bit smaller it fits about 100 people so it will be quite a bit more different and intimate.

Q: Now, the all-important question – who are you looking forward to seeing at Splendour?

I am definitely looking forward to seeing The Wombats. I saw them play in Melbourne … oh gosh; it is probably like six or seven years ago. Wow … that is a really long time ago! Have you seen them play before? The show is so electric and it is amazing, it was one of the best gigs I've ever been too. So I am really excited to see them, excited to see Client Liaison – they are probably one of my favourite Melbourne bands. Every year they keep putting out great line ups (Splendour) and that is why I am going back this year! I wish seriously … I could do this every year it would be an absolute dream.

Q: Speaking of dreams, I see on your Twitter page you are finally catching up with Game of Thrones. Doing anything else besides music and GOT?

Yes, it is actually really sad. I was so far behind I felt like it was this massive commitment for me to start doing it – to start watching. I am now so obsessed with it. I totally understand why it is so big. It is crazy. And every single episode ends with a cliffhanger, I swear I just watch episode after episode after episode and then all of a sudden it is 3am and I am like maybe I should go to sleep at some point.

Mainly just music, but I do work a little bit for my dad; I go in and answer the phones when I am not doing music. I am lucky that I've got that as well. It's good because it kind of gives me a routine otherwise I find I just waste my days a little bit, I wouldn't say that watching GOT is a waste of a day though!



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When: Thursday 13 August
Phone: (02) 9332 3711
Where: The Gallery Bar, Sydney
Cost: 5.70
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