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Get whisked away this winter by The Winter Gypsy
They're the genre of music that you'd listen to as the rain blankets your windows and doors with little droplets of water. At other times, you may want to listen to The Winter Gypsy on days when nothing seems to be going right and you just want to unwind and enter a state of rejuvenating zen.

Originally hailing from Adelaide, The Winter Gypsy has most recently released their latest single Bojke (pronounced 'boy-ke') and it has (very quickly) become a repetitive favourite on my road trip playlist! It's a song that will whisk you away with its mellow tunes and its beautiful lyrics that are dedicated to commemorate a beloved family dog who has passed on.

Thanks to On The Map, I was able to conduct an e-interview with Tush Singh (one of the band members) - read our exchange below and make sure you catch them in Melbourne or Adelaide (or both if you're a jetsetter) over the next two days:

Tema: How did The Winter Gypsy come into being?
Tush: We all kind of knew each other through various mutual friends. I started The Winter Gypsy with Max. It was a project that I had been wanting to start for the past couple of years, but never really found anyone I wanted to venture into it with until I met Max.

I had been jamming with Dave and Isaac since 2012. Max knew Jonny through music school and we all met Sean through Dave. Sean kind of joined our band when we went on a road trip to play in Canberra. He filled in for Jonny, who was unable to make the trip; ripping into some trumpet solos.

Now we are just six stinky dudes making music.

Tema: Upon hearing Bojke, I have to admit - I fell in love! The tunes are so beautiful, there are subtle undertones of happy and poignant. What inspired you to come up with the lyrics to it? What's the story behind the song?
Tush: The song isn't exactly a happy song, unfortunately! However, the tune of it makes it feel much lighter. I literally wrote this song purely as a narrative. The lyrics didn't really mean anything to me at the time. But it wasn't until Bojke passed away, that I realised how fitting this was for her.

Tema: Have you all always had a passion for music? What inspired you guys to get into the music scene?
Tush: I started playing music at a later age, compared to the rest of the band. I was 16 when I started mucking around on the guitar. My sister taught me a couple riffs, and it started to really interest me. I've always been a lover for music, but, it wasn't until I was 17 or 18 that I fully fell in love with music.

Tema: Your music video for Bojke was mesmerising and truly memorable! How did you come up with the concept?
Tush: Gerard Wood is such an amazing videographer! After the video clip he did with us for 'Took Me By' last year, I just had to get him back for this one. I decided that I wanted to film a story around our neighbourhood. I came up with the concept of the story, and Gerard helped me shape the story and video. We filmed the whole thing in five hours, which was spread across two days. We were lucky enough to pick two overcast days, which really added to the eerie vibe that we love so much in our video clips.

Tema: What should people expect from your album?
Tush: Expect a roller coaster of sounds in each song. The entire EP ranges from soft folk, right up to hard indie/rock sounds, mixed with souring trumpet and guitar solos. We've gone and essentially put in the best of each of our individual tastes in this EP. I like how different we all are, especially when it comes to our musical preferences.

Tema: What are you hoping for your listeners and fans to experience through your music?
Tush: We want people to relax to our music. A lot of people say that they listen to us the most during winter; which is completely fine by me!

Tema: How would you describe your music to someone who hasn't heard of you before?
Tush: I've been describing us briefly as 'Alternative Indie/Folk'. There's a sense of alternative meaning, where each song is so different to each other, but, somehow it all ties in perfectly. If you compare 'Bojke' to 'Cellar', you realise how much we range from mellow to upbeat and almost rock-affiliated sounds.

Tema: How do you feel about being compared to the likes of Empire of the Sun (that's the first band that popped into my head upon hearing Bojke)?
Tush: Oh I love Empire Of The Sun! Those guys have such nice, happy music. We've never been compared to them before, but that's a real nice compliment. I'll happily take that haha.

The Winter Gypsy is currently on tour for Bojke with fellow friends (Melbourne-based band), Stonefox:

FRI (July 7) at The Grace Darling, Collingwood (MELBOURNE)
SAT (July 8) at The Exeter Hotel, Adelaide (ADELAIDE)

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