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Check out THIA’s live performance of her debut single ‘Underwriter’ below.

Have you been involved in any previous projects before this one?

I was actually involved in a Soul/ RnB outfit throughout high-school. We got to do a few amazing international tours. It had full horn and rhythm sections and was just so much fun.

What are some of your earliest musical influences that have found their way into the music you’re currently making?

Oh wow there are just so many. I’d have to say Stevie Wonder, Aretha, of course Michael!

Aside from other artists and music, what inspires you?

I’m an absolute sucker for all art-forms really (fashion, film, visual art), and draw inspiration from all of them.

I’ve always been totally obsessed with colour (I once tried to convince my parents to let me paint my bedroom fluro-green), but a recent trip to Morocco took the obsession to another level. It is such an amazingly vibrant place, covered in the most vivid colours I’ve ever seen! There’s no doubt that I’ve drawn a heap of inspiration from that trip, and colour in general.

Have you ever tried to learn a new instrument or technique and just flat out failed at it?

I went through a stage of believing I was a cake-making and decorating Queen. It took disastrously bad attempts at a 3D bear cake and sombrero wearing cupcakes for me to see I was delusional.

I was also convinced I would be able to sing Mariah Carey’s ‘Emotions’ with the same whistle register. Short answer: no, no I could not.

There’s a full 80s/90s pop culture and music resurgence happening right now, are you into it?

100% yes! So much colour, so much disco, so much FUN!

What is the first song you ever wrote and did it make it onto a release?

I’m not sure it was my first song, but Triple J ran a competition years ago for their. I forced my older sister to enter the competition with me, and to her embarrassment, wrote the most horrendous thing I’ve ever heard. The chorus was “I wanna go to Tumby Bay, curtesy of Triple J, don’t you like the way I play, tell me tell me, what you say”. No more explanation needed. Funnily enough, it did actually get picked up by a producer making a compilation album of Australian artists, but we wrote another song for that!

What festival is #1 on your list that you’d love to play one day?

I’m 100% aware that this is super cliche, but playing Glastonbury is my ultimate dream.

Lots of songs start out with a working title and are eventually renamed, what were some of the original names of your songs before they were complete?

I was in a complete creative slump one night recently, and couldn’t come up with anything. I found a totally weird synth pad that reminded me of the Minions, and starting playing around out of frustration. It actually ended up sounding pretty cool, and it’s current name is Minion hah.

What’s the best show you’ve been to this year?

I saw Thando do a tribute show to Jill Scott a few weeks ago, and it absolutely blew my mind! If you haven’t sussed her out, go and do it NOW. Her vocals are out of this world, sass at another level, and she is just so very captivating.

Where are people able to hear your songs?

Spotify and iTunes are the places to go!

Are you playing any shows anytime soon (if you live outside of Australia, do you have any plans for a trip down under)?

If all goes to plan, the goal is to have an EP out by the end of the year. As soon as that’s close to ready, the live shows will start up again! Keep your eyes peeled on my socials 😊

Beatles or Rolling Stones and why?

Although I love them both, I’d have to say the Beatles.

They are just so effortless and timeless, and were such a massive part of my childhood. I’ll never forget auditioning for the primary school rock band with “Can’t Buy Me Love” (Dad forced me to rehearse with a broom of course).

Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?

Honne-Feel good, contagious, and all-round funky.

Kaait-I’ve seen Kaait live a few times, and her stage presence and out-of-this-world musicality are truly something special.

Wafia- such a dreamy voice and rhythmically incredible.