Hello and welcome to DIY’s introducing feature, Get To Know… With two new acts a week, the feature pretty much does what it says on the tin: getting you a little bit closer to the buzziest new acts that have been catching our eye as of late, and working out what makes them tick.
We’ve recently introduced you to Ellis, the musical project of songwriter Linnea Siggelkow, Amsterdam’s Spill Gold, brilliant Stockholm-based newcomers Viagra Boys, Lala Lala, the Chicago-based project of Lillie West and Paris post-punks Rendez Vous. Now, we’re with Hatchie.
Hatchie was previously on her radar earlier this year when she appeared in our feature about a new wave of Australian artists causing a scene both in their home country and abroad. With her debut EP ‘Sugar & Spice’ released earlier this year via Heavenly, since then Hatchie has been on a European tour, released new songs ‘Bad Guy’ and ‘Adored’ and has announced she’ll be supporting The Vaccines on their UK tour next year.
Listen to Hatchie’s latest single ‘Adored’ below and get to know her a little better with our Q&A!
Describe Hatchie in one sentence
Sparkly dream pop you can sing along to.
What’s your earliest musical memory?
My earliest musical memory is singing with my mum & older sisters at home.
Who were some artists that inspired you when you were just starting out (and why)?
I feel like I’ve been “just starting out” through various stages over the last few years so it’s difficult to say, but a main inspiration for me when I wrote the first song for this project (Try) was The Sundays, for blending pop melodies & vocals with sad lyrics and acoustic guitar without it being cheesy. Also Pains of Being Pure at Heart for writing killer powerpop.
You’re based in Brisbane, what’s the music scene like there at the moment? Are there other artists breaking through at the same time that you take inspiration from?
I’m pretty out of touch with the scene as I’m getting older and going out less, but I guess there are a bunch of guitar-based bands coming out of Brisbane who seem cool.
Who would be your dream collaborator?
Collaboration honestly terrifies me, but I would love to work with Caroline Polachek.
Musically or otherwise, what are you most looking forward to in 2019?
I’m looking forward to working on my self-assurance, spending more time with my family and less time watching TV.
If people could take away one thing from your music, what would it be?
I’d like people to not take my lyrics seriously and just enjoy it sonically.