01 Jul

MAWthority: Rockstar Melody Pool

From small towns with tiny pubs; to gracing the pages of Rolling Stone and sharing the stage with music legends such as The Eagles and Tina Arena – Melody Pool caught up with MAW to fill us in on her life & times.

First things first: how did you get here?
I was born into a life of music. My dad’s a full time musician and mum even sang in his band up until two weeks before I was born.

How has your music changed over the years?
I’ve always had strong country music influences, but as I’ve grown my music has become more ‘me’.

What do you think of the state of the industry that you’re in?

I think that it’s in danger, but there’s potential for it to be ok. Mainly, I find that in Australia there aren’t many avenues that you can take if you want success. Certain radio stations can be picky and have more power than they probably should. It’s not like that in other countries as there are so many diverse radio stations and paths to success you can take.

Any interesting developments in the Australian music industry?
There’s a lot as there are so many amazing blogs and companies that are getting a lot of traction that are making it easier to make it in Australia.

Ever thought about quitting?
Absolutely. There have been times when I have fucking hated it (laughs).

What do you think about people winning their fame on shows like the voice?
I think it has a place, but I don’t think it is representing music well in any way. There’s no diversity in the music at all. Compare it to shows like Masterchef where you are getting so many different dishes and that has changed how we eat in Australia. Take it into reality and people won’t pay 10 dollars to see a local artist but they’ll pay 30 dollars for breakfast. Music is being represented poorly.

Why do you think the local gig scene is struggling while people are paying more for festival tickets than they ever have?
It’s culture appeals to us. They market the pop culture and the experience around it and that’s something that a local gig can’t compete with. But it’s good that pure music lovers  are still coming out to support local music.

Have you ever had a ‘real’ job?
Yes I have, as a receptionist and a radio producer (I was a pretty crappy producer).

Do you live purely on your music or do you have a part time job to make ends meet?
I have lived purely on my music, but I’d have to be touring constantly to maintain my lifestyle. I do housekeeping part time, but to be honest as soon as my music became a business and I was signed to a label it all became very serious for me. It’s nice having another job to take my mind off of it; it’s kind of therapeutic actually.

You recently played with The Eagles, how was that experience?
It was the best. I don’t know if I’ll ever have a gig like that ever again. I got lot’s of praise from them and you don’t ever expect that. There was 18,000 people in the audience and I was worried about whether or not my music would translate for them. Like, will they like my songs? Will they even listen? And they did! Meeting the band was amazing, they’re all lovely guys.  

Personal goal for the year?
To get to Europe and tour.

Where would you like to be professionally at the end of the year?
Selling out theatre shows.

What book would you recommend to a friend?
The Rebel Angels by Robertson Davies.

Who do you take the most inspiration from?
Joni Mitchell

Do you have a Sunday ritual? If not what does your relaxing time look like?
Every morning I have three or four hours where I have a coffee, read, do some yoga and take the dog for the walk.

Of all the people in the world that you could ask a question, who would it be what would you ask them?
Donald Trump – Why do you even exist?

Favourite app for lifestyle or business?

Words of wisdom for anyone thinking of taking their music career from part time to full time?
Gig as much as you can! It develops songwriting, performance, image and confidence.

Find Melody’s next show here – melodypool.com.au