Photos by Mark Boskell.
Words & Interview by Beth Wynne.
I have been spending time in the Sonic Lolly studio with Juerlaine as she has been recording. I have been listening to her beautiful music and hearing her songs come together over the past few weeks. It’s all sounding great and I met up with her recently to find out more about this local gem.
Have you always lived here in Margaret River?
No I grew up in Perth, about an hour north in a little town called Yanchep. I moved down here when I was about 16.
Do you think living in a place such as this has enhanced your creativity in any way as apposed to growing up in a city? Definitely, I think it just inspires you having creative people around. There’s heaps of cool stuff down here and people are keen for different things, so that helps to inspire you to be creative. I think unless you’re ‘in’ the music scene in Perth you’re not necessarily surrounded by lots of music and creativity. Down here there’s lots of people doing different things to do with the arts.
When did music become a big part of your life?
Umm, I picked up the guitar when I was about 12 with a friend, we just used to write funny songs and ever since I started playing guitar I started writing songs as well. I guess it was always something that I did but when I was about 16 and I moved down here, everything changed and I just started writing more songs.
You had a break from pursuing music at a semi professional level, what made you want to get back into it and get back into the studio? Umm, I got reinspired this year I think. I was working in Outdoor Ed and there are lots of really inspiring people around. I think the reason that I gave it up in the first place was I wanted to go and do some stuff out there in the world and experience things. I did that, I did volunteering and spent a lot of time in different places and then came back here and got a job with some really inspiring people in Outdoor Ed and yeah, I think they just made me feel like expressing myself again so I starting writing at the beginning of this year. Different types of songs as well, which is good.
Do you see the Southwest and Margaret River becoming increasingly more vibrant, creative and more of a home for music and the arts? Yeah well since I’ve been down here, the Cultural Centre’s changed, they have a box office now! There’s lots of things that come through here like Music, Comedy and Acting which are all creative arts. I think it’s the perfect place for it, Settlers for example has always been an attraction for bands who are touring, it’s always a place where they will come and play. It’s the perfect spot for creative people to visit and experience with their different arts.
You’ve recently been recording with Noah Shilkin at Sonic Lolly, how have you found the experience of working with him and at the studio? Awesome. It’s really cool, it’s different being in a recording studio for the first time as apposed to being on stage. I didn’t know it could all be done like that, I didn’t know it was something I could do. It’s been fun, you can throw ideas around and its nice having somebody else to bounce music off and enjoy it with. I think I’m pretty lucky really, to have that opportunity there. It’s a really cool studio, it’s not scary like I’m going into a glass box its just, ‘Noah’s studio’.
So the past few weeks have been pretty busy for you with recording, putting your music up online, and you also entered the Sync to Swim competition (as part of the Emergence Creative Festival coming up) where you were successful. How has this been for you?
I didn’t expect any of it, so I’m nervous, mixed with excited and I don’t really know how to take it. I’ve been laughing a lot, I’m lucky and I just feel privileged really to have that opportunity and to have people helping me. I think that helps cos if those people weren’t helping and supporting me I probably wouldn’t be doing it.
What do you hope people will get from your music? To just enjoy it or would you like to send a message with your lyrics? I’m not trying to force anything into people’s brains at all, but I would hope that what I sing about is… Well it’s important to me, it’s an expression, my expression, I write about a lot of stuff in the world and stuff that happens and its my view of it I guess. It’s my expression of how I see the world around me and I think sometimes, some of it’s a bit controversial but I think it’s also relevant to a lot of people and they look at things the same way. I’d like to think its something different to listen to. A big reason of why I want to sing and pursue music is that other people have wanted to hear it.
Where can people find your music or see you perform next?
Well I’m performing at the Sync to Swim showcase, which is on the 21st February at Settlers Tavern, that’s the only show coming up at the moment. You can check out my Facebook Page if you wanna listen to my music and I’m also on Triple J Unearthed, rate me!
Emergence Creative Festival – Sync to Swim