Paige Trantham Interview
Photos by Mark Boskell
Interview by Beth Wynne
Paige Trantham is a Margaret River local and musician. On Sunday her and her band ‘The Luxatones’ played a Sunday Sesh at the Knights Inn. They played a few sets, getting more upbeat as the night went on. In between sets I managed to have a quick chat with Paige to find out some more about her and her music..
How long have you been playing music yourself and how long have you been playing with the band?
Myself since I was about 5, a long time! I think the band for the last 2 years.
Do you play a lot around town? Solo and band shows?
Yeah we do, we’re kind of flexible to whatever. We’ll play at Leeuwin then drive out of town for Weddings, see a lot of beautiful scenery and country. Lindsay and I (The Sax player) do a lot of Wineries and Movies in the Vineyard, that kind of thing, then for more parties and outdoor stuff we play with the band. Don’t do too much solo stuff at this stage, every now and again.
So solo stuff, you’ve just been recording an EP?
Yep with Noah Shilkin at Sonic Lolly, that’s been amazing. It’s gonna be released in a few weeks.
Will there be a Launch for the EP?
Yeah I’m gonna have a little garden thing, you know like Matt Corby did those backyard sessions, I’m going to do that cos I’d like to have a nice big grass area, not really a pub thing and have lots of rugs and lanterns a nice little outdoor thing.
So can anyone come along to the show?
Yeah definitely, I’ll be doing a Facebook invite and plugging it out and about.
What can people expect from the EP, what style of music?
It’s actually a really good mix of everything, there’s some plain guitar and plain piano and then all of it kinda lifts into totally different sounds. We’ve got one that’s got lots of strings and is quite punchy, I wouldn’t really call it ‘rock’ for me but it’s more upbeat, a bit Bertie Blackman or Abbe May sounding. Then we’ve got a couple on there that are real ‘Songwriter’ songs, but its hard to explain there’s such a fusion. There are 5 songs on it, the first one’s a little bit Fleetwood Mac, the other ones are just a mix of instruments that Noah and I found and it all came together.
What do you think of the music scene down here in Margaret River?
I think we are so lucky, I think there are so many amazing musicians here and not to mention venues, there are always wicked festivals and shows on. There’s something about down here, I think cos we’re so isolated from Perth and the rest of the country, a lot of the music is quite beachy and different and it definitely has a lot of colour that’s of the lifestyle that we all live.
Do you think there are a lot of artists and musicians around the area that people don’t really know about?
I do, I think there are a lot of shy ones, and there’s lots that play the scene regularly and I think there’s definitely room to have big concerts with all of us together. We’ve done it a few times actually, at the Beer Festival we had a whole heap of Down South bands and I was blown away, everyone was, it was just awesome.
So what have you got planned for 2013 with your music?
Ooh I’m hoping travel, and I’m hoping to get a spot in the cute little Festivals like Nannup and Fairbridge and all that sort of thing, and if not then I might go to France and write some songs, that’s the plan! Do a bit of recording, and we’re thinking of planning a tour up North and maybe on the East Coast with the band, all depending on what happens with the EP. It’s a big year to fill!
Is the EP under your name? Where can people find you?
Yep it is and they can find me on Facebook under ‘Paige Trantham Music’ and it will be on iTunes and things like that as well, and I’ve got a Myspace page too.
For more of Beth’s work, go to her blog, Songbird – The music in Margs, and follow her on facebook.