MANE has been making waves with her brooding EP House of Horrors, laced with an underlying roots and folk base topped with crisp layers of production; MANE has been busy as work pushing this record to the masses. Finding time to talk with Lost, she spoke to Joe about how she created the album and musical influences and inspirations behind her tracks.
At little bit of background, how long have you been playing music for?
When I was sixteen I started really investing time to my music career, before that I was actually a competitive swimmer; so that took a lot of my time – but once I gave that away I sort of took off with my music.
Your performance name MANE is fairly new and you performed for a while under your real name. Why did you change your performing name? Were there any stylistic changes?
I was sitting on it for a long time and when I recorded House of Horrors EP it sort of developed, and the sound during the production of the EP was a lot different to the sound I was doing prior to that. It just felt really fitting to start releasing music under the MANE banner.
House of Horrors as an EP sounds quite brooding and has a mixture of styles in a few of the tracks. What would you say your musical influences would be?
I listen to a whole range of music; I listen to a lot of Bob Dylan and I also listen to a lot of Sarah Blasko, Meg Mac and Thelma Plum. I would say it has got a bit of an indie-pop, a lot of blues influence and sounds in it. I would say my main influences for my sound would be artists like Sarah Blasko, Meg Mac and Florence and the Machine.
Would you say your creative process involves grabbing different bits from everywhere?
I write my songs on a guitar, so they are really stripped back; obviously the EP is fully produced – it’s hard to say, I just write wherever the sound goes, it goes. I don’t really take it from anyone else, I guess you listen to music and it influences you but I try to get creative with my sound.
The single Bitter is quite brooding in tone, what is the song about?
It’s a bit of a spiteful song about someone that was close to a family member of mine, I can’t name names. They were just very manipulative and evil I guess to say, that’s probably putting it nicely. It’s just a bit of a little story about someone who caused a lot of trouble for someone close to me.
Did you have a set style in mind when recording the EP?
When I first recorded Bitter I went in with a really open mind, I wanted to create a haunting vibe to the songs in the EP and I think we managed to achieve that in most of the tracks.
What was like touring as MANE for the first time?
I am heading out on tour next Friday; I am heading to Melbourne and Sydney so it’s going to be interesting to see how it receives. So far I’ve got a really great response from the release of the EP and tickets are selling really well so that’s a good sign, that people like what they are hearing.
Any visits to WA?
Absolutely; I am planning to release another single at towards the end of the year and I want to branch out and tour more over in WA and in Tasmania and in Queensland and other places I have missed for this tour I really love to go over to at the end of the year.
How is your approach to performing on stage? Do you prefer acoustic or being prepped up with more production?
I do like to perform the songs with the band purely because we want to recreate the sound of the EP but some of the shows on the tour we will also be playing more stripped back and acoustic; it will be really nice.
What are you favourite tracks off the EP?
My favourite song on the EP is either bitter or another track called Valley of Doubt, they are just really fun and upbeat songs and I you are driving its fun to listen to something a bit more upbeat and exciting.