Who are you tell me something about yourself?
My name is Jane Tyrrell, I am of Australian/English heritage. I was brought up in Newcastle a small beach town north of Sydney N.S.W Australia. I now reside in Melbourne Victoria.
I juggle four hats professionally: I studied visual art, graphic design and art direction in and out of institutions comprehensively since finishing school. For the past 10 years I have practiced as a freelancer. I have recently launched my own small business A Door Ajar and act as Creative Director with my incredibly clever business partner who is great with copy writing and coding.
I have been writing, recording, performing and touring as a musician for the past ten years. I have written and performed as a member and guest of a few notable Australian bands (The Herd, Firekites, Urthboy, Tuka, Horrorshow…)
I have performed at every major music festival in this fine country, headlined tours nationally and toured overseas a few times also. I have supported some of my favourite national and international artists (The Roots, Bill Callhan, Bother Ali, Paul Kelly….) on this journey thus far and still have a very strong fire in my gut to pursue all the above.
I have a great interest in fashion, art, design, mid century Scandinavian design, architecture, bike riding, culture, animals and film.
why did this feel like the right time to make your first solo record?
– I have made a career out of collaborating, and about three years ago I had an epiphany that has since led me here. I have always reserved time for making music, regardless of how busy I’ve been with other things. That moment, three years ago, I finally felt ready to pour that time and creative energy into a vision that was wholly my own – to make music that represented me both aesthetically and sonically.
Coming from the hip hop scene in sydney, australia, how have your goals for your solo career evolved over the past few years, as your fanbase has grown?
– Actually, I moved to Sydney from Melbourne in 2007 to be closer to the label (Elefant Traks) and my band The Herd at a time we were blowing up. We were very busy and it was an all hands on deck situation, so I had to move closer. It was an incredibly productive period for me between 2007 and 2013. I co-wrote, performed, recorded and featured on several album cycles and singles within the hip hop and indie electro scene (Firekites’ The Bowery, The Herd on albums Summerland and Future Shade, Urthboy on albumsThe Signal, Spitshine and Smokey’s Haunt, as well as a bunch of collaborations with artists like Horrorshow, Tuka and The Tongue). My fanbase has grown with me as an artist. I’m not the calculating sort, and haven’t set out to achieve goals with respect to that aspect of music. As long as am curious and feel challenged I will grow artistically..
What is your ambitions with your music, and what kind of feeling do you want to create?
– My ambition is to continue writing, recording and performing my music. As an artist, nothing is static. The feeling I wanted to create on the record I have just completed has evolved with the process, and is different again from the seeds I’ve sown for the next album. For me, successful art creates a reaction – as long as audiences react to my art, I feel content I am doing my job. Honestly, there is nothing but sincere consideration and emotion that go into the things I create.
What are you up to right now, music-wise?
– My first single, “Wild Waters”, was just soft released online, and right now I am still finalising the album art and collateral. Next, we shoot the film clip for the next single and I begin auditioning players and start rehearsing for our live shows starting in September. I have a few top secret collaborations in the works, most of which I’ve been forced to knock back these last couple of years because of the all-consuming nature of writing a solo album.
What aspect of making music excites you the most right now?
– I LOVE performing live. It’s challenging, adrenaline-filled and, in my opinion, the purest form of musical expression. There’s no time for second-guessing when you’re in front of hundreds or thousands of people there to see you. I love that feeling!
Your single wild waters is kind of minimalistic and melancholic in its expression, what inspired you to go this way?
– I thought it would be good to lead with a track that focused heavily on my instrument and strong lyrical imagery. Since this is my debut as a soloist it’s important I lead with a bold assertion of my own style.
Wild Waters wasn’t written with a melancholic intent. In fact it’s a love song – an ode to my partner who calms the Wild Waters of life in such a way that it inspired a song. I am inspired by melancholic artists and imagery – it stirs a reaction in me – perhaps that’s why it echoed like that for you?
Is there any artist you would like to work with in the future?
– In Australia I’d like to write with Big Scary and a handful of incredible producers and songwriters (too many to mention). Internationally I’d love to work with Tricky, Massive Attack, SBTRKT…again a great number of producers, musicians and songwriters too many to mention.
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned?
– Question everything to discern your own truth
Do you ever want to press rewind and pursue another career?
– I would have liked to pursue a career in architecture, however it would not allow me the flexibility my freelance career does now.
Fashion plays a big part in music nowadays, any favorite brands and outfits this summer?
– Fashion plays a big part in my every day on and off stage. My favourite Australian brands at the moment are Alphaville, Búl and Romance Was Born.
What should your fans look forward too in the future?
– A full length debut album from me very shortly. Live performances and Interpretations of the tracks. Exciting collaborations and lovely video and collateral art.
Can you recommend three songs for the summer?
– Aske J. Kreilgaard & Tobias B. Andersen