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Last seen: 5th June 2012

60 Seconds With... Rachel Brennen

So then, what’s the band name and what do you ‘do’ in the band?

I’m a solo artist, my name’s Renae Brennen, I’m a Melbourne singer/songwriter and I play the acoustic guitar.


What do you think people will say you sound like?

Vocally I’ve been compared as a mix between Tracy Chapman and Toni Childs, which all in all I’m not unhappy about – I love both of those artists a lot.


What do you love about making music?

I love that essentially there are no rules to making music, there are theories and books about it but music at the core, is about heart and trying to get that “heart” to cross over in live performance or recording is what I live for.


If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why?

It would have to be Joni Mitchell, I love her style of story telling and melodic deconstructions to fit the story. Her art still inspires me and I continue to learn from songs I’ve heard hundreds of times.


What can a punter expect from your live show?

That once I see the crowd in front of me, I’ll know what I’m doing that night. My energy on stage is very much drawn from the faces in the crowd. I look at them and try and get a sense of where they want the music to go… sometimes it will be an intimate sit down show of songs that evoke emotion and understanding. Other times it will be about dancing, drinking and sing-a-longs, I love both!


What’ve you got to sell CD-wise?

I have an EP called Telling Secrets, it has five original tracks on it that I’m super proud of and came from a time of change for me in my personal life that is now time stamped by these songs.


When’s the gig and with who?

The gig is at The Elwood Lounge, Friday June 15 and Friday 22 at 9pm both weeks, I’ll be heading up on June 15 but the following week I will have a very good friend of mine, and amazing musician Duncan Yardley, joining me on violin.