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We chat with Phoebe Day

When did you first start making music and what led you there? I think I wrote my first little tune at eight years old. The soundtrack to my childhood was the classic jazz, blues and soul records my father would play for us. I was so blown away by those great artists. I wanted to make sounds and tell stories just like them.

What inspired your move from Sydney to Melbourne? There’s a certain vibrancy to Melbourne. It’s full of life and creativity and I was really inspired by the sense of community among the arts world down here. After I released my debut EP last year, I really wanted to take things to the next level. I was ready to take a risk.

Tell us about your new single ‘Two Steps’. I really wanted to explore interesting production and the idea of creating a soundscape for the listener. It was inspired by the challenges we face internally as independent artists. Sometimes it can feel as though ‘making it’ is nothing more than a daydream. I really wanted to capture this feeling through sound – that harsh contrast between reality and our dreams. I walked through the streets, parks and cafés of Melbourne with a small audio recorder in my pocket, because I wanted to capture sounds of the world around me.

What do you love about making music? When I’m writing music, I’m in a safe space that allows me to share stories, experiences and emotions that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to express.  

Phoebe Day will launch ‘Two Steps’ at The Toff In Town on Thursday September 20. Joel Sena will be kicking off the night.