When did you first start making music and what led you there?
When I was young, I started writing my own stuff and the dream to pursue music just kept growing. At 15, I joined soul/R&B band The Sweethearts, with whom I toured Europe and America. I was exposed to a whole world of new music and writing, a new way of performing and the highs and lows of the industry.
Tell us about your EP, Building Blocks. What is the story behind it? What inspired it?
Building Blocks was inspired by a heap of different life events that shaped my entrance into adulthood, and were effectively the ‘building blocks’ of moving into a new stage of life.
How would you describe your sound and how did you come to it?
There’s a heap of different styles and inspiration, but largely a combo of R&B, pop and soul. I’m also pretty obsessed with vocal layering and harmonies which ends up coming out in most things.
Are there any bands or musicians that stand out as particular influences for you?
As a kid I was introduced to a heap of different artists (The Supremes, Paul Kelly, Aretha Franklin, Tina Arena, U2, INXS, The Beatles and heaps more). I still love them all, but my taste has developed as I’ve been able to discover things myself.
Any upcoming shows or new music on the horizon that THIA. fans should keep an eye out for?
Absolutely! The outtakes of Building Blocks came out last week. The rest of the year I’ll be busy doing a video for each Building Blocks track (with a visual album out early 2020), and a new EP is on its way for mid-2020. Lots of shows being lined up too!
Building Blocks is out now. For more from THIA., check out her Facebook page.