After smashing her first official tour supporting Busby Marou and her success in Triple J’s Unearthed High competition, newly minted Aussie legend Tia Gostelow is looking forward to recording much much more in 2017!
The young artist, who sings about experiencing the cusps of adulthood, has already shared the stage with some of Australia’s favourite artists and is now looking forward to touring the East Coast and releasing her debut EP!
We recently had the pleasure of chatting to Tia about her music, her plans and the new lifestyle that comes with it…
1. Out of thousands and thousands of entries, you managed to make it to being one of the top 5 in Triple J’s Unearthed High Competition – how did that feel?
Was an incredible feeling! I had entered the year before and didn’t make it and wasn’t really expecting to make it last year as well so it was all so surreal!
2. For somebody still studying in high school, how do you find the time to balance between music and study?
It was a bit stressful but honestly I knew that music was what I wanted to do and I didn’t really need to get a great OP score to do it so I didn’t put to much pressure on myself!
3. What was the biggest “wow” moment for you in 2016?
Definitely either winning the Indigenous Initiative part of Unearthed High, being in the finals or playing at BigSound!
4. Who are your biggest musical influencers? Who do you look up to and admire the most?
I have sooooo many but probably Boy & Bear, Methyl Ethel, San Cisco, Tame Impala! I have way to many!
5. Where do you find inspiration when you write your lyrics? Do you have a specific process when it comes to writing music?
I mostly get inspiration from things happening around me and my own personal feelings! I find it easier to write about my emotions than just everyday things! But I’m slowly learning other ways of songwriting to expand my ways!
6. Who are your style icons, who do you look to for fashion inspiration?
I loveeee Mimi Elashiry and Yasmin Suteja!
7. What do you say to those out there wanting to start a career in music? What words of wisdom do you have for other young artists that look up to you?
The biggest thing I think is to be yourself and you don’t have to say yes to everything. Sometimes saying no is the best thing to do! And surround yourself with people you love and support you!
8. What are your plans for 2017, what can we expect to see and hear from Tia Gostelow?
A lot of songwriting, touring and recording is on the table!