Photograph of Holly Norman by Jenny May

Holly Norman

“What inspires you?”

“I am lucky to have friends and musical colleagues who inspire me and make me want to better myself. I was on exchange in Miami during university and some of my friends from school over there have gone on to do some incredible things in music. I think travel is really important to a creative life – I’ve been travelling a fair bit recently.”

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Spilt Cities

“What inspires you?”

That changes a lot. I read a lot, so usually something that I’ve read that really plays on my mind. A few Jack Kerouac books (not ‘On The Road’, that’s great though) that I went through had some great ideas in there, when he was losing his mind or really questioning himself. A lot of it comes from that, questioning yourself, trying to succeed, confronting your values. It’s rarely something positive or uplifting, just because it doesn’t gnaw at you the way darker thoughts will. They’re the things you need to let out somehow.”

(Shaun Rodan from Spilt Cities- Band)

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Zac Nauendorf from Myfakebirthday- Photography by Elle Borgward

My fake birthday

“What got you into music?”

“I‘ve always been a fan of music, I consider myself a listener first and foremost. Music brings people together and makes you feel a myriad of emotions so it was a natural progression I guess. I was intrigued by turntablists from a young age and began to play around with music at home. I met DJ Junior who showcased his talent and really opened my eyes to the technical skill and competitive nature of the scene. I have slowly been finding my style and think that it is something that will continually evolve over time.”

(Zac Nauendorf- Myfakebirthday)

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Eve Coen

“What advice would you give to aspiring artists?”

“Well one, don’t give up on a piece you’re working on, just keep trying and trying. Don’t doubt your art, believe in yourself and believe you can get to the goal you want to achieve. Don’t waste your money for things that you won’t ever, ever use. Always try your best!”

(Eve Coen- Artist)

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Lanark. Photography by Billy Reeves. Left to Right - Darren, Michael, Temily, Damian and Sandon

LANARK

“What advice would you give to aspiring bands?”

“Write the music that you want to write. Don’t change/alter your music for anybody. Stick to your guns.”

(Sandon French from Lanark- Band)

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LAYLA

“What advice would you give to aspiring singer/songwriters?”

“Write your own songs. All the time. For me, writing a bad song is better than singing someone else’s song brilliantly, because that is what makes you get better at your craft. Work hard. Practice. Slowly invest in a simple recording set up and learn how to record your own demos. Work with other musicians. Write songs with other people. And know that you have to be in it for the right reasons. If you want money and fame then you’re going to be pretty miserable for a few years whilst you get good.”

(LAYLA- Singer/Songwriter)

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Brian Eulenstein

“What advice would you give to aspiring authors?”

“Read… lots!  Find authors, genres, styles that appeal to you. Learn what you like and don’t like.

While reading… write.  Play with writing styles that you enjoy reading, and develop a style that fits you.  Be concise in your writing, make every word count.”

(Brian Eulenstein- Author)

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Kiara Thomas

Kiara Thomas

“What was it like quitting your nine to five to study art?”

“Nerve-racking! Going from a great income that provides a pretty sweet lifestyle to living week-to-week and drinking box wine. It’s had its ups and downs, but I will never regret it. I feel more at peace with myself now than I ever have.”

(Kiara Thomas- Artist)

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Shay Bakar

Shay Bakar

“What advice would you give to aspiring artists?”

“That it is a privilege to create. If you feel the urge, take the time to help it grow. When I first started I knew that it would be 5 years before I got anywhere, much like an apprenticeship.”

(Shay Bakar- Artist)

 

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Little Miss Mon Bon

Little Miss Mon Bon

What inspires you? 

To be honest, I have never really thought about this too much! I guess I just get inspiration from anywhere and anything. If something captures my attention, I will remember it and draw on it at a later date.

(Monique Ceccato- Fashion Blogger)
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Kiress

Kiress

“What advice would you give to aspiring singer/songwriters?” 

“Jess- Play because you enjoy it, if music ever becomes a chore you are doing something wrong. How you make yourself and others feel with your music is more important than any technique you may learn.”

“Kira- Don’t try to change your style to make it what you think other people want to hear. Even if no one else likes it, you will, and that’s the most important thing.”

(Kiress- Band)

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Emily Joan Gibbs

What draws you to sketching people?

Our imperfections I think. I’m drawn to our differences; it’s what makes us beautiful. It’s because we are unique that we are all so intriguing.  I want to capture an emotion in my skectches, and what better way than to draw the eyes.

(Emily Joan Gibbs- Artist)

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The Lab Creative Arts Studio

What advice would you have for people looking to explore their creative side?”

“Our advice for people looking to explore their creative side would be to understand that you have to be willing to put in the work, to get the results you desire. We are strong believers that you get what you give and if you can find the confidence to try new things, to master things you’re good at, and to explore all avenues of the creative arts, you’ll find a new sense of belonging and happiness that can last a lifetime.”

(Valerie Ramirez and Carrie Calkins- the Lab Creative Arts Studio)

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Brush Strokes

What does music mean to you all?

Music is a way for us to be together and learn about each other.  It’s a way to be human.   All three of us agree that writing and recording music is so important because it allows us to look back at where we have been.

(Brush Strokes- Band)

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