Taking the QnA Buffet this week is Wollongong band FRUIT.
FRUIT released their new EP Body last month, 5 tracks of beautiful, well-crafted soulful music driven by gorgeous vocal harmonies, check out the stream below.
What is your local scene like?
The Wollongong music scene has a lot of really supportive, good people- there’s not heaps of venues to play at so it’s easy to get to know people through playing and going to gigs. Promoters like Strawberry Visions, Helter Smelter and Yours and Owls are fostering a cool scene down here. Also, I book an LGBTQIA+ event called PRIDE TIDE which promotes LGBTQIA+ artists and allies and we’ve created a closeknit little community from those gigs.
Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?
Can I tell you four? Obscura Hail, Library Siesta, Arafura, Slow Ships
Where are people able to hear your songs?
What is your favourite track to perform live?
Currently it’s a new song called ‘Sunrise’ which puts all of us in a really relaxed place, partially from the meditative mood of it and partially because we use a lot of breath singing it. I’m hoping to record and release it in the coming months.
Have you been involved in any previous projects before this one?
When I was 19 I was in a band called Thylacine, in Sydney. Now, I also play in The Nah.
What are some of your earliest musical influences that have found their way into the music you’re currently making?
My earliest obsession songs were Whitney Houston’s ‘I will always love you’, Sinead O’Connors ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ and John Farnham ‘You’re the Voice’. I loved The Spice Girls and Destiny’s Child and lots of RnB. A common thread in most of the music I like is a focus on the vocals and vocal harmonies, I can’t go past a good belt or vocal run, I think this influences FRUIT a lot.
Most people ascribe to one idea or another about how the universe began, what do you reckon about it all?
I like the idea of the Big Crunch, the universe expanding then collapsing on itself then boom another big bang, the universe born all over again then expanding then collapsing over and over. I’m curious about it, I believe in science and in what people who are smarterer and curiouser than me come up with.
What is the biggest challenge you have had to overcome as a band/artist so far?
Individually, for me, persisting with creative pursuits despite never-ending (though not never improving) mental health issues. I think the biggest obstacle our band has is finding a day that everyone can practice, hah.
What’s the best show you’ve been to this year?
I saw Aldous Harding at the Spiegeltent and it was bloody beautiful, she is mesmerising.
How would you describe ‘success‘ for your band?
Making music that we and other people enjoy and connect with.