We were fortunate enough to have a nice long chat with Gossling at Pyramid Rock Festival. Ever wondered how Gossling got her name, The first album she bought, and what 2013 has in store for her? Then keep reading…
How did you all meet before forming Gossling?
So I’m Gossling and the rest of the guys in the band are musos, most of them I met at uni and then a couple of fill ins are just musos I meet along the way.
How did the name ‘Gossling’ come about?
I made up Gossling from my grandmother’s maiden name so when I started the project I didn’t want to do it under my name because I was nervous about it so I made up a name that I could kind of hide behind a little bit, and I came up with Gossling.
What was the first album you ever bought?
It would’ve been Celine Dion The Power of Love. That was my first purchase!
Why did you make the decision to put your psychology and sociology studies on hold to concentrate on a bachelor of music?
Well halfway through the year I realised that I hadn’t been to too many classes, it was more fun in high school to do psychology but at uni it was all statistics and boring stuff and then I didn’t really rock up to the exams and kind of decided I need to go and study music, it makes more sense. I missed it too much, I did it all through high school then missed it during my first year of uni but it was good to do that though because if I hadn’t have taken the year off of music I wouldn’t know how much I missed it.
How did you get into singing, was it always a passion when you were young?
I didn’t actually start singing until first year uni when I was studying psychology, I had a friend at college with me who taught me how to play guitar and so that was when I started songwriting. Piano was my main instrument before then and I didn’t write songs until I played guitar and it kind of simplified things, and I only knew how to play 4 chords. That’s when I started songwriting so singing just happened from there and just sung for many years. I have no idea how anyone listened to me because it was terrible until I strengthened my voice!
You have a very unique singing voice, did someone/something inspire that style of singing, or did it just begin as your natural voice?
I think it’s natural because I kind of have a bit of a baby talking voice, but growing up I had a music crush on Jewel. She was the first singer songwriter that I got into and there are tones in her voice that are probably similar to mine.
Who’s the biggest music inspiration for you?
Probably Damien Rice, who’s an Irish singer songwriter. He was one of the main reasons I started songwriting, after listening to his album I realised how awesome songwriting can be and I’d never really heard anyone sing songs with such delicateness, it’s his style of singing and songwriting, they’re all heartbreaking, devastating songs but they appealed so much to me and I think after I heard that album I thought “I want to write something like that.” And that’s when I really got into it.
What did you learn from working with 360 and touring with such bands as Oh Mercy and Henry Wagons?
Very different things from each of those guys! 360’s very different in a life sense, the crowd’s very intense, there’s a lot of energy being thrown at you. Touring with Oh Mercy was nice to meet guys who were well played on Triple J and I’d heard of them so I was able to bond with those guys and we’re still friends. Henry Wagons as well, he was a ball to tour with and we’ve since collaborated for his latest album, did a duet, he’s a really funny guy. It’s very different touring with a hip hop act compared to a folk act!
In your opinion, what has been the greatest performance you’ve done so far?
We did a headline tour at the start of the year, promoting an EP that I just released and we played a show in Sydney and for some reason Sydney really scares me and I played a gig there and I just don’t feel like the people like it. I just haven’t played a gig in Sydney where I’ve felt like they’ve enjoyed it, it’s very different in each city so Sydney are perhaps a bit more reserved than our hometown of Melbourne, we played a gig for the tour and it sold out and the crowd were insane and as a band we all played incredible and I had one of those nights where I could sing anything and it sounds awesome, I walked off stage with the biggest buzz. Then the next night the gig wasn’t the same but that was the best gig of 2012 as a musician.
Does all the positive reaction from all your fans ever shock/surprise you?
Definitely. If I’m recognised anywhere I’m like “How do you know who I am..” it’s so strange! It’s lovely, it’s definitely motivating to hear lovely stuff about your music and yeah, their stories about why they enjoy one of your songs and why it affects them is lovely. It’s a special thing with Facebook where you can have the interaction with fans instantly. I go through stages on social media where I’m really good at it for a while and then forget about it for a while. I’m on twitter and I just got Instagram so I understand how that works now. I just posted a photo on Facebook yesterday of a burn I got on my arm over Christmas that I got from the oven and I posted that up, got 800 likes I was like, “what? Why are you liking this!” It was very strange. But it’s nice.
Have you ever had any embarrassing moments live on tour or in front of a band you really like?
I have embarrassing moments on stage when my jokes don’t go down very well, I’m a bit of a fan of a dad joke and not everyone is. I guess I’ve learnt as a support act you don’t usually talk too much because people don’t want a dad joke.
Did you ever predict your music taking off in such a great direction, or was it more of a faraway dream you thought may never happen?
I think because there are so many people trying to do music and it is just down to pure luck that gets you to the next level. There are hundreds of singer songwriters who are all trying to do the same thing, so it was a big boost when Triple J started playing my stuff and then I thought “Ok, I can take this somewhere.” It rolled on from there, then I got a booking agent and a publisher and more things rolled on. Not to say they only came onboard because of Triple J but Triple J put me out there and sparked a bit of something. I’m very grateful for Triple J.
The lyrics and heart-felt sounds of your songs are very enthralling, are some of those songs based on real-life experiences of yourself?
Not always to me, but to friends. I find it a lot easier to write songs about friends of mine and their relationships and I think that probably comes back to Damien Rice again, such genuine truthful writing that gives me goosebumps, I want to do the same thing.
Who’s an artist you’d love to work with? And why?
I’d like to work with James Vincent McMorrow who’s another Irish singer songwriter I think I’d wet my pants if I met him but after that I’d dry it off, I think we could write some good music together. I’d really like to work with Sia. I think Sia is an incredible songwriter and that would be a fun experience. It’s really hard to understand what she sings most of the time, her lyrics kind of draw into one but she’s gone from doing so many of her own albums to being one of the biggest songwriters in LA doing hits for Rhianna.
What are the plans for 2013? Any exciting adventures on the way?
Release an album, long time coming I’ve got 3 EPs, hopefully do an album and festivals for the rest of summer which is really fun and I’m looking forward to recording again, getting stuck into the record in the studio. More touring, maybe a little trip overseas just keep the fingers crossed that I get to go!
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