1. How did you get your initial start in music?
We grew up in a very musical family, particularly Dad’s side. Irish heritage and whiskey often led to late night jams and nostalgic Australian country/folk songs.
In 2005, we went backpacking around Europe and ran out of money so we decided to start ‘singing for our supper’ so to speak!
We mainly did this in France and then in 2006 we returned to University studies in Melbourne where we met some other musos. We all started to play gigs together around Melbourne.
There were so many bars and cafes and music venues in Melbourne during that time (around 2006-2010) before residency complaints and noise restrictions started to take over and shut down a lot of the music scene.
There are still many venues that still exist in Melbourne but it was just a mecca back then – the only way to play music actually… Loud and Bad. No doubt we sounded terrible then! But we just kept rocking up for more gigs.
We didn’t study music so this was the only way we could see ourselves becoming musicians.
2. What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?
We suppose we’d be lying if we didn’t say fame and fortune !!
Fame purely in the sense that we need enough people to know us in order to support & encourage our continual desire to create & perform music.
Fortune because we are sick of being so distracted and time poor trying to find money to make things happen. We would love the luxury of time to become more prolific artists.
We would also love to be able to help other independent artists create and develop also. The arts’ industries are so challenged today and we believe artists need to stick together to get things done !
3. How long have you been writing your own music?
We’ve been ‘seriously’ writing music for over 15 years now.
But we grew up in a family where making up funny songs on the spot to entertain people was normal… Does that count?!
4. Who are your top three influences and why?
We have drawn influences from 60s/70s artists we love such as: Fleetwood Mac, Crosby Stills & Nash, Neil Young, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and Van Morrison.
We love artists in particular who push vocal harmonies and offer great melodic song writing. The best 60s & 70s artists definitely did this!
Our more contemporary influences include: Arcade Fire, Elbow, Ryan Adams, Nick Cave, Fleet Foxes, M83. These guys all explore cool news sounds, great production & write sensational songs.
We are currently loving sounds & songs from The War on Drugs, Volcano Choir & Girls in Hawaii.
5. Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?
We are super proud of releasing our music into the UK. Its been a long time coming as we have always been an independent band and worked hard to raise the money ourselves and get us to launch into the UK.
The song writing of the upcoming release is very honest and took great love and conviction.
Also, it was an absolute thrill recording with Belgium producer/DJ, Luuk Cox between Malta and Belgium.
6. Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?
We are currently based in Melbourne. Our home town.
This could change at any moment depending on the success of this release!
Local Melbourne scene (as mentioned above) is still very strong. There is great talent in Australia, however we just find it very hard to export it being so far away and being such a small market.
Favourite venues include The Toff, The Forum, The Palais and The Espy (for old times sake… It’s a rock pub/institution on the St Kilda foreshore where we spent many nights trying to be rock stars!!).
7. Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?
Our favourite Aussie acts at the moment include bands like Holy Holy, Chet Faker, DMA’s, Courtney Barnett & Thief.
8. Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.
You can follow Belle Roscoe via all main social media links listed below and check out the single “Gun to my Head” on sound cloud link below also.