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FACING FORWARD WITHPHOEBE GO

by Megan Bowles

In anticipation of her debut EP Player, we dive into the world of the Australian artist Phoebe Go and her latest soul-bearing single, ‘Hey’.

Though Phoebe Go’s solo career is just starting out, she is by no means a newcomer to the music scene. At just 15 years old, the success of her high-school band Snakadaktal set her up as an industry one-to-watch, and after her recent project Two People, she has proven us all right. Now with 10 years of experience under her belt, she admits that the process of finding her voice as a solo artist has been daunting. Despite feeling the pressure, her previous singles ‘The Kid’ and ‘We Don’t Talk’ have sent waves across the industry and garnered the attention of Australian tastemakers alike – ‘Hey’ is certainly no exception.

Phoebe Go’s new single is a poignant, earnest tribute to the consuming grief that comes with loss, a song she wrote to try and process the sudden passing of her youngest cousin. She explains that she “didn’t know how to make sense of it all. And I still don’t and I don’t think I ever will. But this song is really my way of coming to grips with that”. Guitar-led arrangements and gentle ethereal vocals set the tone for the captivating raw honesty of the lyrics that pull at the heartstrings, but ultimately provide a sense of hopefulness. This honesty is not something to be taken for granted; the single’s stripped back production and vulnerable simplicity can dredge nostalgia from even the least sentimental. We can expect a similar atmosphere from her upcoming EP Player, set to be released on the 28th of October, which is an ode to self-growth, exploration and finding comfort through solitude (a journey we think all of us can relate to). We heard from Phoebe Go about all things ‘Hey’, Player, what’s coming up next for her career and more…

We love your new track ‘Hey’, what inspired you to write this song?

I wrote it about the loss of my younger cousin. I guess songwriting is the thing I turn to when I can’t make sense of something.

What message do you hope people take away from it?

‘Hey’ is sort of hinting at hope. There is grief at the centre, yeah, but it’s really about how loss and life are kind of intertwined. It’s about how they’re sort of the same thing. And if we untangle all the pain of grief, there’s a really special stillness in there. It’s tough to put into words, but I wrote ‘Hey’ because I needed a way of connecting with somebody who was no longer there. So I guess that’s what I hope for other people to take away from it.

What can we expect from your debut EP PLAYER?

5 songs that I really love.

What do you envision the future of music to look like?

From an industry side? Probably more chaotic than ever. But artists are gonna keep writing meaningful work. And I think that’s gonna be the only constant.

What is one change you’d love to make to the industry?

I know it’s a simple one but I think it’s a big one. I think the industry needs to stop contorting artists to their liking. You know? I think everybody needs to remember that the artist is actually the boss. There isn’t one mold and it’s not a 9 to 5 for us. So if you’re working with an artist, sit down with them and get to know them as a person. Make sure you listen and make sure they’re the kind of artist you want to be working with. If you’re not excited by what they have to say, you shouldn’t be working with them.

If you could collaborate with any musician in the future, who would it be and why?

Nick Cave. I love his lyrics.

Where would be your dream venue to play?

On a hill somewhere.

Who are you betting on for future stardom?

My friend’s little brother Forest Claudette.

Where do you hope to be in the next year?

Travelling overseas a bit with a new record to put out.

The next 5 years?

I wanna build my own studio one day. So I hope to be there.

Listen to Phoebe Go’s single ‘Hey’ below now…

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