Two, almost three years ago, you moved from your hometown in Brisbane, Australia, to London. What sparked that move?
It was a huge decision, but I always had a childhood dream to move to London when I finished school. And I’m the type of person who, if I set a goal for myself, I have to honour it and see it through otherwise I’ll feel very unsettled!
Moving from one place to another is not only a physical move, it’s psychological as well. You’re suddenly in a new place, where you don’t know anyone and that can be somewhat daunting, but also exhilaratingly free…
Totally, I knew no one and had never lived in such a big city before. But the thrill of being young and unattached is so infectious. I think it’s important to live like that when you’re young, at least for a little while. You end up learning a whole lot about yourself and your ambitions!
This journey also meant you cut ties with your past self: your music and even your name changed. Talk us through those changes.
I learnt a lot about myself when I moved away from my hometown’s familiarity. I let those changes take over and take me where they wanted to. For starters, I learnt that I’m a far more positive person now than I ever used to be. That really reflects in the new music I’ve been making. I also had a desire to become as unfiltered and as real as possible, and that started with using my actual name.
As an artist and as a person, if you had to define yourself nowadays what would you say?
Free spirited, stubborn, a diehard romantic, a book nerd, and prone to random bursts of dance…
It’s interesting that to find oneself, we normally have to escape the place where we grew up. How do you perceive this?
Totally agree! Because our hometowns are filled with things that have influenced us our whole life, our families and friends, the weather, the attitudes of the community, even the cultural diversity (or lack thereof), the minute we step away from all of those things… it’s like a puppet having all its strings cut, free to move in any direction.