We got to have a chat with the beautiful singer/songwriter Ayla last week about touring, living on the Sunshine Coast and how everything started for her. Last time we caught up with Ayla was at BIGSOUND last year and man how things have progressed for this girl, have a read and a listen of our chat.
Hey Ayla its Keeley from Rabbit Radio how are you?
Hi Keeley I’m good thanks how are you?
Yeah I’m good! How’s your morning been?
Yeah pretty good thanks! Pretty relaxed so far.
How is everything going with the tour prep?
Yeah it’s going good we’ve been doing a fair bit of rehearsing and stuff and I’m really excited to start playing some shows.
Yeah well it starts in a couple of days doesn’t it in Toowoomba?
Yeah we did a little show at a local festival in Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast on the second of september but it really kicks off on Sunday at the Carnival of Flowers.
Yeah that sounds so magical!
I’m really looking forward to seeing all of the flowers it sounds really beautiful, have you ever been?
No I haven’t is it all wildflowers?
Apparently the people in the town have planted all the flowers specifically for this as well but I think there’s a main display of them somewhere in Toowoomba that are planted specifically for the carnival.
Wow that’s awesome! And they do that every year do they?
Yeah we actually played there last year at a side event but it was at night time so we didn’t get to see the flowers, but they said last year they planted the flowers in shapes of the Eiffel tower and the Harbor Bridge and things like that, so that sounds really cool!
That sounds amazing! So do you go back to Caloundra for part of your tour for the music festival?
Yeah we play on the second of October as a band and I’m doing a solo set on the 3rd of October as well.
Do you prefer doing the solo gigs or festivals?
I like both of them; they both have their good points. I like playing with the band because it sounds more full and vibrant, I like playing with other musicians and hanging out with them as well before the show, it gets a bit lonely if you’re just by yourself. I don’t mind both.
Are they following you on the whole tour?
Yep, the whole tour except for the 3rd of October solo show at Caloundra but the rest will be the full band, so we’ve been practicing up for that and I’m really excited to take that live.
How did you meet the band or have you always known them?
Two of them are friends of mine from the Sunshine Coast where I live and one of them is actually from the Gold Coast, my regular drummer couldn’t make a show and then someone helped me out with him and he’s just kind of stuck since then and he’s really amazing so I’m really glad to have him on board.
Where on the sunny coast do you live?
I am in Nambour its near Maroochydoor.
What cities do you like playing in the most?
I really like that with music your able to travel all over the place and I like seeing new places I actually played in Perth for the first time this year and that was exciting because I hadn’t been that far before. I was supporting Kate Miller-Heidke on her tour, so that was really cool. I don’t really have a favorite city I don’t think I just like seeing new places, and eating all the different foods.
Haha that’s the best part hey, what’s your dream venue to play in?
I’ve always really wanted to play at the Enmore Theatre. Which isn’t a very big venue but I used to live near it in Sydney for a little while, just a couple of months there and I would see all the cool acts on the posters and stuff and just thought that would be pretty cool.
Your Triple J Like A Version of ‘Throw Your Arms Around Me’ by Hunters & Collectors was so beautiful! What made you choose that song?
Thank you very much! It was odd music month at the time, so I wanted to choose an Australian artist and I think they are a brilliant Australian act. My mum would sing that song around the house sometimes so I thought it would be nice to do that one.
It was really really nice, did it take you long to write your version?
We actually didn’t have much time at all to do it; it was kind of a last minute thing. We had to put it together pretty quickly, we actually didn’t do the full rehearsal with the extra members, we were lucky enough to have Montaigne from Sydney and the guitarist from gang of youths, they jumped on board to help us out with that and that was in Sydney so we flew down and rehearsed with them the night before, so that was very last minute and really fun!
That’s amazing you would never have thought that!
Haha thank you it was so stressful, the most stressful couple of days.
You look like you were having a lot of fun when you were doing it.
Yeah I was definitely, I took my bass player and drummer down so it was good to have some friends around to keep me calm and have fun with. And it was definitely fun when we were in there, I think I was more nervous thinking about how nervous I would be, and when we actually got in there it was fine and everyone was really nice.
The build-ups always like that hey even when you’re performing.
That would have been fun collaborating with those other artists though?
Yep definitely I am really thankful that they wanted to jump on board for it
How did it feel releasing your first EP last year?
Yeah it was really good to get it out there I had some of the songs for quite a few years and some of them were recent so it was really good to put them all together and get them out and do a couple of shows, yeah I was really happy with how it was received and everything.
Yeah because you had a few high rotation tracks on Triple J which is pretty exciting!
Yeah that was amazing!
You just released your latest single ‘Like The Other Kids’ only a couple of weeks ago is that a little taste of more stuff that’s coming?
Yeah that’s right! So this is the first single off a new EP that will be coming out and I’ve got a couple more tracks finished for that one and a couple more that I’m recording at the moment so that’s been a lot of fun. Like the other kids has been in the bank for a little while now a couple of months so it was good to get it out.
What’s the recording process like, do you do any of it yourself?
I’m actually studying a bachelor of music in Brisbane and one of the subjects is production so I’m trying my hardest to learn as much as I can about production but I’m not very good. I sort of do a very rough demo at home and send that off and just follow the basics. But I am there while the recording is happening. I’m doing the rest of production next year so I’m going to put all of my efforts into it then.
So you told us that you toured with Kate Miller-Heidke, you also toured with Husky.
I just did one show with Husky but that was cool, in Brisbane at The Zoo.
That would have been awesome!
Yeah it was good
If you could pick any artist dead or alive to support you who would you pick?
To support me!? Umm haha I don’t know that’s a tough one! I have been asked who I would like to support, I would feel bad asking someone too big to support me I don’t know if they would want to do that!
No way! Haha any artist!
Haha ohh I don’t know, I really like John Mayer but I don’t think they would want to support me.
You never know you never know
Haha I would not want to go on after them!
You need to give yourself more credit! When did you decide you want to chase music?
I have always sort of been doing music I did it at school and before that I was always singing and making up little songs so it was always something that I did but I thought it would kind of be a hobby or something I did on the side but then in year 11 people started to think more about what they wanted to do after school and that’s when I realized that music was what I really enjoyed doing and that I should probably take that as far as I could, so that’s what I’m doing.
So where do you hope to get to, what’s your biggest goal?
When I day dream I don’t really day dream about where I’m going to get with music I think about other things and music I’m just kind of seeing what happens I don’t really have any major over arching goal, just sort of little goals, one at a time sort of thing and then when things happen I’m really thankful.
One last question, so when you have the band behind you do you guys just kind of jam out and back you up?
Well the producer that I worked with for my first EP played a really big part, before I had worked with him I was really just acoustic and didn’t really have much idea of really other band parts, so he played a really big role and wrote a lot of the parts. We kind of took that from the recording and then translated it into live and since then we’ve been working on some of the other parts for the other songs and on the new EP we’ve worked that out as a band as well as being developed more by the producer so yeah, were developing a bit more as a band now I think.
Its good when your band is your friends I guess and you can just flow together.
Yeah definitely, they are all really great guys and musicians so I’m lucky.
Well thanks so much for having a chat and have fun on the tour!
Thanks for interviewing me!
That’s all right anytime anytime, and hopefully we’ll see you when you come to Perth next, ill keep my eye out for you.
That would be great! See you later.