You may recall Queensland songstress Ayla from her May single release entitled ‘Waiting’. Now the singer songwriter is back with a brand new single called ‘When The World Ends’, which is lifted from her new EP, due at the end of next week.
With so much going on, we thought it was a more than appropriate time to reach out to Ayla and Get To Know her a little more.
01. Name : Ayla Scanlan.
02. Where are you based? On the Sunshine Coast, Queensland near Noosa.
03. How did you get your start in music? I’ve been singing since I could talk and writing songs since not long after that. Neither of my parents are musical, but they’ve always encouraged me to follow music and my grandma and pa bought me my first guitar when I was about seven.
04. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. I grew up on a farm so I had a lovely space for writing songs and I’ve been writing since I was young. I’ve been playing solo gigs for about five years and I was also in a duo and have played with a few different people in bands. It’s been great having my songs in a band format, and I’ve also really enjoyed working with Elliot Heinrich, who has produced my EP and really taken my songs to another level from the acoustic tracks that they were.
05. Who have been your musical influences? My dad listened to a lot of Neil Young and John Denver when I was younger – both of who are fantastic songwriters. I also love Norah Jones, John Mayer, Sarah Blasko and Florence Welsh.
06. What are your favourite songs of all time? I think the answer to that question would definitely change frequently. It depends what you’re in the mood for. I used to listen to a lot of Laura Marling though and have just gotten back into it and am really loving it again.
07. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. I own 12 cows. My dad has a cattle stud and I bought two cows when I was younger. They had calves and they had calves, and now I have twelve lovely cows.
08. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? Sleep on it.
09. Tell us about your latest release. ‘When The World Ends’ is the single that I’ve just released. It was actually going to be the follow up single to ‘Wish I Was’ (the first one), but we decided it was a bit too different and released another follow up instead. This is the third single that I’ve released and all three will be on an EP that’s coming out on the 6th of November, which I’m really excited about. ‘When The World Ends’ is pretty dark lyrically, but it’s not about a person, or even a feeling or anything else that I was relating to – I was just kind of having fun writing the song and experimenting with some darker lyrical imagery.
10. What do your future plans involve? Releasing this EP on the 6th of November, then doing the tour around that. After that I’d love to do some co-writing with some more different people and work on an album. I’d love to do some overseas shows as well!
11. Where can our audience catch you live?
Friday November 6, Brighton Up Bar in Sydney.
Thursday November 12, Shebeen in Melbourne.
Thursday November 26, The Milk Factory in Brisbane.