Join us as we Get To Know Odette, a hot new singer songwriter out of Sydney. She’s signed to EMI and has just dropped her second single ‘Collide’.
But, as you’ll discover by her answers below, there’s so much more to come than just two singles… there’s a 2018 album, some live shows and more!
01. Name : Georgia Odette Sallybanks.
02. Where are you based? Sydney, Australia.
03. How did you get your start in music? I started writing poems and stories when I was seven or eight. Aside from that, I was determined to figure out how to play piano and sing at the same time, so I guess after a while I just realised I could merge my love for writing, singing and playing together.
04. Give us five words to best describe you as an artist. Lyrical, diverse, adventurous, honest, emotive.
05. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. Well I grew up with a large variety of music from both my parents. My mother was very much in tune with that soul, pop and rhythm, whereas my dad introduced me to artists like Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Sylvian, The Cranberries… all kinds of stuff. However, I suppose that I have always been drawn to singer/songwriters that are really in tune with their instruments.
I discovered artists like Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos, James Blake, Joanna Newsom and became totally immersed in their worlds. These influences, along with my own life experienced, gave me a love of storytelling and using my music as a platform for expressing my deepest concerns, fears and thoughts.
06. Who have been your musical influences? My musical influences have definitely been artists that write with an instrument. Artists like Missy Higgins, Joanna Newsom, Carole King, Esperanza Spalding and Norah Jones have all played their part in influencing my way of viewing music creating.
07. What are your favourite songs of all time? Ooooh that’s a tricky one! My favourite songs of all time would have to be ‘Forbidden Colours’ by Ryuichi Sakamoto and David Sylvain, ‘Time As A Symptom’ by Joanna Newsom, ‘Chelsea Hotel #2’ by Leonard Cohen, ‘Sing To The Moon’ by Laura Mvula and ‘Just Like Heaven’ by The Cure.
08. What was the first album you ever bought? The first album I ever bought… oh man. I don’t even remember. It must have been like a ‘So Fresh 2010’ or something in all honesty.
09. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. I can read backwards and speak backwards.
10. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? So I’ve answered this question before and I said something to do with writing, like an author or something along those lines. I stand by that, but I think it would also be really cool to be a stunt double.
11. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? It was actually second-hand advice. I was working with this guy who had attended a party with this other artist. They had a drunken conversation and she told him that as an artist it’s imperative that you stay true to yourself, your sound and what you’ve created. I think about that a lot.
12. Tell us about your latest release. ‘Collide’ is a song I wrote in early 2015. It was written for a guy I was in a really toxic situation with. It’s about yearning for a connection that doesn’t exist.
13. What do your future plans involve? Well there will definitely be another single coming early next year. There’s also a finished album! So I’m very excited to release that next year. Other than that, I have been writing and writing. I’ve been starting to build another body of work, so yes… the future involves endlessly writing to no end.
14. Where can our audience catch you live? I have some headline shows coming up next year. I’m playing Brighton Up Bar in Sydney on February 08 and I’m also playing the Gasometer in Melbourne on February 15.
WEBSITE : https://www.odettesodyssey.com/
FACEBOOK : https://www.facebook.com/odettesodyssey/
INSTAGRAM : https://www.instagram.com/odettesodyssey/
TWITTER : https://twitter.com/OdettesOdyssey
SOUNDCLOUD : https://soundcloud.com/OdettesOdyssey