We get to know AZURE in our latest feature; she’s an artist out of Sydney who, from all accounts, is a rather big fan of a certain boy wizard.
But beyond her love for all things Potter, she’s just dropped her latest single called ‘Freaks’.
And we enjoyed it muchly. So we decided a little feature on her might be just the ticket.
So join us in getting to know AZURE!
01. Name : AZURE.
02. Where are you based? Sydney now! I grew up on the Gold Coast and have been travelling back and forward from the USA for a few years.
03. How did you get your start in music? I’ve been performing my whole life singing, dancing and acting but I got approached in 2015 when I was in my final year at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music by a management team from LA. They asked to come over and audition for their people and everything just rolled from there.
04. Give us five words to best describe you as an artist. Edgy. Theatrical. Provocative. Ethereal. Audacious.
05. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. I trained in musical theatre and I loved it (still do), but there was something caging about the rigidity that never quite sat in my soul. I was always being someone else and there came a time where I wanted to be me as I really am in my own head, and AZURE was born. I think I keep the technique I learned as a musical theatre vocalist but stripped away the guidelines, rules and allowed my ‘imperfections’ to become my sound. It’s gritty and gutsy but, vulnerable.
06. What’s your earliest musical memory? My earliest musical memory probably would have to be singing for the first time in front of anyone in a drama class in the middle of a improvisation activity, and I had no idea I was any good at all. I was only 10 years old. My drama teacher at the time stopped the entire class and made everyone sit down to listen to me sing the whole song… which was by The Pussycat Dolls. It was mortifying but I walked out of the class and thought, hey, maybe I want to be a singer.
07. Who have been your musical influences? I feel like I am constantly absorbing new music and new artists and I try to learn from all of it but, I’d have to say the top musical influences for me right now are Dua Lipa, Camila Cabello, Tove Lo and Ariana Grande. Vocally, musically and stylistically I am in constant awe of these artists and try to absorb and learn as much as I possibly can. Girl Power.
08. What are your favourite songs of all time? OF ALL TIME? This is hard. I have a new favourite song each week. I can only answer for right now. I’m still not over ‘Never Be The Same’ by Camila Cabello. It’s genius and it hurts my heart every time I hear it. ‘Homesick’ by Dua Lipa absolutely kills me in the best way possible. (Love a good ballad, can you tell?) ‘You Should See Me In A Crown’ by Billie Eilish is killer, I couldn’t love that more if I tried.
09. Where’s your favourite place to listen to music? Either on my daily run when I need to daydream and make up situations in my head to distract me from the pain of exercise or in the car with my friends when we’re all showing each other the new music we found or wrote.
10. Who are your go-to artists when you’re feeling :
Happy? Ariana Grande for sure (there’s also no mood that Ari doesn’t lift) or Harry Styles.
Sad? Definitely Amy Shark; her music hurts me everytime.
Introspective? That is a great word, maybe Panic! At The Disco.
Exhausted? 1975 for sure.
11. What was the first album you ever bought? The Veronicas!!!!!!!! I think it was ‘The Secret Life Of….’ I was their biggest fan.
12. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. I’ve read every Harry Potter book over 50 times each.
13. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? I’d probably either be a lawyer or a detective.
14. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? ‘Be so good they can’t ignore you.’
15. If you could trade places with any artist in the world right now, who would it be? Dua Lipa. She is killing the game and I would love to have the inside scoop on her next album.
16. Tell us about your latest release. ‘Freaks’ is an eclectic pop/dance track that I wrote with Joe Delahoyde and Justine Eltakchi. The story is reminiscent of a twisted fairytale; a girl twisted and warped by love. It drives home the danger of love and how powerful it can be. It’s about the person that knows the darkest, deepest crevices of your soul and it’s not necessarily good or bad; it’s just explosive. A princess gone bad.
17. What do your future plans involve? SO MUCH! An EP, many performances, many new singles and so much exciting stuff! The music video for ‘Freaks’ just dropped so I’m basking in that for today at least.
18. Where can our audience catch you live? Right now we have just dropped ‘Freaks’ so we’re in the middle of that, but if you check in on my socials, you will be the first to know!!! Anywhere you want me, I’ll be there.