Get to know Allola, a fresh artist out of Melbourne who’s just dropped her kick-arse debut single ‘High Horse’.
We’re incredibly impressed by this track; by its production, by its pop hooks, by its vocals. And if ‘High Horse’ is any indication, Allola will certainly be one to watch over the coming years.
Take a listen to ‘High Horse’ below and get to know your new homegrown pop obsession (Allola) right here.
01. Name : Allola.
02. Where are you based? Melbourne.
03. How did you get your start in music? I was given the lead female role in my primary school performance of ‘Ned Kelly – The Musical’. I know… quality playwriting. People seemed to like my voice so I started taking singing lessons and soon after picked up piano and guitar so I could write my own tunes.
I studied music at uni and then begun producing my own stuff after I graduated. Since then I’ve been lucky enough to share the stage with some pretty awesome acts, including Amy Shark, Tora, Tigertown and London Topaz.
04. Give us five words to best describe you as an artist. Edgy, fun, fearless, passionate, innovative.
05. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. After uni I was so lost as to what direction I wanted to take my genre. I had a lot of piano ballads I had written but didn’t know how they would fit in today’s music scene. So I bought a drum machine and started to put beats to the ballads, which opened up a whole new world for me.
I fell in love with pop and electronic music and bought a synth which allowed me to program and compose loops.
I remember listening to Rüfüs Du Sol and trying to replicate their entire album to learn how to create the sounds they made, and that was pretty much how I learned to produce! Thanks Rüfüs!
06. What’s your earliest musical memory? When I was 12 we started a family band with my two younger brothers and my two cousins. We wrote and recorded a song in our garage on a TASCAM 8-Track with my uncle.
07. Who have been your musical influences? I have been into so many different artists over the years which have shaped me as a songwriter. Sia has been a huge influence in how I write melody. She is just able to find the notes that make you feel something… and I love that!
Sonically I draw influences from artists such as CHVRCHES, Passion Pit, Haim, Broods, Client Liaison. I love the way writers are bringing back the ’80s synth movement. Anything with a vintage synth and I’m on board!
08. What are your favourite songs of all time? Radiohead : ’15 Step’, Jeff Buckley : ‘Mojo Pin’, Tears For Fears : ‘Everybody Wants To Rule the World’.
09. Where’s your favourite place to listen to music? When I’m taking a walk… or a run. I feel so connected to the beat, it also makes exercise instantly more bearable!
10. Who are your go-to artists when you’re feeling :
Happy : Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.
Sad : London Grammar.
Introspective : Radiohead.
Exhausted : whatever Yoga/Meditation playlist Spotify has to offer!
11. What was the first album you ever bought? Delta Goodrem – ‘Innocent Eyes’…. no shame.
12. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. One of my legs is slightly longer than the other.
13. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? Probably something in the coffee industry, either roasting or teaching others how to make it. Added bonus, you get to drink coffee all day/every day!
14. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? This wasn’t so much advice, but during the day I work in hospitality and I’ve seen so many people come through complaining about their jobs. They always say the same thing though… “don’t give up on your dreams… you don’t want to look back in 30 years and wish you’d done something different”.
15. If you could trade places with any artist in the world right now, who would it be? If I could sing like Beyonce for a day I wouldn’t be unhappy with that.
16. Tell us about your latest release. ‘High Horse’ was one of the first tracks I produced when I was first starting out. It’s about a guy I was with at the time who was pretty egotistical, and a little crazy. He held himself on a pedestal and didnt have a lot of respect for women. I was too blind to see this at the time, but I got a kickass song out of it.
I wanted to contrast the light and bouncy nature of the track with the darkness in the lyrics to really highlight the up and down nature of what I was going through at the time. I teamed up with a US producer and now close friend of mine Mark Eckert. We really brought this track to life together and am so stoked with what we created!
17. What do your future plans involve? I’m sitting on a couple of tracks for future releases so stay tuned! Also tour plans may be on the cards for 2019.
18. Where can our audience catch you live? Shows to be announced for 2019! Keep tabs on my socials.