We’re heading to the Apple Isle for our latest Get To Know feature; say hello to the altogether gorgeous Medhanit.
Today’s a big day for the 19 year old singer songwriter; her debut single ‘Her’ is being launched out into the world.
It’s a beautiful piece with an incredibly poignant message.
So join us as we get to know Medhanit.
01. Name : Medhanit.
02. Where are you based? I’m based in Launceston, Tasmania.
03. How did you get your start in music? Playing the main stage in 2018 at the Mona Foma festival was a really pivotal moment in my music journey. I was so nervous I forgot to plug my guitar in! The opportunity allowed me to connect with other artists, but also led me to the decision that I wanted to pursue a sound bigger than myself.
04. Give us five words to best describe you as an artist. Vibrant, intricate, compelling, sincere and emotive.
05. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. I’ve grown up performing and writing acoustically, only this year beginning to transition into the world of production. Through working with producer Jack McLaine (Sumner), I am venturing into the indie-pop genre and beginning to craft a sound that is introspective yet dynamic, aiming for an assertive blend of youthful production and introspective lyrics.
06. What’s your earliest musical memory? Singing ‘Away In A Manger’ solo in front of everyone for my school production in kindergarten and being fairly convinced I was going to throw up the entire time.
07. Who have been your musical influences? When it comes to writing music an organic type sound, I am very influenced by artists like Angie McMahon, but in terms of tracks which incorporate more electronic production I really love artists like Wafia, BENEE and Lorde.
08. What are your favourite songs of all time? ‘And I Am A Woman’ by Angie McMahon, ‘BITCH’ by Lennon Stella, ‘Two Weeks’ – Triple J Like A Version by #1 Dads & Tom Snowdon, ‘You Can Call Me Al’ by Paul Simon, ‘Tilted’ by Christine and the Queens and ‘Love’ by Kendrick Lamar & Zacari.
09. Where’s your favourite place to listen to music? Definitely while exercising, it’s a solid distraction.
10. Who are your go-to artists when you’re feeling : Happy? Sad? Introspective? Exhausted? If I’m in a good mood, my go-tos are Tkay Maidza, Courtney Barnett, or Flume. If I’m sad probably Billie Eilish or Lorde, but I can’t go past ‘Delete’ by the DMA’s or Cub Sport’s Like a Version of ‘When the Party’s Over’. For an introspective mood I’d say Lana Del Ray, Winston Surfshirt or Christine and the Queens. I listen to a lot of Angie McMahon, Isla Ka, Angus & Julia Stone if I’m exhausted.
11. What was the first album you ever bought? Taylor Swift’s ‘Fearless’!
12. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. I trained in the Australian Ballet School’s International/Interstate Training Program for around three years in early high school.
13. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? Probably a criminal psychologist, or maybe even dancing.
14. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? Back yourself!
15. What’s been the highlight of your musical journey so far? Performing my first live band set earlier this year at Junction Arts Festival was pretty memorable. To present a sound I’d been imagining for years with some crazily talented musicians was really special.
16. What’s been the strangest experience you’ve had in the business? After playing a gig in Hobart, some people asked to take photos with me and I thought it was the weirdest thing ever because it had never happened before! I was also holding fish and chips in one hand and my guitar in the other, so I wasn’t exactly prepared.
17. If you could trade places with any artist in the world right now, who would it be? Billie Eilish.
18. Tell us about your latest release. ‘Her’ is a tale of quiet but fierce desperation. ‘Her’ is craving somebody’s affection so much so that you’re willing to surrender your physical and emotional self to their diminishing attention span.
‘Her’ is comparison, ruthless jealousy and vulnerability. ‘Her’ is looking for healing at the hands of the one
who hurt you.
I do not personally know what it’s like to have the amount of love I receive in a relationship be determined by my partner’s alcohol intake, but I do know what it feels to forget how to breathe for a while a love that feels vital becomes circumstantial.
‘Her’ is a story of frantic fragility.
19. What do your future plans involve? Right now I am focusing on writing and producing future releases, but also expanding and enhancing my live set.
20. Where can our audience catch you live?
January 01 : Taste of Tasmania
January 17 : Mona Foma ‘My Favourite Things’ Show
February 07 : Party in the Paddock