Taste Test: Missy Higgins
Missy Higgins tells us about some of her favourite records.
Missy Higgins, Gurrumul Yunupingu, The Cat Empire, Something For Kate, You Am I, Baby Animals, British India, Ian Moss, TZU, , Diesel, Emma Louise, Shannon Noll, The Beards, Clairy Browne & The Bangin' Rackettes, King Cannons, Electric Empire, Chase The Sun, Ruby Boots, Kingswood, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, All The Colours, Mia Dyson, The Fauves, Jordie Lane, Loon Lake, Deep Street Soul, Ngaiire, Jackson Firebird, Money For Rope, , Butterfly Boucher, The DC3, Howlin' Steam Train, Howlin' Steam Train, , Halfway to Forth, Keshie, The Joe Kings, Tom Richardson Project , Juan Alban, Juan Alban, Sweethearts, Shaun Kirk, Wishful, Luke Legs & The Midnight Specials, Lily & King, Al Parkinson, Alister Turrill, Catherine Sanzaro & Izzy losi, Jamie Pye, Inertia Brass Band, Yirrmal And The Yolngu Boys, Tides Of Welcome, Tane, ...more to be announced
Missy Higgins tells us about some of her favourite records.
“I sort of officially have no home anymore, and kind of have officially got addicted to that idea, too... It’s not so much on the run, but it’s like, when you’re on the move, it’s kinda really refreshing. You know, you’ve got a reason to get out of bed.”
"It’s great, it’s putting on an old t-shirt... There’s familiarity and comfort. It’s good, it’s nice."
“We were invited to play at The World Beard and Mustache Championships... On that weekend, in that city, in Anchorage of Alaska, the best beards in the world were there. It was as if for one weekend we were living in the utopian society that we hope to one day create. Where bearded men can walk down the street and get the respect that they deserve. It was just great.”
"I’m really digging Kendrick Lamar... He’s an amazing writer. Listening to his music it sounds like, Yo, this dude has got no rules – he’s not conforming to anything whatsoever."
“This is us, this is what these four people made and this is where we are. And let’s start a conversation. Undoubtedly there’ll be strong opinions, but fuck, it’s good. It’s a good thing to do. So let’s keep it TZU. That’s what it is.”
“We don’t want to isolate and push our fans away, we’d love it if they came with us, but we recognise that it’s hard to sort of continue that party vibe when you’re sort of doing dark, challenging, artistic music.”
"I was really lost there for a while. I let my guard down I think, and thought maybe this is my big break and I can let someone else take care of it all… But ultimately I’m glad to actually be at the helm of my career and the one in charge."
"It’s quite striking, but not immediately likable – people seem to like it, so maybe I’m wrong about that... [the album]’s pretty diverse but I think there will be some other big-sounding, darker songs on it as well."
"I didn’t survive particularly well, especially the first year. I had no money and I couldn’t afford a band. Like I thought I could go over there and just play with a band like I had here, and the reality very quickly came upon me that the cost of touring..."
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I’d like to say something really cool, but it definitely would have been the Spice Girls.
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