Q&A Scene: Libby Steel

Tell us about your new single?

I’ve just released my new single ‘Miss Me’. It’s hauntingly raw soundscape offers a different side to my sound which I’m really excited to share. It was recorded at Medici studios in Geelong with my fabulous band and Michael Stangel. It’s lyric focused and has some big swells which the production really brings to life.

I originally wrote ‘Miss Me’ when I was living in Melbourne. The song came from a feeling of not belonging somewhere or with somebody, which stems back to my early teens.

My father abandoned my family at a young age, leaving my three sisters, myself and my mum, who at the time had cancer. As a result, we lost our home, and struggled to stay afloat for some time. ‘Miss Me’ has been a catharsis for expressing some of that pain and anger, and hopefully a channel for others to as well.

I’ve just finished touring ‘Miss Me’ around Tasmania and I’m looking forward to performing it live in Victoria soon!

What’s your favourite work at this point in time? (your own or your group’s work)

‘Miss Me’ is my favorite project to date. I can’t compare the energy of the song to anything else, especially when performing live. When we first played ‘Miss Me’ at an intimate show in Geelong, I wasn’t expecting people to connect with it so much. We had people in tears which has really stuck with me, making it something special.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
A big bowl of home cooked pasta – it’s straight from the heart, warm and delicious – It’s got some juicy flavours, some secret ingredients passed down from generations & and always leaves you wanting more!

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.
The band and I called a last minute outfit change before St Kilda Festival – however, Tommy our guitarist doesn’t have Facebook and completely missed the memo. He came to the festival wearing all white, and in typical fashion – no shoes. If Jesus played an electric guitar, he would have looked something like Tommy that day!

What, or who, inspires you?
I grew up shuffling through my mums collection of old (mostly scratched) CD’s – Aretha Franklin, Nina Simon, you name it. I loved trying to emulate their voices – attempting to hit their highest and lowest notes. After years of yelling at the top of my voice and three fed up sisters – my mum finally agreed I needed some singing lessons. 10 years later, these artists are still some of main inspiration.

Which song do you wish you wrote?
‘Can’t help falling in love’ – Elvis Presley

What’s next for you?
We have just come home from 10 days touring Tasmania. It was amazing and we’re so eager to get on the road again! For the minute, we’re working on some music and our live set getting ready for the festival season. 

What’s your scene?
At the moment, the scene is jamming with my band in our little bungalow in Torquay & some sunset surfs. But who knows what’s next!

 

Libby Steel, winner of the Triple J unearthed Queenscliff music festival competition & artist at St Kilda’s Best New Artist stage, is an Australian alternative pop singer-songwriter. The Western Victorian rocket has made waves in the industry, known for her witty lyrics & ashamedly bold and colourful pop music.

Her 2017 singles ‘Bones, People & Fever’ captured the attention of Triple J & Unearthed where she received stellar reviews from presenters praising her ‘big and versatile voice in a clever pop song, claiming she’s ‘part Lily Allen and part Saskwatch. It’s a winning combo’.

Libby Steel is weaving her way into the music scene, taking her animated, dynamic set across the country. From playing at festivals nation wide to supporting artists including San Cisco, she is bound to draw you in and leave you wanting more.

 

About Mary Boukouvalas 1116 Articles
Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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