Q&A Scene: Shelly Segal

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

My new single ‘Background Noises is the second single from my Strange Feeling EP which I released this May. The song is a beautiful track about a friends divorce. It is heartfelt and melancholic, with mercurial vocals, a delicate string arrangement and affirming horn sections.

[pullquote]My last single ‘Sidelined’ released in April this year speaks about body image and aesthetics. I received a very positive response to this song from fans and a rather extreme negative response to this song from an online hate group – FPH[/pullquote] To celebrate the release of the new single and video clip I will be playing a national tour, starting this week! I’ll be playing in WA (Perth), SA(Adelaide), QLD(Brisbane), NSW(Albury,Sydney) and VIC(Dormant, Ballarat,Melbourne) with a Melb launch at Bennett’s Lane on Nov 26 I’ve just gotten back from a 3 month tour in the US and am excited to be back on the road in Australia
How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
Lasagne :)

Layered
Can be heavy or cheesy (or both)
Desirous
Which of your songs resonate most strongly and why?

Due to it’s freethinking and secular message, my first single, ‘Saved’ resonated deeply with the secular movement in the United States. The song brought me to the Reason Rally in 2012. This was a secular rally of 30,000 people on the National Mall in Washington DC. It was amazing to sing to so many people all engaged with same issues that I was. It has since taken me on 8 further tours of the United States.

My 2014 single ‘Morocco’ – about my travels there in 2007 was picked up by the Moroccan World News and elicited a very strong response in the national and international press. Some people felt the song was a criticism of the country and others felt it was an accurate depiction. I was happy that the song became a platform for discussion. “It is helpful and interesting to have dialogue about controversial topics” – Allison Kraemer (Moroccan World News)

My last single ‘Sidelined’ released in April this year speaks about body image and aesthetics. I received a very positive response to this song from fans and a rather extreme negative response to this song from an online hate group – FPH

Tell us a quick, on the road, anecdote.

On this last tour I had a performance in Myrtle Beach (For the Carolinas Secular Conference) and there was a hurricane off the coast which brought historic floods to the state. On the day we were meant to leave the highways started flooding and we headed out to find our way through rather than risk getting flooded in and missing heaps of shows. We made it out and the conference was awesome. I heard some fantastic and inspiring speakers.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

I draw inspiration from day to day life – my experiences and the experiences of the people close to me. From authors I read, other musicians, people I meet, cities I visit. Our everyday experiences shape our worldviews and therefore our world. There is so much wisdom to be gained from each moment.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

‘Just a Girl’ by No Doubt

What’s next for you?

I will be back in the studio recording another EP soon. It will be with the same producer as this current EP. Now we know what is possible together I’m excited to see how we can push things for the next project

What’s your scene?

Going to see awesome live music, great food -out or at home, sitting on the couch with an awesome book (fiction/non-fiction), going to lectures/discussions/debates.

About Shelly Segal

Shelley Segal October 2015 low resHaving just returned from a huge 40-date tour in the US, spirited Melbourne singer songwriter, Shelley Segal has announced the release of her new single, Background Noises. The flirtatious storyteller will hit the road for a string of national dates kicking off in Perth on November 18, moving through Adelaide, on to Victoria to play

Dromana and Bennetts Lane, Brisbane, Albury, back to Adelaide onto Sydney and then home to Melbourne to complete the tour at Shelley’s regular Collins Square residency on December 18.

Lifted from her Strange Feeling EP (released May 2015), Background Noises is a blissfully lush and layered song, full of strings, keys and horns. Background Noises shows a more vulnerable and delicate side to the prolific and often opinionated singer songwriter. Written after the divorce of close friends and trying to imagine the situation from their perspective, Shelley explains, “The chorus seems to mean something different to me each time I sing it. Sometimes a shock, a deep loss, a painful reminder, an acceptance, a coming to terms with, a finality, a longing, an assertiveness, a future, a determinedness. As such a change would at different times of reflection. It’s not just a love or relationship lost but a physical place – a space and time that was all encompassing and is now gone.”

Shot and directed by Vince Lamberti (Bus Stop: Best Short Film 2011 Fist Full of Films Festival), the video clip is a visual expression of the song. “It’s documenting the loss of the spaces that vanish with drastic change and the accompanying pain and sadness,” explains Shelley. “It also touches on the positives of the growth and gains that can come after loss.”

An engaged and passionate touring artist, Shelley is eager to be back in Australia and share her recent experiences on stage with her local fans. “I’m excited to be back in Aus and to share what I’ve built: A space to reflect on the everyday, to see the layers of meaning behind each experience and how they shape us and our world,” she enthuses.

Strange Feeling (2015) fits seamlessly in to Shelley’s impressive back catalogue of releases, from her internationally inspired pop album, An Easy Escape (2013) through to her folk-pop protest record, An Atheist Album (2012) and collaborative Jazz album with Adam Levy (Norah Jones, Tracy Chapman), Little March (2013).

Shelley also wrote and recorded award-winning track, Chemistry, with DJ Carl Cox, which spent two weeks at  #1 on the dance charts in 2011.

Shelley Segal Shows

FRI 13 NOV | COLLINS SQUARE, DOCKLANDS VIC | ALL AGES | 6-9PM FREE ENTRY

WED 18 NOV | THE ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB (BLOOM SUPPORT), PERTH WA | DOORS 7PM | UNDER 18 MUST

HAVE GUARDIAN | TICKETS: http://www.ellingtonjazz.com.au/event/bloom-ep-launch/  

SAT 21 NOV | WHEATSHEAF HOTEL, ADELAIDE SA | 18+ | 9.30PM FREE ENTRY

SUN 22 NOV | HICKINBOTHAM OF DROMANA, DROMANA VIC | ALL AGES | 1-4PM FREE ENTRY

THU 26 NOV | BENNETTS LANE, MELBOURNE VIC | 18+ | TICKETS $20:

https://www.bennettslane.com/gigs.php?eID=1903

FRI 27 NOV | COLLINS SQUARE, DOCKLANDS VIC | ALL AGES | 6-9PM FREE ENTRY

SUN 29 NOV | THE MILK FACTORY, STH BRISBANE QLD | UNDER 18’S MUST CONTACT VENUE | DOORS 4PM |

TICKETS $10: www.OzTix.com.au

WED 9 DEC | ALBION HOTEL, ALBURY NSW | 18+ | 9PM FREE ENTRY

THUR 10 DEC | FED SQUARE LIVE | ALL AGES | 6PM FREE ENTRY

SAT 12 DEC | THE NEWSAGENCY, SYDNEY NSW | 18+ | TICKETS $15:

http://www.thenewsagencyvenue.com/?p=438

SUN 13 DEC | WHEATSHEAF HOTEL, ADELAIDE SA | 18+ | 4.30PM FREE ENTRY

FRI 18 DEC | COLLINS SQUARE, DOCKLANDS VIC | ALL AGES | 6-9PM FREE ENTRY

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