As a born and bred South Aussie, it is always heart warming seeing local music artists climbing the ranks through their amazing musical talent. When I first saw MANE play at a small bar in 2016, I already knew this was the start of something and it came as no shock to see her playing to a huge crowd at WOMADelaide within a year of that gig I was at.
She has even gone on to bigger things since WOMADelaide last month and ventured over to Europe to play some dates.
Upon her return from Europe, I caught up with MANE for an interview.
Europe was an amazing experience for MANE and having witness to the music scene over there. She also enjoyed having familiar faces over there at the same time such as The Wanderers. She gave special praise to the German punters who were really attentive during her gig and especially stronger numbers in the crowd there as well as strong CD sales. As she is a lover of the local Adelaide Fringe, the tour gave her the opportunity to take in the Edinburgh Fringe which was mind blowing (its still on my bucket list to do).
Even through she does love the Adelaide Fringe, WOMADelaide is her favourite festival in the entire world. Having the opportunity to play on the bill this year and be part of the diversity of the festival was a dream come true for her.
Another tour is scheduled around Australia for October and November and fans can expect a chance to dance and have fun, even though many of the songs will be sad. Old and new material will be part of the tour.
In regard to coming up with songs, she gets inspiration from personal experiences and what grabs her the most. Over her life so far, she has had a mix of good and bad relationships and whatever life throws at her, the words flow from there.
The funniest thing that has happened to her onstage was at the AIR Awards after party held at Jive Bar. While playing on stage, she swung her guitar around and knocked equipment over and even took out the BASS player.
Her biggest influences are The Fratellis who are a Northern UK rock band, as well as Florence and the Machine and The Sound of White from Missy Higgins.
And in giving advise to aspiring artists, she says to do whatever you wish to do and stay true to what they feel is their passion.
And in closing, when she isn’t playing gigs or writing new songs, she loves spending time with family and friends, and eating Italian food with pasta being her favourite cuisine. So more then likely to find her dining out at Amalfi Restaurant.
I am already looking forward to see her play again late October at Rocket Bar & Rooftop. You can find her other dates below:
Interview was done by Tony Polese