Olive Music Talks About Her New Single "Senseless"
Olive, a very talented Australian vocalist, continues to blow us away with her releases and performances. The first time we heard Olive we knew right away we had to get in touch with her! We are extremely excited to have been able to ask her some questions regarding her new single and her methods of performing.
You can read the full interview below!
First things first, introduce yourself. Let the world know who you are, where your from and how long you have been doing music.
G’Day! from Perth, Australia. I’m Olive. I’ve been a music lover since forever but really only started doing music, including writing songs and performing, for about a year and a half. I’ve finally peeled the layers of fear in following my passion for music and am now about to release my second single, Senseless, which The Drunken Coconut is now featuring! Thank you for the support – it makes the risk worthwhile ☺
Who are your major influencers when it comes to producing music?
This is a question I get asked a lot, and I often feel like I have a different answer depending on what day or week it is! There are definitely some standouts though, that consistently come to mind... Mark Ronson (Back to Black album), The Black Keys, The Arctic Monkeys, and anything from old Soul, Motown and Urban R&B. (I’ll always be a sucker for the 90’s/early 00’s R&B; the cheesier the better.)
What genres of music do you find yourself listening to daily?
Last month was URBAN/R&B, last week was anything SOUL and AMY WINEHOUSE, this week is Indie Folk, and today Brandi Carlile - The Eye (Official Video) - YouTube
(The latter worth checking out...It’s a FOLK/AMERICANA vibe, and the more I listen to it the more I love it. The lyrics are clever and sad, and the harmonies are sublime. If it sounds cheesy the first listen, that’s because it is. But I don’t care, it’s beautiful blue cheese.)
Why did you decide to become a singer/songwriter?
From about the age of 4 or 5, I used to gather my neighborhood sidekicks, hand them a hairbrush, and perform live on stage in front of thousands of people (in my bedroom) singing along to the BOYS II MEN album. I’ve definitely always had the fire for music – but like I said before I wasn’t brave enough to discover it until recently. It took lots of encouragement from a few valued people in my life to push me into writing song lyrics instead of poems, and then forcing me on a stage and practically putting the mic in my hand. Now I’m glued to it whenever I get the chance!
Although I love my day job too – school teaching for Special Needs and Indigenous Education. Human Rights and Social Justice Education is my other passion, so it creeps its way into some of my lyrics, such as in my first single Changing the World which I released earlier this year.
Do you follow a certain formula when you write songs?
If you call singing in the shower or singing whilst stuck in peak hour traffic, then yes I have a formula... ;-)
Out of all your releases and/or covers, which is your favorite and why?
I only have three completed singles so far. The third I haven’t yet released but it’s definitely my favorite. I’m exploring my Urban/R&B diva in this one – it’s more chilled, but still has the phat drums and dirty bass, and grungy, bluesy guitar stabs - which I love!
What types of things inspire you to write?
Could be anything... a good experience, a not so good one, but usually, it starts with a feeling. (Naaaw...) My debut single I wrote in about 10 minutes flat. It felt like I was writing a rap song cause my flow was on point! Hehe. It just kept rolling so I just kept on writing. I suppose I needed to let off some steam after some heated conversations with family members about current Social and Political Issues that we don’t see eye to eye on. But hey, that’s life! - I’m just grateful I have this avenue to express myself and have a voice.
I guess that’s why my songwriting often reflects or speaks on behalf of those, like many of my students and communities I work with, whose voices often go unheard.
How much time do you spend singing/writing per week?
If I’m on (or is it in?) a creative flow, I could bang out a song a day! That generally only happens during school holiday breaks though, cause once I start a song I get totally lost in it and the days disappear. I’m sure this is similar to anyone being able to engage in doing what they love. There’s no such thing as time-zone when you’re in that dimension...
What is the story behind your new single “Senseless”?
Senseless lyrics were based on a poem I wrote, The Jester’s Song. It’s about the lies and cunning nature of the jovial Jester character, who spreads his malice through whispers in the crowd. The hook line of the song “senseless heart or senseless head” is one of the lines from the poem – basically, that’s me weighing up the weight of my insanity on the head and heart scale, and which one I should or shouldn’t listen to.
I’m sure it won’t surprise you to know that the dark and melancholic lyrics of the track reflect a dark and melancholic experience and time in my life. It’s a pretty standard story – the difficult break-up – but for me personally, it was one of the lowest periods I’ve ever had because of the circumstances of the relationship which were foreign to me (and probably most people haha! Not healthy, to say the least!). It took me a long time to bounce back, and I wrote this song right in the depths of this wallow.
I knew things would get better, but it didn’t change that at the time I felt lost, a sense of loss, and alone. I questioned everything I thought I knew about myself. Senseless was one of the first songs I ever wrote and had a lot to do with trying to put that part of my life to rest. Can safely say it’s been put to bed. I’m still senseless though, for the most part. ;-)
Did you write this song by yourself or was it a collaboration?
The lyrics and melody are my own, and I had a talented bunch of guys to work with to perform and help compose the instrumentation. I love the production side of things, so I was quite involved in the mixing process (thank you to those poor producers for putting up with my perfectionism!).
Did this song easily come to you in terms of performance? Or were there any struggles?
It’s obviously a dark and heavy song – very feely. So if I’m not vibing on that level, then I won’t play the song because it just wouldn’t be real. When I do sing Senseless, though, I get them melancholic vibes (swampy lonely blues). It’s not like before though, where I would actually become affected and those feelings I had back when I wrote it bubble to the surface, so to speak.
But now, it’s more about feeling the depth of the lyrics and the images that come to mind, rather than the personal experience I originally wrote about.
Was this song recorded in a studio or from home? Do you prefer one over the other?
The song was first tracked in an industrial garage out the back of an inner city carpark before it was relocated to the studio, times two, for production and mixing stages.
Where can people listen/stream this new single?
I’ll be releasing the track with my new MUSIC VIDEO for SENSELESS (featuring a Preacher Man, a 1966 Ford Falcon, me looking like a Vampire Bride, a pine forest, and more!) on my Facebook page and YouTube channel, as well as all the usual good music spots... xx
The Drunken Coconut