In most cases, two is always better than one, which is why many were delighted with Fieldsy went and released a pair of singles this summer. We talked about implementing her Irish roots into music, what it was like to take on the Australian music scene, and more in this back and forth exchange.
Kendra: What came first – your interest in music or your move to Australia?
Fieldsy: I’ve been in Australia for 10 years but have been singing, performing, and recording music for over 25 years which started at a young age in Ireland.
Kendra: How has it been getting to know and embrace the Australian music scene, and at what point did it start to feel like the scene started to embrace you back?
Fieldsy: It was a learning process! The scene here is so vast with so many popular genre-based areas, it was tricky to find my place, so to be honest although everyone was welcoming and I’ve made so many great friends from all sorts of musical backgrounds, I feel like I’ve created my own space in the industry here, and anyone is welcome to join!
Kendra: So you just released not one but two singles! They complement one another well, and on the surface contrast enough but at the same time they both had this undeniable, theatrical vibe to them. It’s like you write and perform for the back of the room. Where does that vibrant spirit come from?
Fieldsy: These two singles are an elevation of my former works and I think it’s because I took full control over production! I was finding it difficult to find a producer that could produce the sounds that I could hear in my head and how I wanted the songs to build so I took a production course and worked on these two songs myself which I’m super proud of. It’s scary to put yourself out there like that especially when you have little hands-on experience in the studio production/engineering side but it just felt so natural to me, and I’ve always been a “do now think later” type of person, so I think that spirit helps the authenticity in my music.
Kendra: What I also loved about “Me Myself And I” were the Celtic elements. It seems like no matter what genre an Irish musician does, they’ll always pay homage to their roots, which I appreciate. Did your family grow up with Celtic music all around?
Fieldsy: Definitely! I have a very large extended Irish family with many different tastes in styles of music but at the core, traditional Irish Music was always blasted around the house and at family gatherings with the typical round table sing-alongs on a Friday night after a few too many Guinness!
Kendra: Speaking of “Me Myself And I,” it’s about something I need more help with and that is women looking out for themselves, self-care, the whole lot. Was this something you sort of had to realize for yourself or were you venting over perhaps seeing others ignoring their needs?
Fieldsy: Initially writing this song, it was kind of a novelty theme, I was touching on the subject that a women’s needs in the bedroom are forgotten once the men have ‘gotten theirs’ if you know what I mean, but as the song evolved I loved how it could be interpreted differently to the listener and can speak to women who neglect “self-care” in many ways! It’s something we as women need to talk about more. We put a lot of time into other things like relationships, being a parent, our careers, etc that we forget to take time and space for ourselves to just be! It’s so important to be selfish sometimes and take control of what we want out of life as a whole!
Kendra: On the flip side, there is “Wicked Nightmare.” Do you feel like people ever feel a sense of power when they’re able to continue to live rent-free in their ex’s mind?
Fieldsy: Oh absolutely! I think a lot of us have that one ex or we are that one ex that will always be lingering in the mind. The ghost that will forever haunt you! Maybe they are the one that got away or the one you did dirty on, but they played a big part on you emotionally, even if they were bad for you or you them, they live rent-free because we enjoyed the crazy times or the drama and somewhat miss it!
Kendra: Lastly, with the double-single release done – what are your plans as we head into the fall? More music, shows?
Fieldsy: I will be launching the singles with some shows and hopefully some film clips! They should have been filmed recently but due to COVID, we had to put them on hold for now! I have so much more music to release that I’m excited about! These two singles are just the beginning of this exciting phase in my career! I can’t wait to see people’s reactions.