FINDING YOUR VOICE
W/ BROOKE TUNBRIDGE
I SAT DOWN WITH LOVELY MUSICIAN RACHEL AVERY FOR A COFFEE ON AN OVERCAST WEDNESDAY MORNING. IT WAS NICE TO CHAT WITH SOMEONE MY OWN AGE, IN THE SAME STAGE OF LIFE; IT’S MUCH EASIER TO RELATE TO ONE ANOTHER THAT WAY. ALTHOUGH THE TIME SPENT TOGETHER WAS BRIEF, I LEARNT A LOT ABOUT THE TALENTED 21-YEAR-OLD.
We spoke about Rachel’s journey with music, picking up a guitar at nine years old and learning to play. It wasn’t until two years ago that she began singing, encouraged by her guitar teacher to sing along to a song she was playing.
Now, you’ll find Rachel playing at events, markets and cafes, and every now and then playing her original music at venues like The Lass. Admitting that she’d like to play more shows focusing on her original music, Rachel praised venues like The Lass and the organisers for giving people a chance to showcase their music.
While playing cover gigs is sustaining her financially alongside music tutoring, Rachel hopes to find her own voice. She’s hoping to release her own music at the start of next year, although admits to being particularly fussy and a perfectionist when it comes to making music. Rachel’s cover gigs involve her acoustic guitar, but when writing her own music, she’s chosen to sway towards synths and electric guitar sounds.
Finding inspiration and enjoyment in music from the likes of Montaigne, Halsey and R&B artist Daniel Caesar, Rachel appreciates a range of sounds when discovering her own.
Although she hasn’t released any music yet, one of her songs is featured in a short film titled ‘Creature Comforts’. The film was produced by Georgina Holt and Isabella Martin Plisi and screened at the St Kilda Film Festival event, SoundKilda, in May this year.
As a lot of her time is spent playing covers, I asked Rachel if there were any songs where she preferred the cover over the original. Her answer was quite impressive: Elliott Smith’s ‘Jealous Guy’, which is a John Lennon cover.
Take a look at Rachel’s music page (facebook.com/rachelaverymusic) to stay updated with any releases early next year, and hopefully more upcoming original gigs!