| Article By Kath on Dec 3, 2002 |
Deborah Hocking is a hard working Melbourne-based singer/songwriter who featured on Girl Compilation 2. She spoke to Kath recently.
1) How long have your band been together and whereabouts in Australia are you from? (If solo, how long have you been performing)
I have been performing as a solo artist for the last 5 years and have
played bass in original bands in the past. I am based in Melbourne and am hoping to get a permanent band line up together soon, after launching my two CDs at the Evelyn with a band.... I want more band!!!
2 ) Where does the name come from? (Bands only)
3) How did you guys all meet? (Bands only)
4) What would be your 3 major musical influences?
TIDDAS, Tori Amos & YES (70s prog rock - did you hear, they're coming to Australia!!)
5) What is one thing you'd like to change about the music industry?
The commodification of the music industry and short-sighted view that we seem to get caught up in... disposable pop with no longevity taking
precedence over career artists and investing in albums which add to our
artistic texture as a society... and radio's complicity in this. If we put
economics before the music, i believe we all lose out in the long term.
Having said this, there is always wonderful life springing from the grass
roots, and the emergence of DIY recording and the flourishing of
independent labels have contributed to this landscape!
6) Where do you see yourself in 5 yrs time?
Playing the national folk festival circuit, and having played in festivals
in Canada. I would also love to have a band together and be touring a band LP around Australia. Of course airplay would be nice too..... Just as a general statement, I'd love to be living a beautiful life in which music takes up a greater chunk of my time, and to be hanging out with thinking, self-aware people of substance and integrity.
7) What do you think makes a band stand out from all the others?
Definitely authenticity. We cannot clone each others' character, and it is this by being who we innately are that our music is enabled to live,
breathe and find it's own personality. A cohesive and psychically in-synch band is magic to watch; it transports me, and reminds me why I am in the industry of creating and sharing music.
8) What CD releases have you had out? Any in the pipe-line?
'Stage' was included on the Local and Live compilation CD (Australian Music Foundation) to co-incide with the Australia Day Showcase Gig that I played earlier this year, and 'D-Day' was included on the very wonderful Girl 2 compilation (Indent Music).
I launched my current EP, Stage, and acoustic LP, D-Day at the Evelyn in August 2002, and am still giving these CDs some time to carve out their audience. I am currently cutting back on gigs - from 3-4 a month, to one or two, to create time to write. My next project will be a band LP and the direction of that will be largely determined by the players who consitute the Deborah Hocking Band line up. I would dearly love to be working increasingly as a band, rather than solo, and would like the next CD and live shows (both the festival and pub circuits) to reflect this.
9) (Non music-related question) Buffy or Secret Life of Us?
Easy! Secret Life of Us... bring on local content!
10) Final thoughts........(On your band, where you're headed, words of wisdom, etc....)
I recall a line from a movie I watched recently, in which someone said "To live is to give up one 'what if' moment after another". We get one shot at this.... No regrets! And remember, we can't be in competition if we are in solidarity.
11) Website/email details.