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Lady Lash
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Where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born in a little sea side town called Ceduna, Far West Coast of South Australia. I am now living in Melbourne with my husband and kids.

When did you first start creating music?

I started being musical when I was 13 years old, I wrote poems and turned them into songs. It was my way of expressing how I felt at the time and also allowed me to get creative. The first poet to enthral me was Shakespeare. The majority of his work heavily influenced my own lyrical escapades. 

Tell us a little about your process of writing music and what inspires you.

Inspiration for me starts with a beat, a rhythm, a random thought, a conversation, being at peace, my dreams. If I feel connected then the stars align and I write.

How has story telling had an impact on your life and music?

It’s given me therapy and another world to be involved in. I like to take the listener on a journey through my crazy mind state and rap riddles of colourful dreams. 

What’s the first song you remember hearing?

I remember hearing Pearly Shells sitting around the camp fire with a guitar in my great grandmothers hand while she sang. I felt her soul project with each lyric and strum.

Who are you listening to at the moment?

A bit of the east coast underground (the early stuff) and some golden oldies from the dirty south. But I always keep both ears to current talents and enjoy eclectic music from all over the globe. Anything with substance.

What are you working on at the moment?

We are working on our 4th album and are deciding where the sound experience should go. Half of the album ‘Milky Way’ was quiet sombre and the side was random. So finding a fresh vibe will be a challenge.

Where can we see you perform?

My website www.officialladylash.com will have updates and also my facebook https://www.facebook.com/mcladylash

What has been the highlight of your musical career so far?

Meeting amazing people and working with talented artists from all walks of life. Being involved in collaborations is always exciting and rewarding.

Most valuable piece of advice you've been given.

“Keep positive people around and stay true to yourself”

5 things you can’t live without.

Family

Music

Family

Family

Music

If you could meet anyone in the world, who would that be?

Nina Simone and Billy Holiday because they fascinate me and I relate to their lyrics. There is something hypnotic about the way music sounded back then and the suffering and soul builds itself into a slumber of magnificent, beautiful struggle.

What advice do you have for aspiring artists?

Keep honing your skill and always bring your own ideas. Perform as much as you can and be humble while you enjoy the ride.

 

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Lady Lash

Lady Lash is one of Australia’s intriguing and prolific artists of our time. A proud Indigenous/Greek woman from Ceduna, West…

Lady Lash is one of Australia’s intriguing and prolific artists of our time. A proud Indigenous/Greek woman from Ceduna, West Coast of South Australia, Lash spent her childhood days out on the Koonibba Mission listening to her Mum’s cassette tapes and learning how to sing and rap by emulating what she heard on those tapes and on the radio. 

Lash relocated to Melbourne in 2009 where she released her first ep in 2010 entitled ‘Pearl’ that featured songs ‘It aint Easy’ and ‘Busy Bee’ which had had her nominated for a Deadly Award.

Then in 2013, slaying the music scene with a multi-award-winning debut album, Crystal Mercy ‘The Fisherman's Daughter’, which saw her take out a VIPA award for 'Most Promising Act and The Age Music Vic Genre Award for 'Songlines Best Indigenous Act".

With numerous Festivals and Shows under her belt, her natural talent has seen her supported the likes of Jessica Mauboy, Archie Roach, Paul Kelly, Dan Sultan and Urthboy.

A storyteller of Hip Hop and Jazz, Lash releases her 3rd Album 'Milky Way', with head nodding goodness and a candid heartfelt playlist; this is another classic for the collection not to be missed.

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