Australian artist Phoebe Go has recently unveiled her phenomenal debut EP, a collection of five original tracks. After being involved in a band during her time in high-school, which catapulted her into the music industry, she now has even more experience under her belt, and is now ready to make her positive mark on the music industry. Her record is a gripping and vulnerable collection of music. The entire process of embarking on a solo career has been described by Phoebe Go as being daunting, but a journey that has also set her free.
Her EP is ultimately full of self-hope and is dedicated to growth, a journey through self-exploration and finding comfort through solitude. She has also recently been announced as the main support act for Hatchie's upcoming national Australian tour.
The Lowdown recently had the opportunity to speak with Phoebe Go about her new EP, how she first got into music, what 2023 has in store for her and more. Keep reading to check out what she had to say!
You have recently released your debut EP, titled 'Player.' What has it been like for you to get new music released?
"In a strange way, it feels like coming home or something. It feels so great!"
Do you have a favourite track from the EP? If so, what is the reason for it being your favourite?
"It's hard for me to choose one. They're all special and they're all kind of different - to me, at least. I think that 'Be the Player, Not the Poet' has a certain weight to it though. It holds the whole EP together in my mind."
Is there a stand-out memory for you from the creation of the EP?
"Watching Simon (my producer and friend) record the guitar feedback in 'We Don't Talk.' I was in the next room looking through the glass shaking my head and sort of laughing like, this is the funniest thing ever."
How long did the EP take to come together, right from the initial writing stages?
"I think I was writing for about six months. From there, we were recording for another few months, on and off. It was intermittent because of the lockdowns, but that kind of worked for us, because we were still figuring out the sound and getting our heads around the project, if you know what I mean, so we had time to reflect. The process was just super organic."
Do you have a favourite lyric from any track on the EP?
"'I've been seeing somebody about it in my sleep."
Is there a stand-out overall message that you would like listeners to take away from your EP?
"I don't think so. I really like the idea of people finding their own meaning in the songs. I feel like I wanted to write something raw and honest. I really feel like I achieved that."
Your single 'Hey' is a very poignant and moving dedication to your cousin, who sadly passed away a few years ago. Did you find that pouring your emotions into your song-writing helped you to deal with the grief that came from such an unfortunate loss?
"Absolutely. It really helped me come to peace with the mess and the pain that I felt."
Has music always been something that you have wanted to pursue right from a young age?
"Yes - I guess I got hooked really early on. From about the age of ten/eleven, I just couldn't ignore how much music affected me. It made me feel things that I think I would have had trouble reaching otherwise. It was like self-development or something. It was, and still is, my way of making sense of this crazy, messed-up life. It's hard to explain, but I got kind of obsessed with lyricism from a young age and the feeling of creating something that didn't exist before. It can be so playful and so heavy at the same time, and I love that!"
Thinking ahead to next year, what does 2023 have in store for you that you can tell us about?
"I'm recording new songs, playing live more, and then I'm heading overseas in April/May for 'The Great Escape' and a little run of shows there. I can't wait!"
Finally, do you have a message for everyone who supports you and who has listened to the EP?
"I LOVE YOU!"
Phoebe Go's debut EP, titled 'Player,' is out now and is available to purchase and stream through all major music purchasing and streaming outlets.
By Rachel Dempster