Class of BIGSOUND '19: Hallie
Showcasing at BIGSOUND Festival is a huge milestone in any Australian artist’s career. But it’s potentially most significant for the local acts who watch the Valley swell to maximum capacity each year as the event kicks off, bringing music industry heavyweights in swarms. We caught up with five acts on the precipice of their showcase performances and recorded their responses in our 2019 BIGSOUND Yearbook. This is: Hallie.
What are you most proud of in your career so far?
I think I’m at my peak of happiness in my career right now, and I’m most proud of where I am right now. Playing at BIGSOUND is really exciting, and also supporting Spacey Jane. That was an amazing, sold-out show. Everyone came early to see me, and it was such a lovely time.
What’s your relationship with Brisbane like?
I’ve become an artist at a good time in Brisbane. A lot of good music is coming out of here, and we’re kind of getting noticed because of it? People from other states are saying, “Oh, what? What’s going on in Brisbane?”
What’s your biggest goal right now?
I don’t have one specific goal right now. There are so many pathways I could take. The exciting thing about being new in the industry is that there is no right way – I get to work out my own path, and my own way to create “Hallie”.
How did you find your voice?
I grew up in a family that was very vocal, and very upfront, and I think I was lucky to have that. I don’t feel the need to put on a persona. And I grew up listening to folk music, which is always very honest, so I admire artists who do that kind of thing. If I have a thought about a topic that happens to be political, I’m not going to stop myself from writing about it because I’m scared of what other people will think when they listen to it.
Who do you look up to?
My uncle. My grandfather was very close-minded, and my uncle fought against the rules that were in place in his time. He would come to family events wearing skirts, or with eye makeup on. I think he might’ve been scared, but he embraced it anyway, and as a kid I always looked up to that. Now, we’re very lucky to be in a time where most people are pretty accepting, but my uncle grew up in an age where that was obscure and rare to see. He’s kind of the reason why we have the freedom we have now?
Who’s on your wall?
I have one poster on my wall, and it’s Stella Donnelly. I love Stella. I think the way she uses her platform and her charisma to tell stories about other people and raise awareness is important.
What’s a lesson you’ve learnt as a musician so far?
Being yourself is so important. Sometimes I’m guilty of getting lost in it all, comparing myself to others and thinking “I should do that, those people are big!”. But they’re big because they were authentic, and people wanted to hear what they had to say because they weren’t like anybody else!
Faye Webster – Johnny
Maggie Rogers – Light On
Middle Kids – Edge of Town
“Being cool isn’t cool.”
Check out Hallie’s BIGSOUND profile here.