- FELICIA HARDING - FORTUNE KILLERS -
1. Did you grow up on the island? (If no, when did you make the island your home?
Yes! I've lived in Victoria since I was 4!
2. What influenced you to start writing and creating music?
I've always kept a journal and writing has always been my therapy! As soon as I could write I was making poems and just writing for fun. My parents encouraged me and I started piano lessons when I was 6; shortly after that I started writing songs. I had this deep desire to document and express my feelings. I felt very in touch with my mortality, shy, and also a little isolated (being a home-schooler) so I had this desire to "leave a trace" and communicate somehow. I always thought I was absent-minded and was never good at remembering things; song writing was a way to process and preserve strong feelings or special moments somehow. It was like a physical craving, nothing satisfied it as well as music.
3. What is your favourite part about performing?
Performing my songs feels like... suddenly I'm able to speak to everyone on an emotional level and connect with them quickly and deeply. There's nothing else like it! It's a very powerful energetic exchange. Once I was feeling so ill before a show, I thought I might throw up or pass out (turns out I had low iron). I could barely get out of bed but I forced myself to get on stage anyway. As soon as I started singing my songs I felt my body kick into gear and I came back to life! My mind was blown! When I play a show I feel infused with life force and in my element. Afterwards I was good as new for the rest of the day.I love that feeling of connection and purpose. It's amazing.
4. What goals do you have for the immediate and distant future?
Immediately I have a lot of touring coming up! My main goal has always been to travel with my music and experience the world through that lens so I'm really excited to tour Australia and Canada next year! That desire to document is still strong so putting out two studio albums this year feels like an immensely satisfying accomplishment for me. I have two original projects and I never expected to have so much luck at once (especially after years of struggling) I guess 33 was just my year! Future goals include touring Europe and Japan, more collaborations, albums, videos and more crazy costumes! I also love vocal coaching and mentorship (I teach from home www.singitstudio.com). I plan to study vocology to be able to help people with vocal damage as well as people in transition.
5. Have you ever found being a female artist can be challenging? Have there been times that you weren't taken seriously because of your gender?
Have there been times that you weren't taken seriously because of your gender? Haha I can't imagine there's a female out there that hasn't experienced this - let alone female entrepreneurs and entertainers! Even today I get people identifying "female fronted" as a GENRE... it's so unusual for women to front rock bands. Music is a man's world for sure. That being said, I've always sought to surround myself with a network of amazing females (and males) who support each other and treat each other well. I feel so grateful for the women's movement that we are all a part of right now.
6. Do you remember the first gig/show you've played? Where/when?
I remember the first time I played for people wasn't really a gig but it was deeply impactful. I was at a house party as a teenager where I barely knew a soul and saw a guitar in the corner. I picked it up and started playing the few songs I knew... suddenly the room filled with people and I just started spontaneously creating! I got everyone singing together and in that moment I realized my life path.
7. What advice would you give to young girls wanting to start out a music career?
Music is a LOT of work and a lifelong learning process. Do it for you. Do it for the reasons that make you feel good and don't let other people tell you what or where you should be. There is a lot you can learn from others, take all of that in and ask all of your questions to the scary successful people you admire. The answers will overwhelm you but people will connect with you and your music if you are genuine and passionate, it's as simple as that. Fake it till you make it is a useful coping mechanism but in the end, people really do want to connect with YOU and who you are. Be brave, put yourself in those places with the people who are doing what you want to do. Success is different for everyone - think deeply about what you want (and be prepared for that to change)! Take one step at a time, write down your goals and timelines, and be prepared for nothing to go as planned. All your struggles will feed your writing, develop your soul and help you help and connect with others. Be relentlessly you (no matter how weird you think you are) and never stop feeding your passion.
8. As a photographer involved in the music scene, I love the idea of shining light on the other female artists in the Victoria music scene. What are your thoughts about the idea of this project?
It's a wonderful idea! Thank you for involving me. Now we all have the opportunity to mentor and inspire each other!