When at BIGSOUND, we caught up with Brisbane singer-songwriter and earring-extraordinaire Clea to talk touring with Cub Sport, Unearthed love and songwriting inspo. Photos by Rochelle Flack.
YOU JUST WRAPPED UP A NATIONAL TOUR SUPPORTING CUB SPORT. IT WAS ONE OF YOUR FIRST NATIONAL TOURS, HOW DID YOU FIND IT?
It was good. They were all sold out so they were all good crowds. It was very smooth, I’ve been told that tours can be a bit rough, but I thought it pretty easy. I had a good time.
BEING THAT YOU’RE FROM BRISBANE AND SO ARE CUB SPORT, WAS THERE THAT LOCAL BOND THERE?
Yeah of course, we know the same parks and could talk about the same cafes (laughs).
ON THE NOTE OF TOURING, YOU WERE OVERSEAS FOR QUITE SOME TIME EARLIER THIS YEAR PLAYING SOME SHOWS, WHAT WAS THAT WHOLE EXPERIENCE LIKE?
It was good, it was a lot of travelling and then I did some gigs in between. Defintely different having a foreign crowd which was exciting. It was my first time playing overseas. It was very interesting, it was a very different crowd to Australia, especially because I was playing acoustic. I was in like little folk rooms so people could sit and listen intently, and I don’t feel like we have that kind of thing in Australia – well, Brisbane.
WERE YOU DOING SHOWCASE SETS OR SUPPORTS?
Yeah supports, and just like little gigs. I also did the Aussie BBQ in the middle of London which was cool. Australians just always seem to find each other, it was nice. And we did a tour diary for the site too which was cool.
YEAH I LOVED PUTTING ALL THAT TOGETHER. I WAS SO HAPPY WITH HOW IT CAME OUT. SOME OF THE PHOTOS WERE SO BEAUTIFUL TOO, ESPECIALLY THE ONES FROM ICELAND.
It was so stunning! It was so different to everything else and get out of Australia and have a scenery change every 20 minutes. It was ridiculous.
DO YOU FIND THAT ALL THESE EXPERIENCES INSPIRE YOUR SONGWRITING?
Yeah for sure. More in terms of the emotions, I’m not really good that are about a certain place, but they’re more about how I felt at a certain time or place.
YOU’VE BEEN A FEATURE ARTIST ON TRIPLE J AND HAD YOUR TRACK ‘DIRE CONSEQUENCES’ PREMIERED ON TRIPLE J. DO YOU FEEL THAT SUPPORT HAS HELPED YOU GET FURTHER?
Yeah of course. I didn’t service ‘Dire Concequences’, it was all the Triple J Unearthed team who passed it along to Richard Kingsmill, so that was pretty insane. So they have been a massive support and have been for a while. I definitely would not have been where I am without them. They’re such a good connection and way for bands to get things out there.
ALONGISDE YOUR SOLO PROJECT CLEA YOU ARE ALSO ONE HALF OF ZEFERELI, HOW DO YOU NAVIGATE BOTH PROJECTS AT THE ONE TIME?
It kind of just works. We have the same booking agent which helps, so they know if we’ll have any clashing gigs. We haven’t actually had a situation yet where gigs would clash. But it seems to work, music is all we do, so it’s just part of our life now. Its good though, I like being busy.
HOW’S YOUR BIGSOUND EXPERIENCE BEEN?
I played the Title Track pre party which was nice, I kicked that off. So that was just a lot of friends who had come into town. And I’ve only ever been a punter before so it was a bit different being an artist this time, it was nice, lots of good vibes.