Singer songwriter Danika Smith.
Singer songwriter Danika Smith.

Bonjour Danika Smith

ALSTONVILLE'S Danika Smith came to the attention of the nation as a finalist in Triple J's Unearthed High competition last year. She didn't win, but as she tells ADELAIDE FRENCH the experience has been fruitful.

She's about to head off to France thanks to a Rotary exchange program, but she's saying farewell and launching her EP Introducing Danika Smith before she jets off.

Tell me about your experience as one of the finalists in Triple J's Unearthed High...  
Being an Unearthed High finalist was pretty darn amazing.

The whole sequence of events from writing Oh Father, to recording, uploading, and being heard and recognised - it all happened so fast.

Once I got over the nerves and fear; such as the reviews on my Unearthed page they were so encouraging, and even though some were from family and friends, the majority were just regular people I've never met who took the time out of their day to tell me they liked it or loved it or cried because they connected to it and that was probably the most rewarding thing.

Is there a story behind the song Oh Father?
Well, not really "a" story, but just a sequence of unfortunate events resulting in us not having a relationship.

The song was my explanation to him of how I had been feeling.

I've never been great at heated conversations and getting my thoughts out clearly on the spot so that's what is nice about writing music.

It allows you to vent your thoughts and feelings gradually, so you'll get it right. It was really the best possible way of re-connecting to my dad.

What are your plans now that you have finished school and post-France?
My most obvious plan is to go to France in 10 days! But after France I really have no idea.

I would like to move to a city; Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne and gig my life away.

Danika Smith says farewell at Rous Mill Hall, Alstonville on Saturday, January 14 at 2.30pm. Tickets $10 at the door.

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