Q&A with Caitlin Park
TOMORROW night Broken Stone Records showcase four acts from their line-up including Sister Jane, Magnetic Heads, The Maple Trail and Caitlin Park.
Sydney musician Caitlin Park catches up with Pulse to talk about how years of arduous music lessons turned into a career.
You write, record and produce your own work but there's two people in your promo photos... what's the deal?
That's my friend Eliza (Fawcett). I do solo work but on live on stage there needs to be more than one person.
Eliza does the drums and samples and Holly Austin is joining us onstage as well.
I wouldn't be able to do it without them. I might need to do a new photo with three people actually.
You weren't into music growing up but then ended up going to the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney - how did that happen?
I always played sax, well, since I was nine all throughout high school. My parents pushed me to get me to go to less-ons. It was always an emotional release for me.
But it was actually a pretty tough gig for my parents to get me to go to lessons. It wasn't until later in high school I started to realise composition was really interesting.
As for me not really being into music I think it's more that I just don't remember.
I really liked Oasis's Morning Glory, Cake and Red Hot Chilli Peppers. For some reason my first memory of music is Kylie Minogue's I'm Spinning Around film clip... which is a little embarrassing.
I was always into film, though which is where my love of classical music came from.
In particular Disney films. Fantasia is my favourite film mainly because of how the music complemented the film through movement.
I think I liked it much more than any of my friends did, much more than other people my age.
You use a lot of samples and quotes from films in your music but is there any other way film comes into your process?
A lot of my music is inspired by films. The idea behind the Reverse Soundtrack (a musical project she is currently working on) is that when you see a film you can go home and hear the soundtrack and re-imagine the images.
I'd like to create those images (through music) without the film being there.
Caitlin Park plays tomorrow night at the Byron Bay Brewery. Tickets $20 at the door.