An Interview With Vera Blue
Note: This interview was conducted before Vera Blue’s O-Week performance. It has been edited and condensed for clarity.
BLITZ: Welcome to the Roundhouse, Vera! We’re really happy to have you here. How has your day been so far?
Vera Blue: My day’s been super chill, I’ve just been relaxing at home. I was actually really looking forward to coming here, getting back on to this campus. My brother used to go to this university, so it’s nice to come back and have that familiar sense of community and everyone learning, it’s really cool. It’s an exciting time for O-Week.
BLITZ: What’s your rehearsal process like before a performance?
VB: Normally before we do a big tour we’ll get together in a rehearsing studio - I have a band, so we set up – and we just practice the songs over. Sometimes, we’ll have new songs to go over. I’m really excited, we’ll have a couple of new songs [for the O-Week performance].We just have to go over them, make sure they’re perfect and plan what the stage design is going to look like - the lighting, getting all the missing pieces back into place - making it all exciting.
BLITZ: You first found your success in 2013 at The Voice with ‘Scarborough Fair’. If you were able to talk to 2013 Vera and give her a piece of advice, or just say something to her before that audition, what would it be?
VB: I would say, “Stay strong, trust the process and enjoy it.” All those things- I’ve trusted the process, I’ve enjoyed it and I’ve enjoyed the ride. It’s been a very daunting experience, especially going through it quite young. But I think at the end of the day I’ve benefited from that, and now I’m here and can do these really cool things.
It’s going to be something that I’m always working on in the future, making connections and collaborating and making music. It’s not easy but it is fun, I enjoy it.
BLITZ: How do you think 2013 Vera would react to your career now?
VB: (laughs) She would be amazed… I had no idea what I was going to do. Two years after The Voice was when I started to realise who I wanted to be as an artist moving forward, and the kind of music I wanted to make. At the time I was doing folk music, and then I started to experiment with electronic music. I started to really love electronic artists like FKA Twigs and Banks.
I really wanted to make music that was cool and different and edgy. Kind of blending those sounds… I think 2013 Vera did not know that was coming, a different change in sound.
BLITZ: You’ve definitely developed quite a unique style in the last few years.
VB: Yeah, and through working with people and collaborating and doing writing sessions, I met my producer Andy Mack, who I still work with to this day. We’ve created the sound of Vera Blue. At the moment, with new music, we’re trying to build on that and change it up a little bit, but still that signature sound.
BLITZ: You grew up in Forbes, in central New South Wales. What was that like, and how did you begin to have an interest in music?
VB: Growing up in Forbes was really nice! It’s a beautiful town. I think there’s a festival there now called VANFEST, and a few people from Sydney come to that festival and it’s nice to have people coming to our town and giving it some love. I think it’s a really beautiful place.
I had a beautiful upbringing there. My family’s amazing, we had music in the family so I couldn’t really avoid doing it. It was something that my mum was always playing around the house, playing folk music or going to church, it was always here and there and everywhere.