THE MIS-MADE is an Australian band that I happened to stumble upon. But they were too good to not interview. So read this and then keep checking them out. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
As you might not be that known to most people a short introduction might be in order.
-We are an all-female hard rock band from Sydney Australia and have been on the national touring circuit for 3 years. We have toured Europe and the UK twice now and are heading back in August 2017 starting with Rebellion Festival in Blackpool. Our music is quite eclectic but we are essentially a hard rock/punk band with metal influences. All members of the band have a wide variety of influences which is evident on our songs as we rarely stick to a formula or specific style
How does your latest recording compare to the previous ones?
-Our latest recording is probably my favorite so far as it how’s how much we have grown as a unit as well as being the first recording with the recent lineup and we are all very much heading in the same direction with where we see the band going creatively
Was it hard for you to come up with a sound you all could agree on?
-Our sound has always been loud and heavy which Is how we like it. We have never really struggled to agree on that and allow the songs to develop their own sound by not over analyzing too much
How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-The lyrics are very important. Myself and the other primary song writer, guitarist singer Jess Coram both write our lyrics quite spontaneously. We tend to write about hardship in life and often our songs have a political edge relating to freedom and th human condition. Personally, I write about things that go on around me but rarely sit down with a specific agenda with a song. I try to let it flow naturally.
How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
-Cover art is important to us. We are lucky to know a lot of amazing artists which we really like having involved. We try to come up with unique ideas that incorporate our own ideas with that of the artist.
Where outside of your country have you had success?
-We have been very lucky in the UK and do quite well in Australia which is not easy these days as there are many venue that have closed and it has become very difficult to tour with that as an issue as well as the distances between capital Cities. We are heading back to the UK and Europe this year as we are well received there especially in the punk scene which has been incredibly supportive and welcoming of the band.
Is it harder today to get noticed both nationally and internationally than it was 10 or 20 years ago? Is the competition tougher today?
-With the internet bow a major contributor to a bands success and scope, it’s harder in some ways because there is so much available to people but it’s actually easier to get around and meet people because obviously making contact is far easier and more immediate
What is your local scene like? What status does your band have in the national scene?
-Our local scene in Sydney is quite hard. With the introduction of lockout laws in 2014 many venues have closed down making it far more competitive with getting gigs but a lot of people are still fighting to keep the arts, especially music alive. 5 years ago, it was a very different scene. There were plenty of venues and places to go out. It is actually really sad to see how much it has dissipated.
What is the general population’s opinion on playing music? Is being a musician a respectable choice?
-I’m not sure how to answer that. I think some people have a very romanticized view of what it really means to be a musician. It is very hard to make a living out of music so most of us do it purely for love. Touring is especially hard because even when a band is doing well the costs of running a band are high. I’m not sure whether I know if people think its respectable. I don’t really care what people think either way. I love it.
What does the future hold for you?
-International and national touring are our main focus as well as finishing our debut album. We are going to be very busy this year and that I great for us!