Allola Has Hit and She Has Hit Hard
Updated: Dec 24, 2018
Australia has been pumping out great music and Allola is at the top of the food chain
Melbourne-based producer/singer-songwriter Allola released her debut single "High Horse" last month.
The bouncy, synth-driven track is a certified electro-pop hit. Big gated snares, filter sweeps, and an infectious bass line set the tone for future releases from the Aussie. This was the beginning of her collaboration with U.S. producer Mark Eckhart.
"High Horse" builds anticipation for what the rest of Alolla's upcoming EP could sound like. She will be touring Australia and is set to release a handful of songs in 2019.
Check out the full length interview below!
What’s your listening background?
I’ve been into so much different stuff over the years! The first artists I really got into were Jeff Buckley, Muse, Radiohead and Sia and these artists really shaped my songwriting. These days I’m listening to a lot of Client Liaison, Passion Pit, Fickle Friends, Broods and Chvrches.
Before starting this project what was the goal in mind and what were the first few steps you had to take to get it started?
I sort of just started out playing around and experimenting with creating my own loops and learning how to create sounds I’d heard on other artists tracks. I didn’t think much of it until I was offered a support slot with a really cool band out of Byron Bay called Tora. I only had a couple of weeks to write and complete a full set of songs, and figure out how I was going to perform them! My set got a great response and led me onto better shows, and that’s when I started thinking I could really make something of this!
Did you have your eyes set on who you wanted to work with while the project was being constructed?
I had contacted a couple of producers I wanted to work with, but I didn’t really vibe with any of them. I came across Mark Eckert, a Charlotte based producer, and set up a call. We instantly connected and we were into all the same stuff musically, I knew he was perfect for this project! I flew him out to Aus to work on the record and I couldn’t have asked for a better guy to create music with, we just work so well together!
High Horse sounds clean, well produced, catchy, and frankly checks off all the boxes for a song to want to be played on repeat. Take us through the steps from it being raw to how it formed into this.
I was listening to a lot of Broods, Chvrches and Haim at the time and I think they played a huge influence on this track. I had just bought a synth called the Roland JD-Xi, which has really cool feature where you can compose 4 track sequences on the synth itself (I still compose most of my songs like this). I started with the bass synth and built the rest of the track around that. That’s when Mark jumped in and we really took the track to the next level to make it sound huge! We recorded the song in my apartment in Melbourne. I remember recording the “hey” shouts in the chorus. Mark and I spent an entire afternoon in my tiny apartment shouting from various points in the room into the microphone, we must have laid down at least 20 tracks before we had enough takes to make it sound like a real crowd, the neighbours probably thought we were nutters.
Once you get your song to the point of being “finished” in its raw acoustic state what’s the next step for you? Can you already tell what elements of production should be added or do you have an idea of the production and then seek out a producer to fit those ideas?
I actually only ever write the production first these days. I went through a stage of writer’s block right before starting this project where all I was writing were piano ballads. I felt like I had hit a huge wall where I had gone as far as I could with this style of music, and I really wanted to add an electronic element to my songs. When I started creating my own tracks my production skills could only take me so far, I could hear what I wanted it to sound like in my head, but had no clue how to create those sounds. That’s when I started seeking out a producer to really bring those visions to light.
The floor is yours. What do you want the people to know? Any Upcoming shows, news, or new projects?
I’m currently working on a bunch of tunes for release in 2019 so cannot wait to share these! In the meantime, playing shows...lots of shows…with a potential Aus tour in the works so stay posted!