Hailing from Townsville in the sunny state of Queensland, Bree Tranter started playing music at a young age. Mostly playing instruments such as the flute and piano, it was the very beginning of a musical journey Bree would soon create a career from. Before the end of high school, Bree and a few of her friends started a band that would ultimately begin her career as a musician.
‘The Middle East’ which was started by Bree, released two albums entitled The Recordings Of Middle East and I Want That You Are Always Happy. ‘The Middle East’ also played at The Big Day Out, Big Sound, Homebake and the Woodford Folk Festival before playing their last show at Splendour In The Grass and splitting up in 2011.
Since then, Bree has now ventured out on her own and will soon be releasing her new EP entitled ‘Jaws’, which contains the beautifully sensual track entitled “Wounded Love“. In the wake of her upcoming release, we had a chat with Bree about her musical career and what it was like working underwater for the “Wounded Love” film clip.
What has been one of the highlights of your music career?
Highlights in my music career would definitely be touring around the world with friends and creating art with them. What a beautiful life to have. Playing festivals in different countries is always a highlight for me as well, mainly because of the locations they are set in.
Where do you source your inspiration from?
Inspiration is a tough one for me. I would say I get it from friends, from emotions going on inside of me, beauty in nature, beauty in love, beauty in failure.
I do like to listen to James Blake, Kendrink Lamar and Washed out. I don’t think we sound like any of those though.
How does it feel to have now released a professionally shot music video and to have toured with Matt Corby?
Doesn’t really feel like anything except a privilege to work with a friend that I think is very talented. I guess I don’t think about the shows or the music videos much. I just see Matt as a friend and I’ve watched his journey for a while now and worked with him when he was doing small shows. I’m just happy that more people get to hear his voice and support his music. He is a beautiful friend to have in my life and I’ll support him whether or not I’ am playing with him.
What would you be doing if you weren’t involved in the music scene?
I hadn’t really thought about what I was going to do after school and uni. I feel like I floated into what I was meant to do and that is still how I look at life. I could be doing something entirely different in the next 20 years. I have no idea what that would be, maybe something based around the ocean or psychology.
What was the experience like filming the video clip for “Wounded Love” and working with Michael Haydon?
The experience of filming a music video for wounded love was pretty intense. It took a long time to plan and work around my other touring schedule. There were a few times we had to cancel filming because of unexpected shows, but then we found a solid week where I was in Sydney and we went hard organizing. The pool scene was the hardest, we had four hours to film and a lot of ideas had not been tested. It was also a deep pool and trying to look calm while under 3 metres of water, with terrible lungs, was a challenge.
Working with Michael Haydon was definitely an experience. He did know a lot about filming but had never made a music video from scratch before. So together we worked pretty hard and after a long couple of weeks of preparing, filming and editing we came up with a result that was spot on to our vision.
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Going out on your own after playing with “The Middle East” for a while must have been a little daunting. What went through your mind when writing your first songs and creating your own music?
I was pretty upset that the band had ended of course, however I wouldn’t have seen what was to come in the future. So there is no point on dwelling on things that cannot be changed. I guess now I’ am working with most of the guys from ‘the middle east’ again. I only really wrote one song by myself and then I started working with Matt Corby. So I don’t think it was daunting, I guess I like to create when something is on my heart and so it was pretty easy at the time to write that first song.
What do you hope to do in the future in terms of song writing/albums?
I’m releasing an EP in a couple of weeks. I would like to continue writing and when I get time off touring with Matt, I would like to start recording again. I guess I would be aiming for an album next.
Fellow Australian musician Pallé Mazzulla from “Beech & Peech” would like to know the process you go through when writing songs…
The process of writing songs for me is always different. Sometimes I might write the skeleton to a song with lyrics and someone from the band might re-write the chord structure and drum sections and so forth. Other times, someone in the band might start laying down some chords and beats and I just write the lyrics and melody. At the moment I am trying to get to know Ableton Live and laying down draft ideas of all instrument and then get the band together and change things depending on what the band wants.
What’s the first song you ever fell in love with?
Hard question for me because I have a terrible memory, I don’t know the first song I ever fell in love with but one song I did fall in love with early in my discovery of music was ‘Sufjan Stevens – To Be Alone With You’.
Do you hope to tour around Australia at one point?
Yes I do as a head-line. I shall be announcing a support slot Tour around Australian soon, which will be great.
If you had one chance to speak to a very large group of people, old and young, what would you say?
To focus on the good things in life, to notice nature more, to love your friends more and to speak this out to them more often.
For our next interview with a musician or band, what would you like to ask them?
What other sensory experiences do you think your audiences would enjoy while listening to your music?