Emerging two-piece Gold Coast outfit Azmosphere have released the first single Squalor Syndrome. With both members passionate guitar players, the sound they have created is a mix of moody melodies with flamenco guitar against an electronica backdrop. Lead singer / guitarist Astrid Ernholm hung five with Blank’s Mella Lahina.
What do you love most about living on the GC?
The beach. I love the fact we have this strip of coastline that runs for kilometres.
I love the wonderment I experience when hearing and observing the ocean. It summons a feeling of connectedness to something outside the ego. I’ve also got a great group of friends here who bring happiness into my life. And my identical twin sister lives close by. She’s my best friend, my biggest fan and a wonderful muse 🙂
Tell us about the best gig you’ve ever played?
That’s a tough one, we’ve had some amazing live experiences but I think it’d have to be at my sisters wedding. I’m a very nervous performer and even moreso in front of people I know and love, so that was a very intense performance for me. My hands were shaking so much I could barely play my guitar. And my family were so proud so it’s a day I’ll never forget.
What’s the one piece of advice you’d give an aspiring musician?
When you write, make sure it’s from the heart. Don’t write to please anyone else, it’ll lack raw emotion and sound forced. I see music as a tool to express feelings of happiness, sadness, intense love, anger. It can’t be fabricated.
What brought you to this focus right now?
My life has always revolved around music, I grew up in a musical family of four sisters plus two older brothers who played guitar and wrote so there was always a guitar, microphone or keyboard in the house. I started writing from a young age but never treated it seriously until I met my lead guitarist, Dan. He really dug my songs so we had a few jams. He added these amazing flamenco sounding leads that bring life to the songs.
What’s your most vivid musical memory?
Most of my musical memories are quite emotional. I’ve spent a lot of time alone, in my room, with my pen in hand writing poetry and lyrics or strumming my guitar. These are my most vivid memories. There have been a lot of tears and very confronting moments. But it’s a great way for me to understand my feelings. I’m a highly sensitive person. I guess I feel lucky to be able to express these raging emotions in a constructive way.
What are your thoughts on the GC music scene?
There are soooo many amazing musicians but not quite enough live music venues to showcase them all. It’s definitely improving though. I think there’s a strong network of very talented and supportive people and that’s what really counts.
Get more at azmosphere.com.