SHAKAFEST 2018 is shaping up to be one of THE highlights of the upcoming summer festival calendar. Following a sold out 2017, this year sees the event relocate to the more spacious confines of the Broadwater Parklands, on Saturday 24 November.
The eclectic line-up is bursting at the seams with an array of killer acts, including Bliss N Eso, Frenzal Rhomb, Last Dinosaurs, Clowns, The Chats, VOIID and Jesswar. And add to that list the amazingly talented and super versatile Sydney singer-songwriter, Alex The Astronaut.
It turns out that Alex also has other strings to her bow in addition to music, with her love of sport and her aptitude for academia leading her to the USA a few years ago to simultaneously undertake a Physics and Mathematics degree while completing a soccer scholarship!
I ask Alex if music is now numero uno, with her other talents as a potential fallback down the track. “That’s kind of the arrangement. My parents were like: “oh if music fails, you can always go back to your degree.” Which is nice for parents to know that it’s there. And with the soccer, I broke my ankle about a year ago, and have had a bit of trouble getting back to former glories. So in about 6 months I should be able to start running around again. I love sport, and it was kinda my primary focus in school and growing up. I was that lanky kid that played six sports. It’s strange being out of that world, but it’s good to have it in the background still as a hobby.”
Having turned heads with her well received 2017 EP, ‘See You Soon’, Alex recently dropped her wonderful new single, ‘Happy Song’. Moving, heartfelt and super-catchy, it will no doubt go down an absolute treat when she belts it out as part of her highly anticipated upcoming SHAKAFEST performance. Says Alex of the long genesis of the track; “It was written and recorded over a year and a half. I guess it was built like a musical. I wanted to make sure it had all of the right elements that came in at the right time, which really told the story well and used the music as well. Usually I just use words, but incorporating the ‘da da-da da-da’ bit to keep everything moving was something I held close. All of the lyrics coming in clearly at different times was really important. Having the right breakdown..all of those things took awhile. I think it’s the song I’ve worked on the hardest on so far. I’m really proud of it.”
Tickets for SHAKAFEST 2018 are available here. Be sure to get along and get happy!