Interview: Bree De Rome

Bree De Rome
Image Courtesy of Bree De Rome

It’s been an interesting few years for singer-songwriter Bree De Rome, from being a finalist in the 2011 season of Australia’s Got Talent to re-inventing herself as the “coolest cowgirl on the Gold Coast” according to triple j’s Rosie Beaton. We sat down with Bree De Rome while she was buzzing around BIGSOUND to chat about her latest single, the Gold Coast music scene and admitting you’re a fan of country music.

Gareth Hugh Evans: I came across your music with your latest single “Easy To Forget” and I really really like it.

Bree De Rome: Thank you!

GHE: You’re from the Gold Coast yet you play country music…

BDR: I know it’s a bit strange. I’ve discovered that it’s hereditary. My mother has always loved country music. I started playing country music when I was a kid and then when I was about fifteen I was like “country music’s not really cool, I don’t want to do it anymore”. Then with my first EP I sat down with the producer and I specifically said “I do not want this to be remotely country, this is not going to be a country record” and he was like “ok”. Then I uploaded it onto Unearthed and Rosie Beaton commented with “You’re the coolest cowgirl on the Gold Coast” and I was like “aw crap! It’s come back to haunt me”.

GHE: It’s kind of cool to own it now though.

BDR: It’s really cool.

GHE: And I wouldn’t really describe your music and straight down the line country. But I can definitely identify why Rosie has picked that up.

BDR: I’ve come to terms with the fact that I love country music. It’s only been this year. I recently went away to Europe and all I listened to was Gillian Welch, Bill Callahan, Johnny Cash – all my favourites. And I was like “You know what Bree? You loved country music. Don’t be ashamed of it anymore”. I used to be really apologetic about it but now I know that I love it.

GHE: What is the live music scene like in The Gold Coast?

BDR: At the moment there’s a weird transition where a lot of the venues are shutting down. I think new things are popping up but I’m playing a lot in Brisbane now. It’s 45 minutes to The Valley, it’s really easy. I’ve been up here three times already this week. And there’s actually a pretty good alt-country scene happening here with Brad Butcher, Phil Smith, Josh Rennie-Hynes – it’s a really nice community. On the Gold Coast there’s a lot of folk music and a lot of indie and pop. I think something is going to happen soon with the Gold Coast. There’s great food, great coffee, good art and stuff like that. And aesthetically it’s beautiful – the beach, the hinterland, everything. Something is bound to pop up eventually, a really good venue. I hope it does soon. At the moment we’re being forced to be creative with where we play – like I’m thinking about doing a couple of living room shows. And my single launch for “Easy to Forget” was in a friend’s photography studio.

GHE: Nice.

BDR: It was a big warehouse with cushions everywhere and little candles. We step up with a little stage, had a tea station because my friend’s just opened a tea company. It made it really nice.

GHE: I feel like that sort of DIY scene is happening everywhere at the moment.

BDR: And I think that should happen on the Gold Coast. A homemade scene. Why not do it DIY? Make it really creative. It works really well.

GHE: So back to you, what’s next on your musical agenda?

BDR: At the moment I actually have no idea. I’ve only made plans up until this week. I’ve just had the most hectic year. I went away to Europe then I had the single launch, then Gympie Muster and now BIGSOUND. I’ll probably be recording, making another single, because we’ve got lots of songs. And then maybe an EP in the works, touring…

GHE: Do you get out of Queensland much to tour?

BDR: I do. I am planning on a little tour either late this year or early next year. Maybe try and make it a bit more regional as well. I’d like to do some stuff over in Europe as well. Next year I’m hoping to head over to America as well.

GHE: Because of your influences – country and 60s pop – do you feel like there’s a bit of a draw to the US?

BDR: Yeah. I really love Americana. I love the mid west and the southern landscape.

GHE: Well that’s all I have time for today! I hope the ideas you have formulating come to fruition!

BDR: Thank you!

Take a listen to Bree De Rome’s new single “Easy to Forget” below:

1 Comment

  1. September 26, 2014 at 16:08

    […] “I’ve come to terms with the fact that I love country music. It’s only been this year. I recently went away to Europe and all I listened to was Gillian Welch, Bill Callahan, Johnny Cash – all my favourites. And I was like “You know what Bree? You loved country music. Don’t be ashamed of it anymore”. I used to be really apologetic about it but now I know that I love it” – Bree De Rome chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here […]


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