February 22, 2017

Eloise Derrett

Although her career has only just begun, Jade Alice has already achieved so much. Taking out the Melbourne Music Bank prize in 2015, performing at the State Schools Spectacular and a residency at the Workman’s Club, one can only wonder what Jade Alice’s future has in store for her.

Jade Alice grew up in a house always buzzing with music. Her parents are both involved in the music industry and her childhood was surrounded by music. She grew up listening to her parents’ records- Frank Sinatra, ABBA, The Beatles and The Beach Boys. The influence of these artists can be heard in the music she creates today.

Jade says the first instrument she learnt properly was the guitar, although she jokes she learnt instruments which “didn’t quite work,” like the flute. Her primary instrument, however, is her voice, her vocals at the forefront of her music. Jade explains how she would sing before she could talk, saying “My dad would play the piano and I would just make up songs in gibberish.” Jade says that she experimented with her voice from a very young age. “I would always just play with my voice and the textures of it as an instrument,” she explained, this experimentation being fundamental in the creation of her own music.

From high school, Jade knew that she would one day be pursuing music as a career. She believes her best subjects at school were arts, music and English, these being vital in the composition of her music. She is a visual person and tells me that she tries to incorporate media visuals into her music.

One of Jade’s defining factors in her music is that it is all written by her. Keen on embracing the singer-songwriter identity, she says one of her favourite things about writing music is how the process is different each time. “Sometimes I will hear music in my dreams and I’ll quickly wake up and record it,” she explains, “Sometimes lyrics will come first and other times music will come first.”

Jade listens to a wide variety of music, indulging herself in certain genres and appreciating them as art but not as a musical influence. “I’ll take on the musicality of what they’ve done,” she explains. “I’ll take on little aspects of [their] artistry that are inspirations for me but it won’t necessarily come out of me in the same form.”

When asked how she would describe her own music, Jade replies with “bubbly, electro-pop, a bit of a folk infusion.” She says her songs are all very different and she is still growing as an artist. “I’m still developing musically and my sound is changing all the time,” she admits. Her music is developing with her as she ages, she believes. “I started writing when I was 11 or 12,” she says. “When you’re 11 you hear all these love songs about feelings that you haven’t felt yet, and it’s hard to write about something I haven’t experienced.”

2015 was a big year for Jade Alice, as she took out the Melbourne Music Bank prize. Jade still feels connected to the team, saying they have given her advice about the industry and have helped her to schedule performances. With the prize, she has had the opportunity to have a music video shot professionally, to record at Sing Sing Recording Studios and to appear on some of her childhood favourite TV shows such as Kids WB. She credits Bank of Melbourne with giving her these opportunities she wouldn’t have received this otherwise.

Jade Alice grew up in Banyule and believes the young musical talent in the area is a product of the area’s acceptance and encouragement towards the arts. “I think that our community is really nurturing of creative people,” she explains. “We have so many great, talented young people in our community and I think that we are so lucky to have schools that really support art.”


-Eloise Derrett

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