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Beatrix Bae Bouwman
Cat Power, Laura Viers
In the words of Missy Higgins:
"Pretty, delicate acoustic songs that sound like they were recorded in a bedroom on a winters morning, while it's pouring outside. Love the intimacy and the old feel of your voice. Makes me want to make some tea and dust off my Billie Holiday records..."
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Interview: 11 May 2007
Congratulations to Beatrix Bae Bouwman. She will be supporting Missy Higgins in Tasmania. Find out more about this competition.
Describe your music.
I started playing guitar so I could sing to something. The music is very simple and the lyrics and voice are what it's all about. My songs are personal without being self-indulgent. I tend to write from an unusal perspective, trying to create something other than your straight forward love songs. Even the really bluesy songs that talk about loss and disappointment are still about love, hope and moving on.
Tell us about your local music scene.
The Hobart scene is very friendly and pretty small. There isn't the range of venues like in other capital cities, so there is a need to travel interstate, for touring at least, if you aren't content to play at the same three venues for the rest of your life. I've been really warmly welcomed into music scene considering I've only been playing publicly for a really short time.
What can Tasmanians expect when you get on stage to support Missy?
They can expect a pretty dress, an overexcited singer, and some sweet, meloncholic songs.
Who would be on your ultimate festival line-up? Where would it be?
Cocco Rosie, Bonnie Prince Billy, Cat Power, PJ Harvey, heck bring Elliot Smith and Frank Zappa back to life and invite them too! I want to play a festival with a massive variety of strange and beautiful acts, we'd all gather in a soggy marshland, everyone wears gumboots and eats dagwood dogs for free and they give you your beer in a glass!!!
What was the last album you bought?
Cocco Rosie's Noahs Arc. I bought it because it is so interesting, it's in the lyrics, the production, their kooky voices. I love it.
What do you do when you're not making music?
I am a painter and I'm doing my honours this year. I think it's important, when you're making the type of music that I do, to keep the rest of your life pretty full, so that you sing yourself into a lull. I've got two jobs on top of uni: one in a bookshop cafe and the other in an art supply store. Soon I'll have a garden to get muddy in, somebody kick me if I start writing songs about growing vegetables!!
What have you got planned for the future?
My plan for the immediate future is to go shopping for a nice dress to wear on stage at the Missy Higgins gig. I'll be practicing pretty hard in the next couple of weeks I reckon. I'm halfway through making my next CD called 'Let It Be Said'. I plan a CD launch here and I imagine I'll do a little Melbourne tour before the year is out to promote my music there.
Australian music is...
still growing up out of its teenage years. There is a lot of raw talent in this country that needs a bit of love and care. There is a big range of music in Australia and you've got to keep your ear to the ground or you'll miss it. Three cheers for JJJ!!!
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