Interview: Musician Candice Long
Alicia Moo | On 07, Aug 2013
Meet musician Candice Long, one of our talented feature artists atÂ Young at ArtÂ onÂ August 8.
Creative Drinks: Have you been creating and recording for very long?
Candice: Â I started singing when I was 7, and Iâ€™ve been recording probably all of my life, but it was just demos when I was a kid. I seriously got into it 8 or 9 years ago, recording and that kind of thing.
Creative Drinks: Is there a particular style that you prefer?
Candice: I have a love of a few different styles, I kind of started in country so I always tend to go back there, and I really love pop and folk as well, so I kind of mesh the three together.
Creative Drinks:Â Do you mix mediums with what you do with your art?
Candice:Â Iâ€™ve made a couple of video clips, and that kind of thing and I song write as well as perform covers. I think music is mostly the thing that I concentrate on.
Creative Drinks: Who are your main mentors around Brisbane that youâ€™ve studied under that have really pushed you?
Candice: My dad is probably the biggest one, because he was a professional musician, and he took me under his wing and showed me the ropes of the music industry from his perspective. So he was probably my first mentor. Iâ€™ve had people that Iâ€™ve worked along side of, there was a studio called Hammond Silver that took me under their wing for a long time, and did my recordings for free and kind of mentored me that way. That was cool. I think there has been too many to name probably.
Creative Drinks: How about influences, are there any artists out there that you love and take on board when you are creating?
Candice: I think Brooke Fraser is probably the biggest one for me, and then I have a secret closet Taylor Swift love. You canâ€™t help it.
Creative Drinks: Has Brisbane influenced your art and what youâ€™ve been creating?
Candice: Probably the people in Brisbane definitely have, and the people in my band I’d say influenced me a lot, and gave me a lot of creative freedom to do the things that I wanted to do.
Creative Drinks: What do you hope to get out of the event?
Candice: I just like meeting new people and getting a chance to show my expression of who I am and my creativity so I think it would be nice just to meet people, and be in an environment where creativity is encouraged.
Creative Drinks: Do you think the creative industry in Brisbane nurtures home grown talent?
Candice: I think so, yeah. I think that there is a lot of people who complain about Brisbane, but I think that if you are looking for opportunities there are plenty to be found. I just did a trip to India not too long ago, and I kissed the ground when I got home – we really are a blessed place, and I think that the opportunities are there if you look for them.
Creative Drinks: Why do you create music and what are your motivations behind it?
Candice: I think I was just made a creative person, that’s just who I am. For me, I am most happiest when Iâ€™m creating. I feel a sense of purpose, it’s what I was made to do. Even if Iâ€™m making a card for someone, something so simple I feel a bit more whole I guess. So that’s probably why I do what I do.
Creative Drinks: Where would you like to be in five years?
Candice: I would love to have gone to America, Iâ€™d love to make a country album in Nashville. Iâ€™d also love to be able support someone bigger than myself, so maybe just tour around Australia and do my own stuff a bit more.
What?Â Young At Art, Hosted by Creative Drinks
When?Â 6pm, 8 August 2013
Where?Â Fringe Bar, Fortitude Valley
How much?Â $15 online
More info?Â Buy ticketsÂ online