MANE Releases Glorious Coping Mechanisms EP!
MANE has finally released her brand new Coping Mechanisms EP, and the only thing that could make us hit pause was the opportunity to catch up with the stellar South Australian artist herself!
If you were at 2018’s Bigsound, you probably remember the name MANE bouncing off of everyone’s tongues. The indie pop artist burst onto the scene with early singles ‘What If The Love Dies’, ‘Chasing Butterflies’ and ‘Save Yourself’. Paige Court, the musician behind the moniker, has since achieved a stunning list of accomplishments including supporting the likes of Matt Corby, Middle Kids and Kingswood, festival sets and her own headline shows, all the while enjoying playlist success across Spotify and Apple Music.
The young Adelaide based songwriter has returned gloriously in 2020 with singles ‘My People’ and ‘Over & Over’ preceding the 13 November EP release. Recorded at Shed Studios in Melbourne, with producer John Castle (Angie McMahon, Hatchie), Coping Mechanisms spans six captivating tracks with every second echoing Paige Court’s own description of the EP as following ‘the journey of trying times, mental health and the moments of strength in between”.
The Creative Issue: Congratulations on the release of Coping Mechanisms! It’s honestly an achievement to be releasing music in 2020. It’s been a very different year for most of us. How has your year been?
Paige Court: Thankyou! It’s been difficult for most of us this year but I’ve really been able to focus on relationships, self care and life maintenance which I would ordinarily put on the back burner so it’s been refreshing giving time to other important areas of my life.
TCI: Your Coping Mechanisms EP is deeply personal and inspirational. It’s an incredible collection of songs. How does it feel now that the EP is out?
PC: I’m relieved and emotional to have it out. It’s been a long time coming and I’m stoked to finally be able to share it and see it resonating with everyone.
TCI: Your lyrics are so honest and self reflective. Do you ever find it difficult to put so much of yourself into your music, or do you find it to be quite therapeutic?
PC: Sometimes yes and sometimes no. This EP felt necessary to get personal because it’s the journey I’ve been on. Writing the songs was very therapeutic and having sat on them for a while before they were released I felt comfortable sharing it with others.
TCI: You recorded Coping Mechanisms at Shed Studios in Melbourne with John Castle. What is your favourite memory of recording the EP?
PC: One of the weeks I went up to Melbourne I brought my long time friend and collaborator Benny Tamblyn to record ‘Over & Over’ which was the song myself and him had written together. It was really nice having him there through the process, along with John because as it gave me another person to bounce ideas off of and things flowed really well.
TCI: You collaborated with other songwriters for a couple of the tracks on the EP. How do you approach writing in collaborative sessions as opposed to writing music by yourself?
PC: I’m a big fan of co-writing and collaborating. It’s great to get out of your comfort zone and have others bring their thing to the table. I’m completely open going into writing sessions with others because it’s another person to learn from and each experience is unique.
TCI: Setting aside your own stellar shows, you’ve supported the likes of Matt Corby, Middle Kids and Kingswood, and you’ve played a bunch of incredible festivals. If you had to pick a favourite venue or festival to play at which would it be?
PC: On a local level I’d love to be able to play the Thebarton Theatre in Adelaide. It’s kind of a rite of passage venue here, not to mention how beautiful it is.
TCI: We know this year has thrown everyone a curveball but what have you got planned for the rest of the year?
PC: There’s not much left of the year but planning to continue to write and work on the next release. I’m really looking forward to playing my first headline show for the year on Dec 11th so also continuing to rehearse and work on the live set so it can be a special show!