Sticking To Her Roots: Leanne Tennant
We talk QMA nominations and possible future artist collaborations with Cairns songwriter, Leanne Tennant.
With a new album due to drop in May and a nomination in the QMAs blues/roots category, Leanne Tennant has been receiving increasing attention in the music world. The Cairns artist’s song ‘Bring It All Back’ was featured on Triple J’s Unearthed station last year and has gone on to reach a global audience. Her latest single ‘Everspin’ is now available and provides the perfect taste of what is to come in the new album.
The Creative Issue: What does being nominated for QMA represent to you and your work?
Leanne Tennant: It’s always a little scary releasing new work, so it feels pretty nice when people are resonating with it. A QMA nomination feels very special indeed.
TCI: What was your reaction when you found out you were nominated for your award?
LT: I was stoked!
TCI: What is your favourite part about being involved with Queensland’s music community?
LT: Queensland has such a large pool of talent that is all rather connected. I love that we celebrate our music community with events such as the QMA’s.
TCI: Can you describe the creative forces and inspirations behind your work?
LT: I’m mostly inspired by hearing new music. I love to discover new acts and hear what they are doing which always starts a flow of new ideas.
TCI: What are your plans looking forward to in the coming year?
LT: I have another single being released, then my full album in May!
TCI: Would you be open to working with another QMA nominee and if there is, what about them and their work really grabs your attention?
LT: Absolutely, I’d love to work with a bunch of them. In particular I feel something lovely could come out of working with Hatchie. I love her shoe-gaze pop anthems.
TCI: What are your best tips for dealing with nerves when it comes to performing?
LT: Being prepared always helps. I find the more prepared I am with my performance, the more I am able to bounce back from a nerve attack, or if something goes wrong.
TCI: Brisbane is fast becoming a music hotspot to perform in. What are the best venues you’ve played at or where would you like to play the most?
LT: The Triffid, and The Junk Bar are two of my fave venues to perform at. I would love to play at the new Fortitude Valley Music hall one day.
TCI: Given the Schools category at the QMA’s, What would be your best tip for young musicians?
LT: Stay authentic and not mould to whatever is on the radio right now. Just be yourself.
TCI: What’s one thing that you would like to see come out of the Queensland music scene?
LT: More live music venues across Queensland, particularly in Regional areas which has a focus on original musicians.
The Queensland Music Awards will be held on Tuesday 3rd of March at the Fortitude Valley Music Hall. General Admission mezzanine tickets are available to purchase from $57.95 + booking free for QMusic members and $77.95 + booking fee for non-members. To purchase your QMusic member ticket contact QMusic or book at full-rate via the QMA website or Ticketmaster.
What: 2020 Queensland Music Awards
Where: The Fortitude Music Hall (Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley)
When: Tuesday 3 March 2020 @ 6pm
How Much: $77.95 + b/f ($57.95 for QMusic Members)
Website: link to website
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