Interview: Sheppard

Sheppard will be playing Kingscliff Beach Hotel on Friday 31 August.

Kingscliff Hotel | Friday 7pm |  $35.65

Hailing from Brisbane, Sheppard is an indie pop band formed by brother and sister Amy and George Sheppard back in 2009. Bombs Away was their debut studio album back in 2014 and featured the hit Geronimo. They cracked a Number 2 on the ARIA charts… This year they released Watching the Sky and they’re heading to the Kingscliff Hotel for what is sure to be a massive gig.

Six years since you released your multi-award-winning Bombs Away – was the response a surprise to you?

The success of Bombs Away and Geronimo surpassed any expectations we had. Although we felt we had something special, we were very aware that many musicians feel that way about their own music. You can never expect that to happen to you, especially when you’re just a little band from Brisbane.

Between April and June of 2014 you played with some of the biggest names touring Australia: Michael Franti, Keith Urban.

How was that, a career highlight for you guys? And was it an amazing learning experience for you?

We learnt A LOT from both Franti and Urban. They have got to be some of the most genuine artists in the industry. Their humility and generosity to their fans and crew, as well as our band, is something that has stuck with us. After experiencing touring with these world-class acts we aspire to always make people feel welcome and comfortable and a part of the team.

Tell us about how your journey had inspired your new album Watching The Sky. What is it about?

What inspired Watching the Sky was the hope of demonstrating to our audience how important it is to have a dream and how important it is to stay authentic to yourself and that dream. Every song on the album has derived from a real experience, most of which were on the road after releasing Bombs Away.

What’s your favourite song on the album?

One of my favourite moments of writing the album was when we were all working on the track I Was Lost. In the bridge of the song there’s a section where we each gets a turn to sing. My line is ‘5am when the sunlight breaks, six young minds in a crowded place’. Although we are so grateful for the opportunities we are given, this whole section is about how difficult we found extensive touring. Being away from friends and loved ones, being in a very foreign place, and endless travel take their toll on a lot of musicians and different people handle the stress of it all in various ways, some which can be very destructive to their regular life.

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