March the 8th is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate and highlight the valuable contributions women make to our world. One day is not enough, so this is part of a month-long series of posts celebrating female artists from Australia.
Today’s feature artist is Emma Heeney, a songwriter and musician who successfully worked out how to beat years of writers’ block!
1. What art do you make?
I’ve been a musician since I can remember. These days, I’m primarily a songwriter, and sometimes play live as a solo artist (with a band of excellent musicians). Over the years I’ve played in a bunch of different bands as a singer/guitarist/keyboard player and independently released and toured bunch of albums.
I’ve also been a backing vocalist for some higher profile acts and whizzed around the country doing that, as well as a singing cartoon voice, and have made music for documentaries.
2. What is one of your proudest achievements as an artist?
Late last year I released an album called “After the Fireworks”. The lead up to the album was a tricky period for me.
I was in a world of confusion about what I was doing with my life, hadn’t written anything in years, and could barely bring the word artist to my mouth when people asked what I did.
I decided I wanted to start writing again but I had no idea whether I’d be able to finish anything.
Over 2 years I slowly put together a bunch of songs that sounded like they could be an album. Then I got some friends on board and we played them as a band, and the sounds started to take shape. After that it all just fell into place. I was successful in getting funding from Arts Victoria to record an album, and one of my favourite musicians and producers, Greg Walker, agreed to record/produce the album.