Melbourne indie-folk duo Someday June consists of guitarist Troy White and singer/songwriter Bec Sykes, who have joined forces to create their uniquely beautiful style of music through their debut EP. We chat to Bec ahead of the EP release.
Your debut EP is released soon – how are you feeling?
It’s been a long time coming so we’re definitely relieved to see it all come together. It’s also a bit daunting, especially because our songs are so personal. More-so because people close to us are going to hear it. I don’t mind telling my story to a stranger.
You’ve supported acts like Patrick James and Ayla, any difference now you’re preparing for your own tour?
We’ve got a third member, Pia, performing with us on backing vocals and violin, and we’re incorporating some percussion this time around. We’ve been playing these songs live as a duo for a while so it’s been rejuvenating coming up with different arrangements for the tour.
‘Look Closer’ is an amazing song and the music video is gorgeous – what was it like filming/preparing for that?
Thank you! It was our first music video so it was a cool experience. The preparation mainly consisted of finding a location and dancer, then the rest unfolded naturally. The dancing was mostly improvised, and in terms of filming, it was a one-camera affair by Geelong creative, Jess Walters. We wanted the video to reflect the spacious, minimalist nature of the song.
The EP has a mix of genres; folk, pop and indie – was this the aim? Was there one genre that had the most influence on your sound?
It’s interesting because we didn’t really think about how the songs were a bit pop-leaning until after the EP was finished and we had to classify it. I would say that contemporary folk music has had the strongest influence. We look up to artists like Daughter and Paul Dempsey.
What’s next for Someday June?
I’m planning to do some travel, and hopefully switch off a bit so I can really tune into my creative side. We’ve got a bunch of song ideas floating around, so I’m sure another EP isn’t too far off the horizon.
When & Where: Babushka Bar, Ballarat – August 5, Analogue Academy, Geelong – August 11 & The Basement Bar, Bendigo – August 12
Photo by Bea Shot