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Interview with The Buckleys
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
Lachlan: The thing that got me into music was growing up around it, our dad would take us to his shows all the time when we were kids and we’d fall asleep on the stage behind him while he would play into the night. We then began to play and eventually would jump up for a song or 2 depending on the gig. I honestly have no idea what I would be doing if I didn’t have music, probably living in the hills like a hermit, haha.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
Lachlan: Outside of music I’ll usually end up surfing, I get a similar rush from surfing as I do with music so they really do go hand in hand. Creatively it has the power to change your entire mind from negative to positive and get ideas flowing. it’s extremely difficult to be an angry person after a surf unless you get into a fight of course, haha.
How long has your band been around?
Sarah: We grew up in a very musical family so we've pretty much been playing music together since we were kids!
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
Molly: We grew up in the Northern Rivers of NSW which is an area that has a lot of creative soul and a wide array of music styles! The area really exposed us to every genre, from pub rock to the bongo drum circles on the beach and Country Music night every Friday. We learnt to just appreciate good sounding music, which is what it’s all about.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you?
Lachlan: Honestly I have no idea who came up with the idea to call the band after our last name, I guess it just represents us and our family, a bunch traveling cats playing music and making people feel good.
Tell me about your most memorable shows.
Sarah: One of the most memorable moments we've had on stage was the first time we heard an audience singing back the lyrics to one of our songs. It was around the time our debut single had come out and went to #1 on Australian Country Radio, we were playing a show in Far North Queensland and the audience just started singing along with us, loudly! It was such a special moment we'll never forget.
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
Molly: There have been so many great venues, a recent highlight was at The Basement in Nashville TN, that was a killer night!
Places we want to play… here, there and everywhere!
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
Sarah: Hmmm imagine sharing a line up with the Rolling Stones!
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
Sarah: Just to enjoy all the experiences as they come, trust your instincts and learn from everything, the good and bad - it's all part of the journey and everything really does happen for a reason.
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
Molly: DON’T dye your hair ombre… it’ll look tragic
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
Sarah: Probably one of the songs on our new EP coming out soon. There's a song called 'Love Me Wrong' which the three of us wrote together. It's a special one because the lyrics are so vulnerable and raw.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
Lachlan: My favourite song to play would have to be Rocky Mountain way by Joe Walsh, we end up turning it into the heaviest groove you ever did hear.
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
Molly: Our creative process changes with every song so there’s not really a strict process we follow. It’s not always write - demo - record. Sometimes the song completely changes direction in the demo and we go back to writing… It's the Wild West.
Inspiration comes from many different things… places I travel to, life experiences, people I meet, listening to great music etc. That’s one thing I love about music, there’s endless inspiration.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
Sarah: We hope to make you feel good! We want people to listen to our music and feel the same thing that we feel when we listen to artists and bands we love - to be able to connect with the songs in their own way and be inspired, empowered and uplifted!
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
Lachlan: Well, disagreements amongst the Buckleys are pretty popular, the good part about it though is the fact that we’re all siblings so we can be extra harsh and mean to one another and not offend each other as much as normal friends would. It sounds very harsh but it all works out great in the end
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
We've got heaps of tour dates coming up, you can head to our website to see if we're playing on your turf! We are also so excited to have a brand new EP coming out 'Take It As It Comes' , we can't wait for you to hear this next chapter of The Buckleys!