A Year in the Life of Roxanne de Bastion: May

If you have missed the previous editions of this feature, then you can catch up at the links below and then come back to find out what has happened since.

January || February || March || April

What have you been up to since we last spoke?

I think I was in the middle of touring with US singer songwriter Hayes Carll when we last spoke. After finishing up that tour (and getting to ride in a tour bus for the first time – woohoo!), I flew to Berlin to be part of this year’s re:publica conference. I held a talk about gender equality in the music industry and got to perform at the end of the conference. I was in the studio recording the rhythm section for two new songs and played a little show in London as part of a tiny little folk festival weekend, hosted by Laurel Canyon and IMC.

Anything that stood out in particular?

The gig at Re:publica was pretty special. Performing at conferences and corporate events can be real hit and miss. This was great – there must have been about 500 people there (which is a pretty huge audience for me), all from different corners of the world, enjoying the music and singing along. It also feels really good to continue work on the album – the last months have been non-stop gigging and it feels like the right time to be back in the studio making things.

at the re:publica TEN (2016), Foto: Stephan Röhl
at the re:publica TEN (2016), Foto: Stephan Röhl
Was there anything you’d have done differently?

When I came back from re:publica, I had one day where I stayed in bed and watched cartoons. I really should have added a couple more days to that. I also think I should spend more time writing and finishing songs, but that’s just in general. I think this month has been more about tying up loose ends, regrouping for next steps and working on future projects.

What do you make of A Moon Shaped Pool?

I haven’t listened to it yet. I had a look at the latest NZCA Lines ‘A year in the life of’ post to see what they had to say about it and was amused that they hadn’t heard it either before you asked. I have a lot of respect for Radiohead and have seen them live twice, but I haven’t really been keeping up with the last couple of albums.

I’ve mostly been listening to Tame Impala’s latest album (my favourite song is ‘Yes I’m Changing’) and two independent artists, both of whom I met at Folk Alliance: Jack Harris, ‘The Flame and the Pelican’ (beautiful guitar playing & lyrics and an absolute treat to watch live) and Fish & Bird’s ‘Something in the Ether’ (listing to that right now actually).

What’s the plan for the next few weeks?

More recording and lots of meetings, that pretty much sums it up! Oh, and PLAYING AT GLASTONBURY!!!!!! 🙂