Artist: Liberty Tuohy
LIBERTY TUOHY is a 17 year old singer/songwriter from South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula.
Liberty is one of 2 recipients of the prestigious “Whyalla Recording Scholarship” which offers young original artists from regional South Australia the opportunity to audition for – and then win – a professional recording and distribution package valued at over $10,000.
Liberty will record her original song called “TIME STAYS THE SAME” which is based on her life experiences.
As a Winner of the “Whyalla Recording Scholarship” I am now entering the professional music arena, and look forward to releasing my debut single to the world!
What Music activities are you involved in? Recording artist, songwriter, composer, producer, engineer?
I am a singer, songwriter, guitarist and now recording artist!
What aspect of what you do musically, do you find the most fun?
My favourite thing about music in general is the close connection I have with the lyrics of songs, and the extreme emotion you can both put into your music – and get out of music too. The part best about playing music is the connection you make with the people around you. From singing around a campfire with a group of your closest friends or family, to watching members of your audience get up and ‘dance like nobody’s watching’ every performance has it’s own atmopshere and “feeling”.
How would you describe your music?
My music is very personal. It relates to events that have occurred in my life, and I use these events in the lyrics and feel of my songs, which gives my music an authentic, indie/folk style.
How long have you been playing music?
I have been playing music and singing for as long as I can remember. I took my first piano lesson when I was just 5 years old, and I can remember my brothers and I making instruments out anything we could find in the house – including kitchen utensils – and having concerts our lounge room, selling our whole 2 tickets out to our parents!
What are you trying to say through your music?
My songs are written based on hope, and knowing that things can change for the greater good. They may begin with a negative appearance but there’s always a positive finish. I guess I write like this not only for the audience, but for myself too – for reassurance.
Do you get nervous when you perform?
I do get nervous when I perform, however I certainly don’t get as nervous as it used to! I had my first gig when I was 13 at an “open mic” night, and I could feel my knees shaking the whole time, my heart pounding 100 miles an hour. Over the years I have learned to just take a breath and reassure myself that I’m doing what I love.
Do you feel the music you listen to affects who you are?
Of course! Music can affect our personality, social behaviours and emotions both positively and negatively depending on the music we listen to. For me, I listen to mostly up-beat music that can make me feel motivated and uplifted such as Jay Hoad, Xavier Rudd, Jack Johnson, Sticky Fingers and Tash Sultana.
My final thoughts to inspire young musicians:
The best advice I could give to young artists, is to be patient. Your may have heard this a million times before, but it’s the truth – you’re not going to become a professional musician overnight. Your muscles in your hand will cramp, your fingertips will hurt more often then not, and you WILL get frustrated. But when you’re finally able to play that chord or sing that high note you have been practicing for weeks it’s truly the best feeling.
Thank you on behalf of Listening Edge Records for taking time to share with us your thoughts on music, and helping inspire musicians of all ages.Trevor Baron President Listening Edge Records