I’ve been working on a bunch of new music this year with the help of Michael Marmion at Zun Studios, who very generously sponsored this record.
Not My Job To Make You Happy features Melbourne’s finest soul singer, Candice Monique. It’s a jazzy, soul record about how I moved on from the unhealthy need to try and please everyone by just swaying to other people’s needs. Which is kind of tiring =. As Finch explains:
“We all curate our lives to some extent. And for people-pleasers, the ways in which we do that “curating” piece often stems from a place of fear … To avoid conflict, negative emotions, … will go out of their way to mirror someone’s opinions and appease them in order to deescalate situations or potential issues.”
Not My Job To Make You Happy is out on all streaming platforms this Thursday. You can save the pre-release here if you’d like to be notified of the exact release. Otherwise you can follow me on Spotify, Apple and all the other platforms.
In preparing to complete the recording of my second release here in Jogja, I realised I hadn’t yet released for previous EP Menagerie digitally! So I’ve made it available here for free download for the next month.
Angie from CK Food Lab introduced me to fellow Australian singer-songwriter Ayleen O’Hanlon a few months ago. Although we’d never met around the music scene in Melbourne, a common interest in Indonesia (we both studied bahasa Indonesia here in Indonesia) brought us together.
We did a gig together at Ascos earlier this week whilst Ayleen was travelling through Jogja 🙂
And another from earlier in the evening…
Big thanks to Ascos and everyone who who came down, was a really fun night 🙂
See you at the next gig, 19th Feb in Jogja (more details soon)
It’s been a busy year but I’m still on holidays so I’ve got time to record a bunch of songs! Some of them are old, some are new. They’re all mostly stories about people I know, and little tiny bit of politics (but it’s all metaphoric, not preachy). But no love songs about me being in love or anything! I’ve always felt odd about sharing such private feely feeling things with the world. Maybe I’ll get past that in the future. But I’ve written several about stories my friends have told me. Some of them about love, falling in and out of love, and the awkwardness of telling someone you, like, like them, and even one about the effects of drinking 18 glasses of cheap wine. I’m also throwing in a song by The Pogues which is one of my favourites.
Look forward to sharing these songs once the process is done 🙂