Interview: Allysha Joy
You’ve found yourself in really illustrious company with your first solo record being pressed on Gondwana, how’d this come about?
Yeah it's pretty wild, they're making and putting out some beautiful records and I'm super blessed to have been brought into that world! Mathew Halsall heard some of my music late last year on worldwide fm and really dug it, so is helping me get this music out into the world.
Acadie, what does it mean?
It doesn't really mean anything, it's significant to a time in my life and symbolises the creativity of the record for me. A lot of the music is spontaneous, and I've taught myself piano and i guess making up a word for this time and this process feels right to me.
Being a musician from Melbourne, particularly in the neo-soul jazz realm must feel pretty special, it’s obviously a pretty tight-knit, open group. How important is the scene back home and the international interest in it for artists coming through?
Yeah the scene is exactly as you said, we're a small group of friends and collaborators but definitely open and constantly evolving. My 30/70 family is super important to me and incredibly inspiring and being able to tour internationally has been really special, seeing how this music is received overseas and also picking up on the UK sound and bringing that home with us is wicked.
From what I’ve been able to deduce from the first two tracks you speak a lot about personal autonomy and taking power into your own hands. Can you tell us a bit about what your music speaks to on this record?
Yeah there's lots of messages in the record and in all the music I make and I think people will take out of it what they need, or what speaks to them.
But the overarching theme is, be truthful, be well informed, take care of the planet and each other, don't limit yourself or others. That's a tight summary.
I remember hearing you say once on the radio that you attribute certain albums to certain times in your life. Which records would you say have left an impression on you in the last few years?
This record was definitely inspired by my love for Georgia Anne Muldrow and Erykah Badu, those two have had a huge impact on my music. Jordan Rakei's record Cloak was super inspiring. I was listening to Slum Village 'Fantastic Vol 1 + 2' a lot through that period as well as heaps of other Dilla records and obviously a lot of other music in the three years making the record but yeah that's a couple references.
Did you record the album in England or back home?
This album was recorded a couple of years ago at Day Spa Studios in Northcote, with my 30/70 brothers Horatio Luna, Ziggy Zeitgeist and Thhomas engineering. Then he and I spent ages mixing and producing the record together, it was a slow learning process for me and he was super patient. I also had Josh Kelly on some horn parts and Danika Smith on vocals.
You’ve had two videos come with the two tracks off Acadie, can you shed a bit of light on those and what they explore?
Know Your Power clip is exactly as the name suggests, it's a message to encourage women to step into the power that they have. The song is also a reminder to men to check their power and acknowledge the imbalance and how that affects us all.
Selfish is a throw back to some early 2000s vibe, it's about love and hip hop. Shot at total refreshment centre in London, I guess it's also for me about stepping into my own space, into solitude and stillness.