My picks for Triple J’s Hottest 100

I just voted in the Triple J Hottest 100. It was tricky getting the list down to ten, I had a shortlist of 51. The way I narrowed it down was by thinking of the songs I had on repeat and the songs that stopped me in my tracks. What makes me really happy now looking at the list, is that a lot of these artists are women and most are Aussie. REPRESENT!

Airling – Wasted Pilots
George Maple – Talk Talk
Meg Mac – Roll Up Your Sleeves
Carmada – Maybe
Duke Dumont – I Got U {Ft. Jax Jones}
Lykke Li – Gunshot
Mr Little Jeans – Good Mistake
Banks – Beggin For Thread
The Griswolds – Beware The Dog
The Kite String Tangle – Arcadia

Voting is still open so head to http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/

Larissa x

In the Clouds Music Video

The music video for In the Clouds is now out! You can watch it here. Big thanks to Tyler Bell who directed the clip, Kane Lehannuer, Jake Casella and Zac Casella for the help creating the video from concept, set design, coffee runs, pumping smoke in the cave to making sure my fringe wasn’t parted. Couldn’t have done it without you all and it was so much fun creating a piece of art with you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvqBAx9jZk8 In the Clouds music video

Songwriting

Last night I went to a Vivid talk with Battleroy & Damon Sharp on songwriting at the lovely Museum of Contemporary Art.

I started writing songs on the family piano when I was 16, that’s 11 years over writing songs. Some I’m very proud of, some are terrible and will never see the light of day. No one ever showed me how to construct a song, I have always just worked it out and gone with what I think sounds good. It was so interesting to watch and learn about professional songwriters and their process. There are no rules, but there are other ways to approach the process and find inspiration. There are tricks to use so you write a melody that corresponds nicely with the drums or a way to discover different melody lines. These guys were amazing and very inspiring.

I feel as though I am on the brink of something; A new chapter. I’m excited. I don’t know what to expect. A Nord will be involved however, and this change is welcomed with open arms.

Vivid Conversations with Damon Sharpe, Michael Taylor and Battleroy. Pic from Apra.

Vivid Conversations with Damon Sharpe, Michael Taylor and Battleroy. Pic from Apra.

Gig this Friday!

Gig this Friday!

I’m supporting Boyeur from Melbourne this Friday at The Newsagency in Marickville. Very excited as these guys are great and I’ve not played an Inner West show for ages. Hope to see some new faces there to support. I’ve been gigging my butt off in prep for a little holiday/working holiday to San Fran, L.A and Mexico in August. Looking forward to a stint of writing and relaxing.

The music video for In the Clouds is not far off. Can’t wait to share it with you all.

Larissa x

Playing at Stowaway Bar - pic @Benjamindavidweldon

Playing at Stowaway Bar – pic @Benjamindavidweldon

In the Clouds – Free download

Hi everyone,

My latest single, In the Clouds, is up on Triple J Unearthed for free streaming and downloading pleasure! Click the link below and press the  +  or play button to listen and download the track. If you want to register and review the song, that would be very much appreciated and feel free to share the song with your network. The music video is being edited as we speak and will be out later this month! Can’t wait.

Below is a pic taken on the day we shot the music video by the very talented Kane Lehanneur.

Click here for free download!

 

Photo cred - Kane Lehanneur

Photo cred – Kane Lehanneur

Larissa x

In the Clouds music video: Behind the scenes

             In the Clouds music video                 May 2014

The dream team and I filmed a music video for my second single and title track from the In the Clouds EP on the weekend. A sinus infection, 60km/hr winds and torrential rain nearly stopped the shoot going ahead, but we manned up and pulled a rabbit out of the hat!

It all went so well and I have Jake Casella , Kane Lehanneur, Tyler Bell and Zac Casella to thank. I couldn’t have done it without you guys. Tyler videogrpaher & director. Kane photographer, Jake on lighting design, prop and set design, sweeping old crack pipes out of the bunker and cranking the smoke machine, Zac on coffee runs, carrying the gear and photography.

In the Clouds

In the Clouds

Tyler & Kane

Tyler & Kane

Kane and Tyler are editing as we speak and the video will be released in May 2014. The single is out now and up on Triple J Unearthed within the next week.  Till then, here is a little video teaser and some pics to wet your whistle.

Click here for In the Clouds sneak peak

Keep in touch 

Twitter   @larissamckay

Instagram    larissamckay

Facebook   /larissamckaymusic

Triple J Unearthed –  Free downloads

Larissa x

 

 

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Kane and Tyler

In between takes

In between takes

Jake and Zac.

Jake and Zac.

Tyler Bell

Tyler Bell

INXS By My Side

Twas a lovely time had by all at Stowaway Bar last night. Exposed brick walls, dim lighting, drinks a plenty and the pitter patter of rain. Towards the end of my blended set of originals and covers at the trendy small bar on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, I had a passionate request for Never Tear Us Apart by INXS. It isn’t among my family of known songs but as I was packing up and the barman kindly belted the single through the overhead speakers and the whole room caught fire. It is a great song and it took me back to June 2011 when I was living and playing music in London.

Stowaway Bar

Stowaway Bar

I attended a music evening for APRA at the Sound Advice office in Covent Garden and somehow ended up on stage with the boys of INXS backing me. We played my songs one after another. It was unbelievable and a moment I won’t forget.
Maybe it’s time I learned one of their hits.
Larissa x

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