Thelma Plum’s monster follow-up
Thelma Plum is at The Small Ballroom on October 30.
Just a few months after debut EP Rosie was released, Thelma Plum was already thinking about record number two.
The 19-year-old from Brisbane has been playing music for most of her life, but her big break was in 2012 when she won a competition to play at the National Indigenous Music Awards through Triple J.
Soon after, hit single Around Here launched her into regular radio station rotation, and Plum found inspiration for follow-up EP Monsters.
‘‘I wrote the whole Monsters EP at home, on my balcony in Brisbane,’’ Plum says.
‘‘It was all written at the end of last year and the start of this year. That’s why I feel like [the songs] sound like a little package, because they’re kind of all about the same thing.’’
The four-song record, released in July, was produced by hip-hop artist M-Phazes, who brought advanced elements of production to the table to give Plum a robust sound she now emulates onstage: touring with a band for the first time.
‘‘There’s four all together including me – just three amazing musicians,’’ Plum says of her band.
The quartet are currently on the road for the Monsters tour, which stops in at Newcastle’s Small Ballroom on October 30.
On the agenda are songs like already popular single How Much Does Your Love Cost, but Plum says Novocastrians will also hear a range of material from the past two years.
Speaking to Weekender from Brisbane, Plum seems shy when she talks about her songwriting process.
Then she hits her stride when presented with one topic plastered all over her social media accounts: dogs.
‘‘My friend was looking at my Instagram the other day, and she was like ‘you do know that your Instagram is just selfies and dogs.
‘‘Or they’re like selfies with dogs’,’’ Plum laughs.
After listening to where her music is now, it’s astounding to think Plum has such ample time in front of her to build a career, tour, experiment and hone her craft.
Fixation on her youth used to bother Plum, but now, she says, it’snot as big of a focus.
‘‘When I was 17, for some reason I would get so annoyed when people were like ‘And you’re only seventeen! And you’re a female’,’’ Plum said.
‘‘But now it’s not a thing.’’