Adelaide step-sisters Skye and Beth make up the electro pop duo Auguste and we were able to discover a little more about them in this interview.
Hi and welcome to Beauty and Lace, thanks for talking to us.
You are step-sisters, what made you decide to make music together?
It kind of just all fell into place for us, our parents got married, we both sung, we both wrote songs, Beth played piano and I played guitar and eventually we just started doing those things together and had heaps of fun with it!
Where did the name come from?
We were in a previous band and decided to change our direction and style a little, we made the decision to change a few things and got some good opportunities to do so in the month of August – we also thought it sounded like a cool band name! The name also has a bit of sentimental meaning for us… a close family member passed away in August, and their birthday was in August too.
How would you describe your sound?
Synth soaked electro pop intertwined with evocative vocals and lyrics.
Can you tell us a little about the new single Kingdom?
We wrote Kingdom together. We were focusing on self respect as a theme and learning how to tell people who try to control you or invade your personal space to ‘eff off!’ It’s told from a few different perspectives, and the chorus implies that you should allow yourself to be strong and a bit crazy if you have to be. It was a really fun song to write and we were so excited when we came up with the melody hook in the chorus! We mulled over it for a few days and then we were just like – ‘Yep… that’s it! Nailed it!’
Where did the concept for the video come from?
Together with the director, Alfonso Coronel, we came up with the idea to have a contemporary dance that represents that notion of having your personal space interrupted. We wanted to keep it simple but have a really powerful and eye catching dance that showed the dancer originally owning her own space and then trying to navigate that space with another person there. She’s unsure about whether she’s happy he’s arrived. The idea plays on the lyric ‘this corner is my kingdom’ – like saying ‘I rule this space – not you!’
How did you choose the dancers?
Jess Statton (main dancer) is a good friend of mine. Jess and Aiden Dane Munn (male dancer) not only performed in the clip but also choreographed the whole routine…They did such an awesome job!
Can you tell us a little about how you came to be working with Andy Bull?
Andy was actually recommended to us by one of our mentors. He thought that Andy’s production style would be a good match for our music and he wasn’t wrong! Andy has really worked some magic on our tracks, we’re really happy with the outcome.
What has been your career highlight to date?
In our previous band, we played the John Peel stage at Glastonbury Festival in 2014 which was an incredible experience! With Auguste, we’ve reached almost 200,000 sound cloud plays on our first single ‘Slow Motion.’ It’s really cool when you start to realise that people all over the world are loving your music!
Who has inspired you musically?
In the beginning, it was Paul Simon. It still is, but there’s been lots of other influences since then… London Grammar, Highasakite, Tracy Chapman and heaps more!
What is your favourite music to listen to?
I love all different genres of music. At the moment I’m loving Astronomy, Salt Cathedral, Gnash, Vera Blue, Mansionair and Japanese Wallpaper… Just to name a few!
What is next for Auguste?
Getting on stage! We have some gigs lined up which we’re really excited about! We also have a third single release in the works, teaming up with a new producer this time, we’re heaps excited about this one – Stay tuned!!
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