Interview: Aurora Jane

Aurora Jane is a three piece outift about to release their fourth album, Holding Pattern, after spending much of 2012 on tour. We were able to question vocalist Jane Hole about her career, her music and her inspiration.

Hi Jane, welcome to Beauty and Lace.
What made you want to be a musician?

I always loved music. Ever since I was very small. I remember when I was about 10, seeing Jimi Hendrix play guitar on a video for the very first time. I was transfixed, and have been on a musical trajectory ever since. Before that, I was convinced that I wanted to be an environmental scientist. Maybe I’ll do that next.

Can you tell us a little about how Aurora Jane was formed?

The Aurora Jane project has been around for about 10 years now. It is essentially the band name for a variety of combinations of musicians I have worked with over the years. Our sound has evolved through many styles, the early material was very rootsy, and our third record ‘Deep End’ is focused on the funk and soul genre.

You have spent a lot of time touring quite extensively internationally, where has been the most interesting place you have played?

There are many, but my experiences in India always stand out as being the most interesting. In the North East of India we played Roots Festival to stadium crowds in Monsoon season. It was wild! On the new website I am launching this month there is a video about extreme touring which shows buses bogged in the waist deep mud, giant bamboo stages blowing away, and the incredible adventure stories of five bands on a bus cruising through the mountains.

The new album, ‘Holding Pattern’, is being released independently on November 1st. What can you tell us about the album?

Holding pattern was written this winter, my first winter at home in eight years. It tells stories from my life, and the road, and explores themes like lucid dreaming, love, death, and letting birds out of cages.

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How would you describe your sound?

Soulful but experimental, I like to paint with a full palette of colour. Our sound has shifted over time, but right now resides in the vein of soulful pop, funky groove, and psychedelic atmospheric rock.

What inspires your songwriting?

Everything from daily life, to my travel experiences, to my dreaming. This record, is far more intimately revealing than past releases, I like to think that it comes from the heart much more than from the head.

You are also about to embark on a 15 date tour across Australia to launch the album, what can audiences expect from a live show?

An energetic performance, some laughs, some unpredictable improvisation, and an all round good time. The trio is cooking at the moment, we love to make people dance.

Who have been the strongest influences on your music?

There have been so many over the years, but artists like Bjork, Jimi Hendrix, many of the Motown artists, come to mind, also Sia and Frank Ocean.

What is your favourite album to listen to right now?

Lately I have been cruising around in my car listening to Tame Impala’s latest offering alone ‘Lonerism’.

Can you tell us a little about your new project Mojo Junction? is a creative intersection. A webzine where food, music, travel and culture connect. After years of touring I wanted to find a way to better express and share all of the incredible stories from the road. The content is written by artists, filmmakers, and chefs from across the globe. The first edition includes stories about Aphrodisiacal Food, Cuban Jazz Bars and Street Art, alongside recent independent music reviews, and recipes.

What does being a woman mean to you?

Being a woman means being myself, honoring and nurturing my softer side, being in touch with my emotions, and trusting my intuition.

Thanks for your time Jane and good luck with the tour.

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