Interview: Bethany (The Little Stevies)

The Little Stevies are a Melbourne band who have recently released a live album, are working on a studio album and have done some pretty extensive traveling. I was able to question Bethany about The Little Stevies

How you met is not really right questions, so instead I’ll ask what prompted you to form The Little Stevies?

I think my sister Byll and I decided we wanted to be in a band before we could even play any instruments. So the birth of The Little Stevies was a pretty authentic one with the both of us learning to play and interact together as a band from the word go. Rather than locking ourselves away for years of practicing in bedrooms before coming together. The growth and evolution of the band has always been in front of the eyes of others which has been both wonderful and excruciating at times.

Can you remember your first gig, what can you tell us about it?

Our first gig was at the iconic Melbourne music venue, The Corner Hotel, as part of the PBS radio songwriting competition back in 2003. We were so nervous that we organised a dress rehearsal prior to the gig where we played our full set of three songs in the lounge room for our friends and parents. On the night I was so in awe of even just using the toilets backstage.

You recently released a live album ‘Most Requested’, what can you tell us about it?

We have been touring and playing so much these last four years and our third founding band mate, Robin, left the band last year so we thought it was an appropriate time to bring out a live album of Little Stevies favourites that have been heavily requested by fans at live shows over the years, since our live show will forever be a little bit different heading into the future. We also wanted an excuse to include a couple of never released songs and covers, and some spontaneous personal highlights that we quietly think are classic Little Stevies comedy gold.

How was the launch, what can you tell us about it?

As well as launching the new live album recently, we also launched a new 5-piece band. Playing with new musicians is a beautiful thing; it brings a breath of fresh air to the songs and the live show dynamic, and reminds you that you’re never good enough to stop practicing!

You have toured extensively, where was the most exciting show you’ve played?

Playing in between Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) and Bright Eyes at the Ottawa Folk Festival in Canada probably takes the cake for both most exciting and nerve-racking gig.

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How would you describe your musical style?

We play pop music. Good Australian pop music.

What is your career highlight to date?

Having the opportunity to tour North America three times has definitely been a highlight. I think leaving the country as a band and having successful experiences is a great validation for your art and gives you the perspective you need to keep moving forward.

There will be a new album released later this year, what can you tell us about it?

It will be our third studio album after Love Your Band (2009) and Attention Shoppers (2011). We’re making it in a home-built studio and have the ongoing entertainment of Byll’s 8-month old baby, so it’s been a pretty enjoyable and relaxed experience so far.

Where do you get your songwriting inspiration?

From heightened emotions, usually triggered by personal experience. I’m pretty self absorbed…

What’s next for The Little Stevies?

You never know what opportunities are waiting just around the corner in the music industry, so my guess is as good as yours. But I think Byll and I both hope to simply keep writing and playing music together for a long time that hopefully resonates with people in some way or another. And to perform it when the opportunity arises.

What does being a woman mean to you.

Being a woman means that I now feel really proud to fulfil my responsibility of being a role model for other girls younger than me who are navigating their way through their early lives.

Just like so many other female artists have been role models for me in motivating me to follow my dreams and act on my impulses whilst trying to contemplate the unrealistic pressures and expectations of being well educated, well traveled, financially independent and knowing what you want to do for the rest of your life all before hitting 21, if I can be of any assistance in the same way to someone else like others have been for me, I think I’ll feel pretty fulfilled about that.

Thanks for taking the time out to talk to us.

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