Interview: Hayley Clare (Venus Fire)

Hayley Clare is a talented young artist who has been in the industry for quite some time, a change of direction has seen her create Venus Fire and we spoke to her about the new music.

What prompted you to change direction and create Venus Fire?

I was actually feeling quite burnt out and the idea of making another album was just a huge drag, which set off alarm bells – I LOVE recording, so I knew something wasn’t right. So I took a bit of time out to just listen, hear some new sounds and to tap back into the music I loved as a child, the music that made me want to sing in the first place; artists like Cyndi Lauper, INXS, The Rolling Stones etc. and Venus Fire grew from there.

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Where did the name come from?

It took a while to land on Venus Fire actually. I knew I wanted a 2 word title…..I love “Massive Attack” and “True Live” and I particularly liked the way “True Live” is made up of two words that work together, but are strong enough to stand alone. So I was looking for two words, two strong words that would conjure feminity and power; which seemed to be the key themes of the new sound.
There were lists and lists, but in the end Venus Fire just seemed to fit.

How would you describe the music of Venus Fire?

It’s emotive and poetic but also fun and a bit sexy.

What can you tell us about the new single “The Sound”?

The Sound is a very fitting first Single as it’s actually all about my relationship with music and the artistic struggle that prompted the change in direction that started Venus Fire. Writing it was actually the catalyst for the change in direction as it was a very different sound to anything I’d written before, I was intrigued by it, and the new writing process it initiated.

Whose vision created the concept for The Sound video?

Michael Middleton and James Grech from Guerilla Creative came up with the concept, filmed, edited, produced the clip and were a whole lot of fun to work with in the process. We’re actually in the process of making the film clip for the next single and I’m truly blown away by their abilities both creatively and technically – they really are masters of their craft.

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Where do you find your songwriting inspiration?

I wish I knew, because I would go there everyday!
I guess the real answer is I don’t know, it seems to be different every time, sometimes it takes a big overwhelming emotion like love but just as often it can simply be from a passing comment or a colour I see.

Who are your musical influences?

At the moment Cyndi Lauper, Florence & The Machine, Washington, Kimbra, Sia, Owl Eyes, Bat For Lashes, Gotye, Bertie Blackman, The Raah Project, INXS, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson.

How do you relax and unwind?

I don’t! I have a 6 month old, so I go to great lengths to grab 10mins here and there, but just sitting under a tree playing with bubs is one of my favourite activities at the moment.

Can you tell us about your favourite album of all time, what is it and why do you love it?

…ah, the impossible question….I don’t really have a favourite of all time, rather I tend to dwell on one album at a time….when I find something that appeals, I will listen obsessively until I’ve sucked the life out of it, I need to know every chord, every lyric, every structure, to have solved the mystery of why I love it, before I can move on……however, there are some classics for eg. Paul Simon’s “Graceland” that I never seem to finish with. As a child, I loved it for the new sound and rhythms that I could dance to, but now that I’m older, I seem to find a new lyric or bass line or something that I’ve never noticed, and it keeps me going back for more.

What’s next for Hayley Clare and Venus Fire?

We have launch shows in Melbourne and Sydney coming up very soon, and we will be launching the full EP a little later in the year which I’m super excited about; with the next film clip from Guerilla Creative. There’s lots happening in the Venus Fire camp at the moment, so I’m having lots of fun.

What does being a woman mean to you?

Being a woman, especially in the 21st century, means I have it all. I have the freedom to express myself artistically and add to the body of incredible work produced by women, the capacity to have a fulfilling career, experience the joys of motherhood, and the thrill of strutting my stuff in that perfect pair of heels.

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