Young Adelaide songstress Paige Renee Court is the woman behind MANE and in the lead up to the release of single BITTER we were able to find out a little more about her.
Hi Paige, welcome to Beauty and Lace and thanks for talking to us.
What made you pursue a career in music?
I’ve always been an avid music lover from since I can remember. I learnt piano and violin at a young age, however it wasn’t until I was about 16 that I started teaching myself guitar and singing. I wish I could give the spill and say I come from a really musically influenced family and my dad was in a cool psychedelic rock band back in the day, but that couldn’t be further from the truth (ha!). When I was 9 I started swimming competitively and was doing really well with it and landing myself in state teams and so forth. I relocated schools to pursue swimming full time, it’s an insane sport I totally admire anyone that sticks at it long enough to make it to the Olympics, power to them! It’s a super high pressure sport and quite mentally demanding and at 16, I just sort of burnt out and I didn’t want to do it anymore. At the time it was quite hard to give it up, especially when you’re doing so well and a lot of people have expectations of you, but I did and I guess that’s when I really fell into my music, I had the freedom to spend more time playing guitar, singing, writing and soon performing and when I did that’s when I truly found where my passion lies. Best decision I’ve ever made!
How would you describe your sound?
I guess Indie-Pop with blues influence
Can you tell us about your songwriting process and where your inspiration comes from?
I guess primarily the inspiration for the songs I write come from my own experiences and the emotions that develop from those experiences, but sometimes if a family member or a friend of mine is dealing with something that really tugs at my nerves, good or bad, I tend to take a bit of that on and write about it myself. Sometimes I relate it to me, sometimes it’s just their story that I’m telling.
The new single is Bitter, can you tell us about it?
The single is titled Bitter, it’s inspired by a very evil, manipulative person, someone who was once very close to a family member of mine. It’s definitely the most spiteful song I’ve ever written.
Later this month your debut EP House of Horror releases, can you tell us about it?
The Title of the EP is ‘House Of Horror’ inspired by one of the tracks on the EP. It explores a lot of darkness that has been a result of past experiences or experiences of others, whether that be resentment, self doubt, death or depression it all comes under the one roof.
You have some shows booked to promote the EP, what can audiences expect from a live show?
The live shows we have planned on the House of Horror tour are going to be fun. Some shows will be performed more stripped back in the form of how I wrote the tracks on the EP while others will be performed with the full band.
How did you come to be working with Benjamin Lancaster Powell on the Bitter clip?
I started working with Ben as I was part of the N1 Records initiative in SA that funds emerging artists and their projects. He had worked with other artists in the program in the past and once I checked out his back catalogue and discussed the ideas he had for the clip we went from there and had a lot of fun.
What is your career highlight to date?
I’ve played some really great festivals/shows amongst some really cool acts that have been super fun but I would have to say being awarded the APRA AMCOS EMILY BURROWS AWARD would be at the top of the list. It was really humbling to receive such an honourable award and to have your hard work be recognised and awarded by industry folks.
What is next for MANE?
I want to keep exploring this new style I’ve taken on under the MANE banner and playing shows, I’ve got a few more exciting things to come this year!
Thanks for your time Paige, good luck with the EP release.
MANE ‘HOUSE OF HORROR’ TOUR DATES
Friday July 15
The Bluebee Room
Sunday July 24
Whole Lotta Love
Friday July 29