Q&A with Felicity Groom

Felicity Groom attended Song Summit 2010 as winner of the triple j Unearthed Song Summit Competition. We caught up with her to talk about it.

Why did you decide to go? Especially coming all the way from Perth!

I won a little competition that Triple J ran. I sent them a song and then they picked a winner from each state. So it was very lucky that I got to go.

Who did you meet as a result of participating?

I formed some friendships with the other winners from different states and that was handy because those faces pop up now and again at gigs when touring around here and there.

What was your most memorable moment? Or some highlights?

James Mercer did a Q and A with the winners from each state and we had the opportunity as a small group to ask him questions about the creative process which was really informative and delightful to find out that Mercer while writing really incredible pop songs is also a really nice guy. He performed a couple of songs for the group which was indeed a highlight.

What’s an important lesson you took away from Song Summit in 2010?

That there are no real rules. It was refreshing to hear from many different sources that the creative process is quite arbitrary and almost nonsensical. In the early days I think I thought that it was a matter of switching it on and switching it off like a light. Now I realise that it’s a room and the light in the room will come on and off by its own accord… and you might be in the room and you might be out of the room… but if you trust that it will keep turning off and on at irregular intervals… eventually you will happen to be in the room when the light is on and everything will make sense.

What doors did attending Song Summit open up for your music career

Triple J made a few announcements about the winners so I got a bit of exposure there then… plus I think the fact that they had found me through the competition meant they continued following my career with interest and really got behind my album when it came out.  Plus exposing me to the whole spectrum of people involved in the industry made me more aware of how valuable a music industry is to a community or country. For its artistic integrity that it injects into a place and also for the revenue it brings. I think knowing that probably propelled me along a bit more down the path of pursuing music as a career.

What’s in store for you and your music this year?

Well there’s touring and then recording and then some more touring and that’ll probably take us to the end of the year quite quickly. This John Butler tour I am on at the moment spans over two months… one of which has already gone. I would like to have the next album out by the beginning of next year… and a little overseas travel would be swell.

Who would most benefit from attending Song Summit do you think?

I think anyone from the music industry would get something out of it. A lot of the topics of conversation concern all realms of the business. I sat through some of the lectures about the economics of music and how to develop a revenue again in the changed climate of free downloads… and that was something that had a relevance to everyone from record execs to musicians. There were polarised opinions on things… but the fact that you had at least two to three different people talking on the subject meant that you were always seeing the complete picture on the matter… which was so handy. So it’s very much a worthwhile venture.