RENDEZVOUS: A Quick Catch Up With FRITZ
“It’s great how the stigma surrounding ‘women in music’ is wearing off, I think we’re in a really great place at the moment as far as that goes, I’m lucky to be a female musician in this generation.”
If you’re yet to meet Newcastle’s DIY-pop-darling FRITZ, then it’s time to listen up. At just 18 years old, Tilly Murphy has harnessed her charming bedroom rock sound, becoming one of the most exciting emerging artists Australia has to offer. Her music is the perfect balance of fuzz and emotion, delivering stories of teenage fun and heartbreak via sweet vocals and gritty guitar. We had a mini catch up to chat about her latest single ‘Summer Holiday’, her current national tour and being a young woman in music in 2018.
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It’s been a big 12 months in the world of FRITZ. What’s been the highlight?
A lot has happened in just a year! It’s hard to say just one highlight. I think going on tour with Ruby Fields would be though, it was really exciting to play in cities we’ve never been to. Currently though we’re on our first headline tour! It’s a highlight even being able to do that - so far we’ve only played one out of the 5 shows but it’s been unreal and I’m keen for the rest.
There’s something so magical about music that’s been created in a bedroom. How important is it for you to maintain that DIY charm?
I agree, there is. I really enjoyed creating my debut LP in my bedroom, it was the most comfortable I’ve felt, like I thought even if it didn’t do so well, I still captured a piece of my life and was something I’d hold as my greatest achievement of all. I was very proud of it. My new material however has been/is being recorded in a studio. I chose to do this just because I wanted my songs to sound fuller and demonstrate my song writing capabilities in a more hi-fi way. It’s nice though that I still write all my music and create demos in my bedroom, I don’t feel like I’ve lost any of that bedroom-recording specialness.
Can you tell us a bit about the recording process for your most recent single ‘Summer Holiday’?
Well, it was recorded with Newy local Fraser Marshall, who is not only a great producer but also awesome to work with. Some parts of the song were made up as we were recording it which is cool.
What does the FRITZ creative process look like?
Me with my guitar sitting on my bed with my phone next to me recording tonnes of voice memos is where it starts. If I actually want to pursue a song it takes me a while to actually… get up and walk to get my computer (hahaha) and start a demo.
You’re able to articulate your emotions quite freely in your music. Do you find making music quite therapeutic? Why?
I do. I definitely find it the easiest way to release emotions. Not just with the lyrics I write, but actually just playing guitar or writing a song is break for me, it’s a break from uni or social life. I like just concentrating on one thing, it helps me de-stress.
How has your approach to music changed since finishing school? Does having more time help, or do you work better under pressure?
It’s funny because I thought I’d have all the time in the world after finishing high school. In fact, I’m even more busy but in a good way! Of course, I always have time to write music, like I mentioned it’s a fun hobby that distracts me from everyday life. I still write music the same way I did in high school, I think the only thing that has changed is my style. I listen to a lot more music now and am therefore inspired by a lot more.
Typically, in the past, it’s been challenging for women to exist as equals in the music world. At just 18 years old, you almost represent a new generation (a generation that is more aware of their right to exist as a woman in the music world). What’s your experience been like so far? Are there any female artists in particular that you look up to?
I’m lucky that I personally have never faced any sort of sexism, I’ve never been made to feel like I was less of a musician than a man or been taken less seriously. But at the same time, I’m never really thinking about it. I saw some article today that said 50% of new guitar players are women, according to a study by Fender. It’s great how the stigma surrounding “women in music” is wearing off, I think we’re in a really great place at the moment as far as that goes, I’m lucky to be a female musician in this generation. I look up to many female artists, Molly Rankin from Alvvays is probably the most inspiring to me, I think she is so clever with songwriting and I love everything she creates.
The Newcastle music scene is thriving. Who are some artists we should all know about?
RAAVE TAPES, Vacations, Grace Turner and Oilbaron are my all time fave Newy artists!!!!
Finally, you obviously have an ear for music. How do you go on the dance floor?
Hahaha to be honest I’m an awesome dancer. I tear up the d floor.
Get yourself along to a show below:
Friday 26th October, Brighton Up Bar, Sydney
Saturday 27th October, Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne
Sunday 28th October, North Gong Hotel, Wollongong
Saturday 3rd November, Against The Grain Festival, Brisbane