Brisbane folk-pop act Hallie is ecstatic to reveal her new single Nice Like Rice – a melodic, tongue-in-cheek number about the inevitable demise of a friendship gone stale. The track comes ahead of Hallie’s debut EP Wink Wink Nudge Nudge, due for release on September 27. Not one to shy away from emotion, Hallie wears her heart on her sleeve in Nice Like Rice, combining thoughtful yet playful lyrics, and emotive, soulful vocals with a deeply personal experience. Hallie answers a few questions about the single and what lies ahead for Hi Fi Way.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of the single Nice Like Rice?
The response to Nice Like Rice has overwhelming and so surreal. Everything I could have wanted the song to achieve has happened and I’m so glad because this song is super important and powerful for me.
What is the story behind Nice Like Rice?
Nice Like Rice is about a friendship that I felt was slowly slipping away from me. It was written at a point where I felt I had done all I could to salvage it and I knew I had to move on. It’s a reminder that if you’re in this position do what you need, not what is easy!
Was the process of making your single as challenging as you thought?
The writing process for NLR is actually a bit of a blur now. I remember feeling really upset the day I wrote it, and thinking I need to do something to get out of this mindset, and then picking up my guitar but I remember nothing after that! It was a song that just came so naturally and lyrically, it was hardly edited. When I took it to the band, we all seemed to be on the same wavelength as well! Even when producing, everything seemed to fall into place and no real hurdles showed themselves. I think this is part of the reason it made so much sense for it to be the single!
Sonically, how would describe your music?
This is a difficult one for me because I’m so overly aware of myself sometimes that I can’t take a step back and see my music for what it really is. I think I fall somewhere in the pop-rock and folk genres, but occasionally you’ll hear a little jazz lick or a bit of country twang. I think my sound is often dependant on my lyrics as well, so differs depending on what I’m talking about or the songs mood.
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
Lyrics are so important to me when writing- they have to mean something and are a massive indicator of the direction of the song. I grew up listening to Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Carol King, who all definitely had a part in my sound, but my largest influence now is probably Stella Donnelly. She is just so honest that you feel like you’ve known her for years after one half set and I admire how open and fearless she is. She also writes about political matters that I feel people try to ignore sometimes & I love that she uses her platform to benefit the world. I hope to do that someday.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
I honestly have the worst memory! (Haha) I feel like I take things on subconsciously but yeah I can never remember the exact advice! I saw something lately, I can’t remember where (typical), but I thought it was important for me at this stage in my career. It was ‘It’s your talent that will get you through the door, it’s your character that will keep you there’. So important! Be kind and humble always.
Is it a challenge pulling together an EP that best represents you now?
Yes, it definitely was for me, because when I was recording the EP I felt I was changing musically and just as a person in general, so I was kind of like do I like that part anymore? Is that really Hallie’s vibe? I think it’s also normal to second guess everything you do when it comes to releasing music. Now, I’m happy with how it’s representing me, and I think it’s a good mix of who I was and who I’m becoming.
Has music always been a passion for you?
Always! I only recall one period of my life where I considered doing anything else and that was journalism in grade eleven, when I realised the music industry was a bit scary sometimes. That lasted three months, then I was back. I have done it my whole life, my first public performance was in grade two (naww). I love it, and I feel so lucky that I always knew my passion.
Are you looking to tour more broadly?
Yes, definitely in the future! Baby steps for now, but it’s in the 5 year plan.
What’s next for Hallie?
Well, the EP comes out Late September and then I have my first ever national tour in October! After that, the plan is to keep performing and writing and growing and learning and living!
Interview By Rob Lyon