In honour of our 2023 courses, we have been highlighting the incredible local talent who also happen to be alumni of our VET and short courses! This month, we chatted with effie

“I adore the Adelaide music scene, there is a certain buzz at local shows that I find so special.”

effie studied the Certificate lll in Music (Performance) in 2017, as well as the Certificate IV in Music (Business) in 2018/19, positioning themselves best to launch into a solo career.

After having played alongside fellow musicians for Tiles and Katie Pomery, effie‘s time to venture out into their own project has finally come – an eagerly anticipated moment for local shoegaze and indie rock fans. effie released their debut single ‘Lip Balm’ in April, and celebrated with a dreamy single launch at the Grace Emily Hotel on 15 April 2023, alongside local acts Rose Clouseau and Pity Lips.

‘Lip Balm’ has already amassed over 5,000 streams on Spotify in just under a month, a glimmering insight into the starry-eyed artist’s future. We can expect to hear more of effie‘s unique bubblegrunge-y sound as they gear up for their next release, an exciting step for the emerging artist and their growing fanbase.

Samuel Graves Photography, 15 April 2023

What course did you study with MusicSA and what was the highlight of this experience?
I studied the Cert III in Music Performance and the Cert IV in Music Industry at MusicSA. The highlight would have to be being surrounded by people who love music in the same way for the first time, and hearing genuine insight from folks working in the industry. Also receiving guidance on how to get my foot in the door in Adelaide’s lovely music industry was very valuable, the key takeaway would truly have been to make friends and do it for the love of it. 

Since starting your career in the music industry, what has been your most proud achievement?
I released my debut single “Lip Balm” last month, it’s something I feel really proud of. I’ve seen many close friends go through the process of releasing music, I’d always be watching on with starry eyes, looking forward to when the time would come to release one of my songs. My friends in the local music scene offered me a lot of support and guidance throughout this process, and I’ve learned a lot from them, it’s been very fun and fulfilling.

What advice would you give to someone starting their journey in the music industry?
Go to local shows, tell people when you love their music, make genuine connections, celebrate your accomplishments, and lean into the things that make you, you. 

What do you love most about the Adelaide/South Australian music scene?
I adore the Adelaide music scene, there is a certain buzz at local shows that I find so special. There is a wild amount of talent in the local scene, and the sense of community and kindness is very strong.

Tell us about your latest project.
I’ve just started the process of working on my next release, it’s a new song that means a lot to me and I’m excited to see how it turns out! I’m also working on a contribution to a SALA exhibition that will be launching in August, all round lovely things. 


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