Interview: Neeko

We love your song “How Deep?”. What is the story behind the song and how did you create/write it? Also, what inspired the song title?
It’s kind of of funny story how this song came to be. So the first single I released called “Deep Sea Diver” was a song that expressed my anger and sadness about a heart break I had experienced with an ex-partner. Before releasing it into the world I called him up to show him the song before I released it because I thought it unfair for the world to hear it before him. This was a difficult phone call, but it turned out to be the catalyst for us to have a very real conversation that ended up offering us both a lot of healing. I left the phone call feeling full of love and “How Deep?” came pouring out. “How Deep?” is the remedy to “Deep Sea Diver”.

If you had to describe your sound, how would you do so? Furthermore, what artists (or other sources) do you cite as influences?
I find it so tricky to describe my sound! I guess some words I would use to describe my music would be warm, organic, raw, lush, tender, real. I would say my biggest influences are those who are closest to me. My dear friend Danika Smith is an incredible song writer who inspires me so much. Another close friend Harmony Byrne is a powerhouse of a singer and songwriter too. I feel very lucky to be surrounded by such incredible artists. Another influence would definitely be Moses Sumney. I’m always amazed by his backing vocal arrangements.

What have been career highlights so far? And what is on your bucket list that you’d want to achieve?
To be honest I think one of the highlights was the first show I played after over a year of not playing due to covid. I was the support act for my dear friend/housemate’s band and it was a sold out show. We had just come out of a lockdown and it was the first time I was going to be sharing these fresh songs with people in this way. It was so amazing to look out into the crowd and see so many familiar faces and strangers too come together to share in the moment. In terms of a bucket list, I would honestly just love to play at a festival again! I look forward to that when the time comes.

If you could be the main support for any living artist, who would that be for and why? Alternatively, what would be your dream live booking?
I mean if Joni Mitchell ever put on another show that would be my life complete right there.

What artists have you been listening to? Additionally, who should others be listening to?
I have been listening to an array of music lately. Mostly Australian artists such as Maple Glider, Hiatus Kaiyote and Alex Albrecht. Also an incredible artist from the states called Grouper. If you don’t know any of these artists definitely go check them out!

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