Push Start Competition finalists Watercolour have a chat ahead of their performance at the Grand Final on The Push Stage at St Kilda Festival this year!

What’s the name of your band, who’s in it and where are you all from?

Watercolour is a young, eight piece alternative rock band originating from the Northern suburbs of Melbourne. It is made up of:

Ellie Bricknell – Vocals

Noah Churches – Guitar/mandolin

Lachlan Phipps – Keyboard/Saxophone

Gill Carter – Bass

Tom Hueston – Drums

Finn Marshall – Violin

Zoe Rumble – Flute

Steve Burgess – Trumpet

Briefly tell us the story behind your band and how long you’ve been making music and writing songs?

The band was formed by guitarist, Noah Churches and pianist, Lachlan Phipps in 2014 after meeting when they were homeschooled. The pair soon recruited many friends and the band quickly became heavily involved in their local community of young artists. First focusing on creating interesting and textual covers and later building up a catalogue of original tunes.

What are your band’s musical influences? Have they evolved from when the band first started out?

At the band’s beginning, Led Zeppelin were the largest influence along with Cake and Fleetwood Mac. While each individual member has their own personal inspirations, currently the group take inspiration from the likes of Snarky Puppy, Hiatus Kaiyote and Cactus Channel.

Which Regional Final did you win, and how was the FReeZA Push Start competition experience for you all?

We won the Northern Metro Round. It was an incredible experience to meet another hard working FReeZA group and especially awesome to meet the amazing array of talent that we were somehow selected to perform with! (Unlucky-check em out). We made some really great friends that night, out of audience members and other bands, which is just a testament to the vibes of the gig. Now, we have an exciting opportunity ahead of us to perform at St Kilda Fest!

You’ll now be battling it out with eight other bands at the Grand Final at The Push Stage at St Kidla Festival 2017 for a pretty sweet prize pack. Which prize excites you most and why?

Going to give a bit of a Miss Universe answer because we haven’t been told of any of the prizes but just the recognition and opportunity to be involved in community arts projects. It’s so amazing that we have such fantastic youth services in Victoria!

What were your favourite songs or albums for 2016? What music are you most looking forward to next year?

We’re looking forward to the FIVE King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard albums coming out this year and eagerly awaiting some new Jaala, Sampa The Great and possibly Tame Impala. 2016 brought us the goods of ‘Awaken, My Love’ by Childish Gambino, ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ by Radiohead, and ‘Telluric’ by Matt Corby.

Where have you performed? What are your favourite shows to play at?

We’ve performed at many local festivals and FReeZA gigs. Our favourite shows to play have been FReeZA gigs because the crowds are full of friendly faces and we know a lot of work goes into making them so enjoyable for everyone involved.

If you had unlimited amounts of money, what would be your dream gig or tour?

The dream has always been to throw a little festival with all our favourite local acts and best mates such as Hannah Kate, Dougal and the Sunken Sea, Invert Beauty and Acid Ants. This would include copious amounts of solar powered fairy lights.

What’s the plan for your band in 2017, what will you be doing or working on?

We are currently working on an EP to be released mid march this year and hope to play more shows, win more hearts and write more songs.