“An eclectic combination of digital sounds and acoustic recordings. A rich world of synth lines and live instruments including voice, harp, violin and guitar that sits above a percussive foundation built from field recordings of tortilla chips crunching, the turning of book pages and spoken conversation…”
That’s just a small taste of what Hobart-based musician Lucy Slevin (under the moniker Camilla Jones) and Dublin-based producer Sinéad Birmingham (Animal Party) have been working on for the last year – fusing their different styles and inspirations to create a unique and eclectic sound.
To celebrate the release of their new collaborative EP ‘Phantom’ on June 14th and to get an insight into how the EP was made we sat down with Lucy and talked about her experience after AIM and what it’s like collaborating with someone on the other side of the world.
Lucy Slevin (Camilla Jones)
What are the key inspirations and themes behind the EP?
It was never a conscious conversation about intention, the music was spontaneous and intuitive; inspired by our varied interests and tastes, from being in Berlin at the time we were there, and being under a time constraint to make as much music as we could. A lot of my lyrics were improvisational and inspired by the music Sinead was creating, and vice versa. At the time of writing I was working through some big life decisions, so in terms of themes the lyrics came out almost as advice to myself. To slow down, look inward, listen to my intuition and give myself some space and time. A lot of inspiration from Tarot cards too.
How did your time at AIM help prepare you for collaborating on this EP?
Studying at AIM was like putting together a musical toolbox; learning the foundations of composition, getting deeper into music theory, the technicality of production, historical movements and trends - it was a really intense time of absorbing information and taking in as much as possible. Reflecting on my experiences since graduation, it was necessary to have some time for that information to sink in, and for me to experiment outside of the educational structure. A lot of what I learnt is only becoming relevant to me now, and I'm so grateful for the privilege of having accessed the educational resources and experiences I did.
Sinéad Birmingham (Animal Party)
What was the most difficult part of the whole process?
The music was the easiest, most natural and intuitive part. The difficult part has been building a promotional campaign involving people in three different time zones. Sinead was in Berlin and then Dublin, I am in Hobart and our contact at Surrounding Label was in Peru. So, any time we needed information, or had a lead or an idea, we’d have to wait for the other people to be in the right time zone to have a conversation about it. Though it’s also meant I’ve really had to trust myself and push through insecurities of my own to just get the work done - This is the first time I’ve released something and followed the steps of marketing and promotion, so I’m grateful, and I've learnt so much!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Collaborating with Sinead has been a really eye-opening experience and I want to produce music in the fluid way she does, so I’m considering a masters in music technology. In five year’s time I want to be producing and performing original music as a touring musician, having a European passport means I have easier access to travel opportunities and I’d love to independently organise my own tours and collaborate with more artists in all kinds of cultures and genres. I’ve been lucky in my travels to meet a lot of interesting and incredibly talented people, so I just want opportunities to see them all again and make more music!
Want to find out more about the Bachelor of Music – Composition & Music Production course Lucy completed? Check it out here.