Vena Klymo on pushing past doubt

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NAME

Vena Klymo

WHAT DO YOU DO?

Singer/Songwriter

FAVOURITE BAND?

Fleet Foxes

FAVOURITE SONG?

Your Protector - Fleet Foxes

FAVOURITE FEMALE ARTIST AND WHY?

Joni Mitchell, I admire her songwriting. 

IS THIS WHAT YOU ALWAYS DREAMED OF?

It has never really occurred to me to do anything else. I grew up watching my dad play music and always wanted to be like him. Our house always had CDs playing and guitars all over the place. As soon as I learned to play a few chords and found my passion in writing songs it's become something I'll always do.

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO NEXT?

I've been working on my debut album for over a year now. The goal once it's finished is to book as many gigs as possible and hopefully take it all around Australia. We just bought a little coaster bus, so the plan is to live on the road and play music wherever and to whoever will listen.

WHAT MAKES YOU WANT TO GIVE UP? HOW DO YOU BOUNCE BACK?

Money is always a hard one as an independent artist. Working and saving to make albums as opposed to a lot of my friends who are working towards house deposits and new cars. Sometimes I get in a rut thinking about it. But then I'll pack up the van and play a few gigs down the coast, meet some new people and see some new places and it's a really fun time. It's a really fulfilling thing to share music with others and be a part of something bigger than myself. It makes me want to keep moving and writing and growing.

WHAT WOMEN DO YOU LOOK UP TO?

Ever since I discovered Tracey Emin's art she has always been a muse of mine. She has this unapologetic, raw and unfiltered approach to how she creates that has kept me in a permanent state of infatuation.

WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AS A TEENAGER? WHAT MAJOR THINGS DID YOU COME TO REALISE AS YOU GREW UP?

I think maybe I was more extroverted when I was younger and I always craved to be around people and a part of whatever was going on. I didn't really like school and when I dropped out I had just moved into this little flat by myself. I had no internet or television, and I spent the first month in there with the curtains drawn just writing and playing to myself. It was the first time I'd ever experienced solitude like that and it gave me the freedom to think and create without any outside influence. It also gave me the time to re-asses my beliefs and whether they were actually mine. Since then I think i've become a little more introverted and conscious of my gut feeling, if I'm doing and saying things because I actually want to or because other people want me to.

Vena Klymo is playing the Electric Lady stage at Mountain Sounds Festival, grab your tickets here and like them on Facebook and follow them on Instagram here