MANE on changing lanes and sticking to your sound

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NAME

MANE  (Paige)

WHAT DO YOU DO?

Musician/Singer/Songwriter/Performer

FAVOURITE BAND?

Gang Of Youths and Middle Kids are what I'm constantly slamming in my music library at the moment but it's always changing. I love too many!

FAVOURITE SONG?

Ridiculously Calypso by Spiderbait, it reminds me of my childhood.

 

FAVOURITE FEMALE ARTIST AND WHY?

This is a tough one, there are so many great ladies to choose from, at the moment I want to say St Vincent, I LOVED her MASSEDUCTION album.

DO YOU HAVE RITUALS? WOULD YOU SHARE ONE WITH US?

I will usually eat pasta before any show, I love it so much, almost too much.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR ADVICE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF? OR THE BEST ADVICE YOU'VE BEEN GIVEN?

The best advice I've been given as an artist is to never have certain expectations with what you're creating, I think when you start to create with certain outcomes in mind it's so easy to get disheartened, particularly in the creative industry. It's easy to begin creating things based on what you think people want to hear rather than what you actually want to create. It's super important to just stick to your thing and believe in it i reckon!

WHAT MAKES A WOMAN ELECTRIC?

I think women who build each other up and who persevere in the face of all kinds of challenges, women who make noise, women who are passionate, women who create and women who do their thing on their own terms. I'm so fortunate to know so many electric ladies and can only continue to strive to be more like them!

 

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

I tend to overthink and over analyse a lot of what i face within the industry and it can be very debilitating at times, it's like a worm hole of self doubt. Aside from a phone call with mum, I find talking to other fellow creatives helps me in those moments. They know exactly how your feeling and sometimes it's just comforting to confide in those who understand what is running through your mind. You just got to ride it out and let those moods wash over you.

WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AS A KID? HAS ANYTHING CHANGED?

I was a swimmer growing up, I did it from when I was 5 to almost 17. I was so sure I wanted to go the Olympics and I was so focused and dedicated to it but eventually just decided it wasn't really what I wanted to be doing anymore. Power to anyone who reaches that elite level, it takes up all of your time and the training schedules are insane! So I guess in that sense going from a swimming career to a musician is a pretty drastic change but I think the discipline from the sport has kept me really driven and passionate about anything I do.

Mane's new single Chasing Butterflies is out now. Like her on Facebook and follow on Instagram. Listen on Spotify and Apple Music