Abbey Gardner on appreciating the good moments

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NAME

Abbey Gardner

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I'm a singer-songwriter, who accompanies myself on guitar and keys.

FAVOURITE BAND?

Glass Animals

FAVOURITE SONG?

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Come On Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners

FAVOURITE FEMALE ARTIST AND WHY?

Vera Blue - Her songs are not only insanely catchy, but also the creativity behind the songwriting and production is something I inspire for! She's an iconic Australian female artist in the electronic-indie-pop music scene.

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO NEXT?

I would love to start playing in proper festival line ups. I think festivals are a perfect opportunity to reach the right fan base. They have amazing atmospheres, surrounded by people who genuinely love music. As I'm really trying as a young artist to get my name out there, I'm really looking forward to reaching out to more festivals to share my music with new crowds.

DESCRIBE YOUR WORK ETHIC.

I see myself as a hard worker. I'm managing myself at this point, which means I need to put in the effort if I want an outcome. To support myself financially I've been playing gigs most Friday/Saturday nights, and as a 19-year-old I have to sacrifice a lot of my social life for my work. But when you're rewarded for the hours put in, it makes it all worth it.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR ADVICE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF?

I would tell my younger self to really take in the great moments and achievements. I've had a lot of great musical experiences in my career I wish I could relive. A lot of the time I think we get caught up thinking of the missed opportunities, or the mistakes made. I think it's so important to appreciate when something great has happened; even if they're small accomplishments such as my first recording experience, or playing to a sold out crowd for the first time.

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

You get a lot of rejection in this industry. As a young female artist trying to establish herself with her music, it's hard to be taken seriously. You receive a lot of skepticism from professionals doubting whether you know what you're doing or what direction you want to go in. My favourite way to bounce back after that sort of criticism is to channel it into music. My recently released song 'War Child' is my favourite example of a song I've created that was inspired by bad industry experience. After feeling demeaned as a young female musician I threw my emotions into an anthem and was able to create something positive out of it all.

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

I was very ambitious. I would constantly daydream about my future in music - which I guess in the end made it easier to pursue this career since it's something I've always wanted. Although I'm still ambitious, I've definitely become more of a realist. I still aspire to establish myself in music, but at the same time understand how much hard work and dedication has to go into it all. It's definitely one hard career path to choose.

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