DID YOU GROW UP IN CASEY?
I grew up in Tooradin, and I’ve lived here for 16 years. It’s such a beautiful town that I feel has inspired me in my songwriting. Often I’ll go down to the river, or the pier and play my guitar.
WHAT’S BEEN YOUR HIGHLIGHT PERFORMANCE THIS YEAR?
My most favourite performance this year would have to be going on tour around Australia with Jen Cloher.
We’re halfway through our tour at the moment but it’s been so unimaginably fun, it’s a dream come true
and I feel so lucky and proud to be representing rangatahi māori, our young people, in this way. My favourite performance
as myself though would be Good Juju Fest where I performed a whole set of my own music with my former drum teacher
Rayan Aridi. That was a huge moment of growth for me as it was a journey to play my own music without feeling
bad or embarrassed.I feel so proud of that performance!
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE ANY YOUNG MUSICIANS IN CASEY WANTING TO FOLLOW A CAREER IN MUSIC?
The music industry is a hard one to navigate, so form connections! When you go to gigs and shows, engage with the other
artists, talk to the organisers, and hang around after to hear the crowds feedback! That’s where I usually get future
gigs and opportunities! Also apply for grants! The more grants you apply for, the more you will get!
Start small and work your way up, you don’t need to do everything on your own, there are communities
out there made to support small artists and new music! Most importantly though, stay true to who you are,
your sound, and your character. People love you for you!
CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT PERFORMING AT NESIAN FEST LAST YEAR?
It was so great to be amongst my people. We hardly ever get opportunities to
showcase who we are to our pacific cousins, but Nesian Fest brought us
together for such a fun, vibrant night! It’s also so important to see who in
the Polynesian community in Casey is making music and how they’re expressing their
stories! I’m māori, born and raised in Naarm, so I didn’t grow up speaking my language
or learning anything about my culture. It was only when I was 14 that I chose to learn,
and this is the same story for so many Māori and Pasifika in Australia.
Nesian Fest is such a great event which allowed for us to connect, share and inspire!
You can catch Breanne performing in the Winter Arts Festival at:
NESIAN FEST 2.0
Friday 28 July,
6.00 pm – 10.00 pm
Studio, Bunjil Place
Bookings: bunjil place.com.au
BOTANIC BY NIGHT
Friday 23 June – Saturday 1 July
Hourly shows 5.00 pm – 8.30 pm
Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick
Cost: Family pass (2 adult, 2 under 16)