A Chat With…Ainslie Wills

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It’s no secret that Ainslie Wills is one of my favourite local artists. Since her 2013 album You Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine I’ve eagerly been awaiting a new release, and my wishes were answered recently with her new EP Oh The Gold. She’s about to embark on an east coast tour, so it’s fitting we caught up for another chat.

Hi Ainslie, thanks for the chat! Hello Sabi! Hope things are well, good to chat with you again.

Unsurprisingly, you’ve been pretty busy since we last spoke in February. You’ve supported the likes of Tim Rogers & The Bamboos, completed a residency at The Gasometer and toured with #1 Dads. How does it feel to be performing regularly? When you add it all up like that it does seem like a lot of playing! To be honest though, I’d like to be doing more, there is nothing better than finding that groove that only comes with regular performing but at the same time, you want to make each show as good/special as it can be which means planning each show more strategically – the less is more approach.

You also performed at Splendour in the Grass with #1 Dads. How was that? That was definitely one of the highlights of the year, playing on a massive stage with a bunch of great people, playing to a crowd that really wants to be there and sings along to the lines you co-wrote 🙂 – it’s a little surreal, I feel really fortunate to have experienced that.

Much to our delight, you released your new EP in September. How’s the response been so far? You never know how your creations are going to be received, you can only hope for the best and thankfully the response has been really positive so far. My musical collaborator Lawrence and I decided at the 11th hour to release this EP independently instead of through a label and it’s been the most empowering and satisfying release experience to date because of that I think.

You and co-collaborator Lawrence Folvig are involved in a campaign called “End This Madness – Australians for Mental Health” and you’re offering a private concert. What can you tell us about the campaign? I was made aware of the campaign through a good friend of mine who I used to play music with. Mirra Seigermann is his name and he is an absolute legend! Mirra’s been working with Prof. Patrick McGorry on launching this campaign to bring mental health issues to the fore in the next Federal election. It’s such an important issue that is slowly starting to get the attention it deserves but there’s a lot more work to be done. The guys at Australians For Mental Health have launched a crowd funding campaign which you can donate to here.

What Melbourne releases (albums/EPs) have been on rotation for you this year? Slum Sociable – the EP isn’t out yet but their single ‘All Night’ has had many spins from me. Hannah Cameron – another album that’s yet to be released but the single This Thing is absolutely stunning!

What’s in store for the remainder of the year? We hear you’re playing NYE on The Hill? Well first and foremost I’ll be touring the EP Oh The Gold in October – Melbourne 23rd, Sydney 29th and Brisbane 31st. Then I’ll be playing Queenscliff Music Festival in November and yes, NYE on The Hill! Over December/Jan I”ll be doing some more writing and planning an overseas trip

Thanks for your time! Thanks Sabi, always a pleasure! x

Oh The Gold EP is available on Bandcamp now. Ainslie is touring throughout October.
Friday 23 October – Howler – Melbourne VIC
Thursday 29 October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney NSW
Saturday 31 October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane QLD

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