Answered by: Helen Shanahan

Where do you hail from? Perth, WA

Give us your wicked-cool backstory: I started writing songs when I was in high school, although I only ever played them in the comfort of my bedroom (and the lyrics were probably about Daniel Radcliffe). After high school I studied a Bachelor of Arts, but I struggled to get the courage to follow music until I had finished my degree. I then decided to try out my first open mic night and never looked back. From that moment on I studied at WAAPA (West Australian Academy of Performing Arts), and then went on to win the national competition: Telstra Road To Discovery. The Telstra competition opened up so many doors for me, I was able to travel to Nashville to record, and am now signed to Mushroom Music Publishing.

If your sound had to be described as a meal, what would it be? A delightful chocolate chip cookie! Can that be a meal?

Tell us about your new single, Camouflaged – what’s your creative process like? My new single Camouflaged was recorded in Nashville with producer Brad Jones (Missy Higgins, Bob Evans). The song is about my fear of putting myself out there, but at the same time wanting to break free of anxiety and not hide in the shadows. My creative process usually starts with me writing in my journal, I have kept one since before high school! It really helps get my thoughts onto the page and guides me to what I should write about. When I have my subject matter, that’s when I pick up the guitar and play around with melody ideas.

The most interesting thing about you is…: I once made the paper for being the first in line for the last ever Harry Potter book… I got on the news and they made me ‘disappear’ on screen with their camera magic. It was one of the best days of my life, to be honest.

And the most boring fact…: I love tea… it’s very hardcore.

What was inspiring you during the making of this single? I’m not sure if I was inspired as such, but I was feeling like it was a great therapeutic release writing this single. I was feeling a lot of stress, and the song helped me express how I was feeling.