Since bursting onto the scene with her debut track, Try in 2017, Brisbane artist Hariette Pilbeam, or Hatchie as we know her, has been an instant success.

The release of her new EP, Sugar & Spice has been equally well-met. Featuring the trademark Hatchie-pop and a subtle nod to Sixpence None the Richer’s Kiss Me, Sugar & Spice is full of giddy love songs and catchy lyrics.

We caught up with Pilbeam for an insight into the world of Hatchie…

2018 has a big year for you so far, how are you feeling?
I’m feeling exhausted but great! It’s so cool thinking about everything I’ve done and all the new places I’ve been able to visit because of my music.

Talk me through Sleep; where did the inspo come from?
I was having trouble with communicating with someone and feeling like they weren’t telling me what they really wanted to. I started thinking about the idea of being so desperate for someone to open up to you that you’d be ok with them communicating with you in any way possible, even if it was as indirect as through a dream.


Do you have a favourite track off the album?
I always come back to Sugar & Spice because it feels really happy to me.

What’s been your biggest ‘pinch me’ moment to date?
Probably having Robin Guthrie mix Sure, or some of my favourite artists contacting me online or posting about me.

What’s your earliest memory of music?
Singing at home with my mum & sisters.

Who did you listen to growing up? Who inspires you, musically?
Growing up my family played a lot of Carole King, Todd Rundgren, Beach Boys and Kylie Minogue. I went through so many different phases during my teen years you’d probably run out of space to print all the artists I was into… I’m inspired by New Order, Kate Bush, Yuck, Kylie, Cocteau Twins and so many more.

You’re supporting DMA’s on their upcoming tour, that must be a big honour? How did that come about?
So big! It came about like any other tour offer, but we have known them for a while so it’s really exciting.


Most memorable live set you’ve seen?
The Cure at Splendour in the Grass a few years ago. It was 3 hours but still felt too short.

Most memorable set you’ve played?
Our recent show at The Social in London is probably my favourite show we’ve played. I had a throat infection and was really upset about not being able to sing well in the lead-up, but it went off without a hitch. The room packed out early and the crowd was singing and moving along more than any previous gig. It was really special.


What’s the hardest part about going on tour? And the best?
Jet lag and trying not to spend all your money on clothes and food…

The best part is probably the food! Also meeting people your music has connected with halfway across the globe is pretty gratifying.

Feature image by Lisa Businovski

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