Perth based Indie Pop songstress Bernardine has had a fantastic year so far, releasing her new singles Horizon and 22.
Bernardine creates and alluring brand of Indie Pop. Her atmospheric vocals cascade over a sea of shimmering guitars and synths, set in motion by downtempo sunset rhythms. She debuted in 2015 with the release of her self-titled album. The album received positive coverage from Tone Deaf, Happy Mag and ABC Radio National, whilst securing airplay on over 50 radio stations nationwide.
We recently caught up with Bernardine to chat about her latest single and much more!
When did you start writing music?
I started in high school and began to take it more seriously around my late teens. I practiced by busking on the streets of Perth city and Fremantle and also at open mic nights in Perth. So far the sound has evolved from indie-folk to indie-pop giving me a chance to reinvent myself, challenge myself and show more of my personal taste in music.
What motivates your song writing?
I am motivated by melodies mostly. I will get an idea for a hook and sing it into my phone, then revisit it later and add chords to it and develop the lyrics more. All of my songs are about my life experiences but I like to edit them so they are relatable.
What is the inspiration behind your new single Horizon?
I wanted to write a song that talked about self care, which is something I had been working on and have had a breakthrough in, but it is disguised as a love song. I like that it has a double meaning and can be devoted to yourself or to someone you love.
Tell us 5 words that best describe you as an artist?
Minimalist, perfectionist, authentic, dedicated, evolving
What is the first album you ever bought?
When I was a kid I had pop albums bought or given to me, but as a teen with my first paycheck from a coffee shop I worked at, I bought Wolfmother’s debut album. I was really into indie rock at the time and I could not get over White Unicorn. I learned to play the songs and it was a really formative album in developing my guitar playing.
What is your favourite hobby outside of music?
I am a music educator so I’m in the classroom most of the time. I love my job so I would say teaching and creating awesome lessons is my favourite hobby, even though it’s my job. Also I create content for my YouTube channel which are short videos teaching music tips and tricks.
Whereas been the highlight of your career so far?
There’s been many amazing times, like being able to support big acts and being able to tour overseas. But so far 2021 has been the highlight of my career. I have been able to present my new sound and release 2 singles. It has been awesome and I am energized to keep going with the new sound.
What is your strangest experience as a musician?
A few times on tour my band have had to share one room and even share a bed. It’s always unexpected and hilarious working around it.
What is some advice you would give to young musicians starting out?
Be persistent, be consistent, network, get advice, don’t compete with or compare yourself to other artists, just make art and do it with passion, and learn do as much of it as you can yourself.
What is the plan for the rest of 2021?
I am writing this in mandatory quarantine, I’ve just moved back to Australia from the US so I am going to get reacquainted with the amazing country that is Australia as I have not been here for the last 3 years. I am also releasing a new single in August, look out for ‘Tiptoe’ coming your way August 27!