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Interview: Machine on a Break Chats About Her Latest Single, ‘Honestly’

Meanjin/Brisbane-based alternative-metal artist Machine on a Break has just unveiled her mesmerising new single ‘Honestly‘ – produced and engineered by Jacob Wilkes. We caught up with Machine on a Break to find out more about the new jam. 

Congratulations on your latest single ‘Honestly’! How does it feel to have the single out? 

I’m absolutely stoked to have this one out in the world. I feel like I’m really getting the sound I’m looking for and this was such a fun song to write. I can’t wait to hear the stories other people share with me about times they’ve felt blindsided by opinions the people they’re close to have expressed.

What do you think has developed in your sound between ‘Honestly’ and your previous EP ‘Afraid of the Dark’?

I think ‘Honestly’ has more of a slick and mysterious feel to it which I’m living for. I’ve been working hard with my producers, and I’ve taken singing lessons too which I think have definitely paid off. Honestly is my most grown up sound to date I feel. ‘Afraid of the Dark’ was about me exploring different sounds and seeing what worked for me and I’m now moving into an era where I know what I like and what I want.

How did you first get into music?

My family heirloom piano arrived from Canada when I was about 3 years old and ever since I’ve been annoying my parents with noises I made up. I started with classical piano lessons when I was 7 years old and “released” my first CD of compositions when I was 8 which was an adorable little home job by my dad of burned CDs sent out to friends and family. So, I’ve been writing music for as long as I can remember. Probably longer than I can remember!

You previously lived in Sydney, NSW, and currently are residing in Toowoomba, QLD. How do you think the live music scene differs between the two locations?

There’s a lot less going on up here largely due to the much smaller population as you’d imagine. It has been challenging getting restarted on live shows up here but I’m keen to make a mark! It’s much easier to find a gig to wander into in Sydney, that’s for sure, but Toowoomba has its own venues that are champions for live music. There’s also a lot more country music happening up here than in Sydney for sure.

What are your plans for the rest of the year? 

Ideally, I’d like to get out a bunch of new music! I’m really excited with how it’s sounding now and I’m sitting on a few tracks that are just about ready to go, cannot wait to share these with the world! I’m also keen to get back on stage and play more shows with the band, that’s a big goal of mine for the second half of the year. Watch this space!


Written by John Zebra