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A Dirty Dozen with TASHA D from SMOKING MARTHA – January 2022 (BMA)

| 20 January 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Born of sultry songstress Tasha D and guitarist Mick Broome’s combined love of raw rock n roll and passionate music, Smoking Martha unites with the help of like minded musos, Matty on Bass and Jordy on drums, one by one complementing their driving energetic rock style. Smoking Martha was a finalist for the 5th Annual Banger Music Awards in the following category: BEST ALTERNATIVE ROCK SONG.” We get Tasha D to discuss new music, influences, and more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Our brand new release Universe is our 2nd album, we wrote it off the back of a UK tour after being super inspired by tour life. Musipediaofmetal summed us up quite nicely by saying “An exciting style of music that cherry-picks from various styles of rock but injects melody and hooks into every single one.” Breaking all the rules and just going with whatever felt right, songs like intermission, neon lights and Universe are our hidden gems, highlighting the more intimate side of songwriting.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician? Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

My parents have always been big rock listeners so from an early age I was inspired by mostly rock and blues, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Inxs. My love for powerful female rock singers and for festivals grew very fast from the age of 13,  from my 1st Big Day Out festival I realized that’s what I wanted to do, be on the big stage!! I found so much inspiration in bands Like No Doubt, Veruca Salt, The Divinyls, basically any unique female vocalist. It did take me a little while after, however bad anxiety forced me to finally surrender to my dreams and Smoking Martha was created!!

3. What was your reaction to being included in the Banger Music Awards process? Did you ever think what you were doing would be elevated to “award” status?

We are so pumped to have been nominated for such a legendary award for such a rad radio station. We are extremely proud!!

4. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

Groove-heavy rockin’ ‘sing-alongs full of crunchy riffs and huge choruses. It seems to be an obvious cop out whenever a journalist compares our sound to other female fronted rock bands such as Paramore or Evanescence just because they are the only female fronted bands they know of!!!

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Dream collab would be with Mark Ronson as a producer for a twist or Fleetwood Mac cause they are the actual best!!

6. How important to you is the local music scene and acceptance by not only the fans but also your peers?

It’s so important to be supportive of everyone in your local scene as it’s the only way it thrives!! Obviously you want everyone to love and enjoy the music you create, however nobody can please everybody so it’s important to stay true to yourself and to your music.

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Jordy cooks, I bring in the drinks, and Matty and Mick pull out the acoustics!!

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

Before she passed away I was lucky enough to meet my absolute idol Aussie rock frontwoman Chrissie Amphlett from The Divinyls. After the show we hung out backstage with Mark Mcentee Guitarist from The Divinyls and basically froze when she walked into the room ha ha sooooo starstruck.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

The best part for me is to be able to express myself through music, I love performing and sharing while being able to release my emotions and feelings at the same time, I also work in fashion and would continue in this field but balance in life is extremely important and therefore I would never give up creating and writing.

10. What is one question you would like an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

What inspires me? Other amazing musicians, writers and performers, also other people’s lives and their stories. I like to avoid Covid conversations at all times. Therefore please don’t ask me “how has Covid affected you” ha ha.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

That we started writing earlier, I was a bit of a late start and unfortunately you can’t turn back the clock.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Fleetwood Mac Rumours – to be amongst the creative energies of one of the most successful albums in history.

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