Breaking it down with ... Skye & Ross

Friday 27 January 2017

Skye & Ross’ music is an irresistible combination of downtempo soul, trip hop beats and mellow vocals – all those sonic flavours that first put Morcheeba on the map. We talk to the woman behind that famously silky smooth voice, Skye Edwards.

Describe your live show in one sentence:

A vibrant mix of Morcheeba classics such as ‘The Sea’, ‘Otherwise’, ‘Rome Wasn't Built In a Day’ with a few new songs from our current album woven in.

What is the greatest thing about being a musician?

Travel. It's a real privilege being able to sing and entertain people. My voice and music has taken me all over the world. Being a musician has also helped me get over my shyness. I was incredibly shy as a child and teenager. My first couple of months at college, I went and ate my lunch alone at the bus stop as I couldn't pluck up the courage to enter the dining hall. It eventually got too cold to eat outside. As a musician I've had to get up on stage and sing in front of thousands of people (I still get nervous by the way!). I had to come out of my shell to meet and greet fans and speak to strangers for interviews. Now I find myself speaking to strangers with ease at the bus stop!

Who is your favourite artist right now and why?

John Martyn. I first heard him over 20 years ago and have been hooked ever since. I love his voice – it's soft and whispery but then changes to being smoky and gravely with a slurred style, similar to Billie Holiday. He was an incredibly gifted guitarist playing acoustic finger picking and electric, almost tribal rock guitar. My favourite album of his is Solid Air. Released in 1973, the title track was a tribute song to his depressed friend Nick Drake who sadly died from an overdose a few months after the album was released. I had the pleasure to record 'Solid Air' for Johnny Boy Would Love This: A Tribute to John Martyn.

Something most people don’t know about you:

Most people think I'm younger than I am. I'm actually 44, born in 1972. Wikipedia also has my age wrong. I'm a mother of four and people are shocked when I say I have kids aged 21 and 18. My other two kids are aged 8 and 20 months. Did you know I studied fashion design, textiles, embroidery and pattern cutting in my 20's and that I make all of my stage clothes? Most people don't know my favourite colour is blue.

What can’t you live without when on the road and why?

I love to end my day with a relaxing bath. It's a great way to unwind. Taking a bath is not always possible when you're on the road, especially if we're traveling on a tour bus for three weeks. So when we get a day off, I always try to stay in a hotel that has a bath. It doesn't have to be the most super swanky hotel in the coolest part of town, I really don't mind as long as it has a tub. Plus, I travel with my baby. It's so much easier to bathe her in a tub than in a shower.

What is the best thing you have heard about Australia or Perth?

I've heard that Perth has beautiful beaches. I wasn't a big fan of swimming as a child. I didn't like the cold floors of the swimming baths and the chlorine wrecked my hair and skin. I do like swimming in the sea though. We have friends in Perth and have plenty of time to check out your beaches whilst we're there.

Program Associate: Contemporary Music

Written By Clara Iaccarino

Festival programmer, artist manager, wordsmith, wild child and more – our Contemporary Music programmer Clara Iaccarino wears a lot of hats while travelling far and wide chasing the world’s most tantalising sounds. All so she can program your summer nights at Chevron Festival Gardens.