Rin McArdle: The calibre of music coming from Adelaide is insane right now
Adelaide born singer/songwriter Rin McArdle once performed in front of Powderfinger's lead guitarist Ian Haug, who said he was "immediately impressed with her authenticity, talent and honesty as a performer." Others offer similar enthusiasm off the back of Rin's performances. "A truly exciting emerging singer/songwriter," said the AU Review. "Soul-inspired, great voice," The Brag. "Powerful. Impressive," AAA Backstage.
Rin has recently toured with rising sensations Montaigne and Vera Blue, and has also performed alongside Josh Pyke and Emma Louise. Her debut EP is called Lefty Lou & The Hamley Street Blues. The single Sirens is going gangbusters on streaming services like Spotify and Soundcloud. But more than that, it is a gripping, soulful album. The second track Burning Bridges is particularly moving. Lefty Lou & The Hamley Street Blues is the end product of Rin's triumph of overcoming addiction, as she found solace in her songwriting.
Rin is up for an award for Best Female Artist at the South Australia Music Awards which will be held in November, and she took the time to tell Music Love about her story so far, the music scene in Adelaide, and her new EP.
What does music mean to you?
Music to me personally means expression and purpose.
Describe your sound
It's sort of a blend between alt soul and electro folk, sometimes with some RnB in there.
What instruments do you play and do you love?
I play piano, drums and guitar. I love playing all of them but I get really pumped when there's a drum kit around because I don't get to play them often. I always thought I would be a drummer in a band when I was younger.
Who are your favourite Australian women in music?
There are so many who are killing it! I really love Bec Sandridge, Jenny McK, Bec Stevens, Alex Lahey, Camp Cope, there's an all lady band from Adelaide called 'She's the Band' and they are literally one of the coolest bands ever. I recently just played with Vera blue and Montaigne and they both ruled, Rachel Maria Cox is doing some pretty cool things and putting on some excellent shows, Sianne Van Abkoude from Adelaide does great videos through Extended Family and Courtney Duka also from Adelaide kills it at YEWTH magazine. Beth Deady from MGM and all the ladies working at Music SA do a stellar job, the list goes on.
Describe your songwriting/studio/stage process.
Songwriting is cathartic for me so that means there's usually some degree of melancholy in my music, I don't really have a set process with writing, inspiration comes and goes with different experiences. When I'm in the studio I like to wing it, I like going in just with the bones of a song and not really knowing what I'll come out with.
What is coming up next in your music life?
I'm demoing at the moment for my next release and then I'll be touring Australia for most of December.
What was the last musical thing you did?
I was playing my guitar 5 minutes ago!
South Australia music awards nom! Good times! Any thoughts/feelings?
Yeah very good times! I was so happy when I found out, the other nominees are legends and I'm just stoked to get to be a part of it. I'm setting my sights and focussing hard on the after party.
The music scene in Adelaide is…..
Mind blowing. I truly think that too many artists and bands from Adelaide are super underrated and too often overlooked. I feel like sometimes musicians here have this deeply engrained self doubt inside of them because a part of growing up here means growing up having to constantly listen to people from other cities joke about us, and that creates this subconscious fear of going and performing in other cities. If anything, I think that those Adelaide stigmas have given the music scene here a unique edge, we have something to prove before we even get out into the industry and the calibre of music coming out of here right now is insane.
What was life like growing up for you?
I had an interesting life growing up in Adelaide, not super conventional but I know that if it had been then I probably wouldn't have become so immersed in music the way that I have, so I wouldn't change anything.
What do you love about South Australia?
I love so many things. I love that because Adelaide is a bit of a smaller city, all of the legends just kind of all know each other and hang out together instead of falling into really specific, separate cliques. I feel like people here have the opportunity to be exposed to and hang out with types of people that they might not necessarily be able to if they were living in a different city.
What is your favourite place in Australia?
Adelaide will always be home and number one, I love Melbourne a lot as well though and I really admire it for being a city where being an artist in any capacity is such a thing to be so celebrated.
What is your favourite Australian café/restaurant?
That's easy! Cafe Troppo in Adelaide.
Who is your favourite Australian artist, designer, film maker or actor?
I've always been weirdly obsessed with Cate Blanchett, she's always so poised and effortlessly powerful. I love her, I hope she reads this.
Favourite non-music thing to do...
In Adelaide I have a group of friends that do a quiz that's in the paper every Sunday. When I'm home and the days get a bit blurry I like having that to look forward to.
Rin's debut EP Lefty Lou & The Hamley Street Blues is out now on iTunes, Spotify and Soundcloud (MGM).
Rin McArdle will be playing shows around the country in December. Details via www.facebook.com/rinmcardlemusic.
Follow Rin on Instagram @rinisgood, and Twitter @RinMcArdle