The Melbourne singer-songwriter recently wrapped up an Australian tour showcasing her new single, 'Almost Here'.
She says she was humbled by how well the track was received, particularly following the unexpected success of her previous single, 'Touch'. “I actually wrote ‘Touch’ around ten months before it was released, so I'd been sitting on it for quite some time and was almost sick of it by the time it dropped.
“But it scored a solid amount of plays on Triple J, and received so many great reviews, and seemed to be the one song listeners universally vibed off.”
To her surprise, the 'Almost Here' tour received an equally massive response, drawing enormous crowd numbers at all five gigs in Sydney, Geelong, Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne.
The tour was announced straight off the back of her first major gig in New York City, where Alice performed for her extensive fan base. “A lot of my Spotify listeners are New York based, which is really interesting,” she says. “The room was packed out, and one guy even yelled out 'Welcome to New York, Alice! We love you, Alice!' while I was performing.”
The remaining six months of the year are as equally jam-packed for Alice, who will soon take the stage in Singapore. “I'm playing the Singapore Night Festival and the Singapore Noise Festival, which is really exciting because I've never performed in Asia before,” she says.
The artist will also grace the epic Bigsound line-up. “The thought of attending Bigsound as a punter last year, and actually showcasing this year, is pretty crazy,” she admits. “I'll be performing at the Maroochydore Festival that same weekend.”
Although Alice is yet to reveal any additional gigs in 2016, she promises there are plenty of big concerts to come. “So many exciting shows and festival line-ups are yet to be announced, and I do have new tracks in the pipeline, as well.”
She describes ‘nutting out new tunes’ as her ideal way of killing time, adding to her already music-heavy schedule. “I can't confirm a release date, but I am working towards an album, and despite the fact I'm still piecing it together it should be ready for release sometime next year.”
While the album is currently her key focus, in the long term Alice hopes to perform and travel for years to come, and endeavours to continue strengthening her already successful career. “I actually went to K-Mart and bought myself a year calendar yesterday, and as I started filling it out I thought to myself, 'wow, I don't have a lot of spare time!'” she laughs.
“But I love it, and at the moment it's kind of hitting me that a lot of the hard work has finally paid off, and I definitely have worked really, really hard.”
Alice Ivy performs at Bigsound 7-9 September and the Maroochy Music & Visual Arts Festival 10 September.