‘Fingertips’ is Vera’s debut EP, which feature the Triple J launched singles ‘Hold’ and ‘Settle’. “The EP is out and people already know the songs,” Vera says, “which is fun to have them sing-along with me. Getting that response of people enjoying and connecting with the music is great. “I'm really excited to get music out there that's emotionally good, different and something special."
The process of creating the 'Fingertips' EP was one that naturally happened with the support and creative input from acclaimed singer/ songwriter Gossling and veteran producers Andy and Thom Mak. “The recording and writing process happened pretty naturally in the studio.
“I was at a music camp and met Andy, then later Thom and Gossling. We started writing the song ‘Fingertips’, which is from the EP. It had a really folky sound, I wanted to expand musically. I had been listening to a lot of Alt-J and bands like that. Andy helped me to explore and find new sounds that worked with the folky sound I have. For the EP, [we] created a style that is a blend of electronic and folk through experimenting and trying new things, seeing what worked. Andy had a real 'no-rules approach' to trying new things.”
The experience of creating this album with the acclaimed producers is something Vera speaks about passionately. “Andy and Thom were amazing to work with. Having three people throwing around different ideas created an atmosphere that allowed for emotionally true music to be made while still exploring other sounds.”
Vera has already taken her unique style to new stages with a number of her own tours that culminated in a set at Splendour In The Grass. “Playing the live shows lets me put every inch of my body into the music. I can connect with the audience on an emotional, real level,” she says “Travelling with the band is also amazing; we are great friends, so it makes for a fun experience."
2016 has already seen Vera support Matt Corby and Broods on their respective tours, opportunities that Vera has used to learn how to bring an intense, positive energy to her own shows. But it was a guest spot with Flume during Splendour In The Grass that Vera most vividly remembers. "That was just a surreal experience. I was thinking 'is this real?' It was amazing and such an experience; it was something I could never imagine; it was a lot of fun as well."
After Vera completes her September, October national tour her plans include maintaining the momentum she has built. “I’m going to be in the studio writing new material and getting together an album as well as playing a lot of festivals. “You know, the next goal for me is to spread my music internationally. So I'm just working step by step to do that.”
'Fingertips' is available now.
Vera Blue ShowsWed 31 Aug - Karova Lounge (Ballarat)
Thu 1 Sep - Workers Club (Geelong)
Fri 2 Sep - Howler (Melbourne)
Sat 3 Sep - Howler (Melbourne)
Sun 4 Sep - Howler (Melbourne)
Fri 9 Sep - Elsewhere (Gold Coast)
Sat 10 Sep - Maroochy Music Festival (Sunshine Coast)
Sat 10 Sep - Woolly Mammoth (Brisbane)
Thu 15 Sep - Jive Bar (Adelaide)
Fri 16 Sep - Mojos (Fremantle)
Sat 17 Sep - Jack Rabbit Slims (Perth)
Sun 18 Sep - Darwin Entertainment Centre
Thu 22 Sep - 48 Watt St (Newcastle)
Fri 23 Sep - 48 Watt St (Newcastle)
Sat 24 Sep - Oxford Art Factory (Sydney)
Sun 25 Sep - Oxford Art Factory (Sydney)
Sun 2 Oct - Yours & Owls Festival (Wollongong)
Fri 7 Oct - Club 54 (Launceston)
Sat 8 Oct - Republic Bar (Hobart)