Mazda Australia joined forces with the effortlessly cool Nicole Millar to host an exciting event for the Mazda2 where a
handful of lucky winners got to experience an intimate acoustic performance by Nicole at an exclusive glamping site on
the Mornington Peninsula. Nicole played a variety of classics and originals in her first ever acoustic gig, all of the winners
got their own Mazda2 for the weekend which was the perfect car for heading away for a weekend with your tribe!
You’re headlining this exclusive glamping festival with Mazda which is amazing. What are your top festival fashion tips?
Wear something bright so your friends can spot you in the crowd
Don’t wear white sneakers it will get muddy or dusty!
Always bring a jacket, it gets so cold and you never think about it when you are putting together your cute outfits
Matching tracksuits are my favourite thing to wear (all year round)
Cool colourful pair of sunglasses
Transparent bags are all the rage and it’s a plus you can find everything quickly!
Dye your hair a vibrant and fun colour or if you’re not game then wear a wig
As an up and coming artist, you’ve toured with Bastille and done some work with Peking Duk, what has it been like to work with these amazing artists?
I have just finished touring with Bastille, we did three shows together and it was phenomenal, they are really down to earth and always having fun. Working with Peking Duck was career changing, they found me on Instagram and we just
wrote a song, I was working in a juice bar just trying to break into the industry and it kind of changed my whole life. I
didn’t even know it was possible to have your song on the radio and make a living from it, I had no idea what kind of music I wanted to make until then, I don’t know if I was ready for it but I’m glad it happened! I love working alongside other artists, as is great to see how other people perform and get tips off them and to see just how professional they are and how beautiful their voices are. Song writing is crazy.
Tell us about your career journey so far. Who you have worked for, and explain any highlights.
My career highlights have been supporting acts like of Bastille, Peking Duck and Troye Sivan – they are amazing. I’ve won a few awards including an Aria and a few gold records, which is pretty mind blowing for a 25-year-old I feel so lucky, I am just winging it! I also love being able to work closely with brands, a definite highlight was playing one of my first ever acoustic shows in collaboration with Mazda2 and loved every second of it, we were tucked away at a hidden glamping location in Victoria and played to a handful of people it was epic!
Who have your musical inspirations been?
At the moment I’ve been listening to a lot of Urban, along the lines of Kanye West, Rhianna (always), Tommy Cash, Tommy Genesis – a rapper singer. When I was younger it was the likes of Shakira, reflecting, it was always strong females that I was drawn to and their empowerment, I didn’t realise how much it shaped me until recently.
Is female empowerment important to you?
It is, thankfully times are changing in the creative industries and everyone is searching for ways to feel empowered. I
do find with a platform that there can be pressure to be a role model and when you have an audience it is good to put
out positive messages and do what you can to help.
There has obviously been a lot of hard work to get you where you are today. Do you have any tips that you can share with aspiring artists, especially women, that you think have contributed to your success?
Try and find a trusting team around you, it’s hard because when you’re starting out everyone is so nice as they often want to sign you. But just make sure you don’t rush into anything, work on yourself and your music as much as possible. Above all have fun, I love working with brands like Mazda that encourage you to be creative and put on amazing events like this one!
Over the next few months a few gigs that should 100% be on radar:
Groovin the Moo
If you’re heading overseas go to Lollapooloza
Splendour in the Grass
Fashion Week – immerse yourself in thins other than just music festivals
There are always live music gigs happening every week – head to triple J unearthed, FBI radio have under the radar shows.