Interview: Jade Bird on SXSW, playing with Willie Nelson, Something American and her first visit to Australia

When in Australia recently for a very well received promo trip, British songwriter Jade Bird stopped by AU HQ in Sydney to have a chat with us about her debut trip Down Under.

“Live is my thing,” she says of her upcoming shows through the UK. “I can have my banter and I can also have my heartwrenchers. I also get a real vibe from the audience; I always change it [setlist] depending on the vibe of the audience. I’m super hyped to be doing it.”

On her debut EP, Something American, Bird talks us through its initial release.

“I have little moments of joy and little moments of sorrow,” she laughs. “I care so much about it, I care so much about my music and so much about how people view it – it was terrifying!”

“It’s been great to get here so early,” Bird says of her Australian visit. “Everyone has been really supportive over here. You guys have great taste – indie is still a massive thing here. Tiny Little Houses have a song I really like…”

So what advice does Jade have for other emerging songwriters?

“Find your own lane; never be afraid to like a band or an artist that other people don’t like, I think that’s important in the process. Never try to emulate someone else’s thing, you’ll want to find your own thing. Get out and play live – just because the big, burly men in the blues bar can play, doesn’t mean you won’t be able to smash them one day!”

Jade Bird will appear as part of the Luck Reunion festival just outside of Austin, Texas, this Thursday. She also has a run of shows at SXSW. You can find out more about these shows and more at her official website. Her debut EP Something American is out now.