Singer-songwriter Mathilde Anne grew up on the Mornington Peninsula, recently moving to Carlton to be closer to the Melbourne music scene. An active member of the Mornington Peninsula Music Network, Mathilde started writing music at 15 and last year released her first single, Playing Adult. She speaks to Nikki Fisher.
At which moment in time did you know you wanted to be a musician?
There wasn’t a particular moment I had a sudden realisation, “Oh, I want to do this as a career”. I was very lucky to grow up in a musical household where my parents put a focus on doing what you love rather than what makes the most money. We were always playing music with each other or the neighbours. I was encouraged to pursue music as a passion and career from a young age. Prior to singing I trained as a classical violinist for about six years, so I thought that was the path I’d follow. However, as I grew older I began writing my own melodies, teaching myself guitar, and writing my own music. Even with my family’s encouragement I lacked confidence performing in front of others and sharing my music, so the idea that I’d be a full-time musician didn’t really come until I was introduced to Cheryl Beattie at The Music Industry School of Music in Rosebud. Cheryl was quintessential in helping me build up my confidence. This has honestly changed my life
Tell us more about your writing process, and where you find your inspiration.
I’ve always approached songwriting as a way of journaling – using the lyrics or melody to express everything that clouded my mind and everything I can’t say out loud. I began writing music during a time in my life where I was struggling with mental illness and felt very isolated. I began writing poems and then melodies and chord progressions that I felt matched the overall tone of the poem. These days I tend to write melodies or chord progressions and then focus on creating lyrics that I feel match the vibe of the music.
Isolation has been rough for everyone in Victoria these past 18 months. What have you done to sustain your mental health?
Like a lot of other people, I picked up yoga as a hobby. Yoga alleviates whatever stress or anxiety that being in lockdown has ignited. The lockdowns have provided me with time to implement positive daily routines and work through mental health issues that had previously overrun my day-to-day life. Yoga and writing music have helped immensely and kept me sane. This lockdown I’ve been very lucky to move out of home, so I’ve had my roommates to entertain me. It doesn’t really feel like we’re all just trapped inside our houses with their company.
What’s on the horizon for you in 2022?
Next year I’ll be focusing on trying to play live music gigs and taking every opportunity to be out of the house enjoying life. I have some pretty exciting new music in the works, but all I can say at this point is that you guys are just going to have to wait and see.
You can follow Mathilde’s music career on Instagram.