RAMONA WORKSHOPS: PERIOD WITCHES

Q&A with The Winter Gypsy

Interview of Tush Singh by Melissa Barendsen

Hey Tush! What have you been up to today?

Hey there! I had the day off work today, so I did a few jobs around the house and started writing a new song! 🙂

Can you describe the band’s group dynamic in three words?

Driving, explosive, passionate

Your latest single, Bojke is a heartfelt dedication to a furry friend; can you give us some background on the track?

The track was written around four months before our furry friend, Bojke, passed away. The song itself had no personal attachment to me; I just wrote it randomly on a rainy day. It was so strange to me how my lyrics fit so well with Bojke’s situation when she passed. She was so beautiful. 

Do you usually write from direct life experience?

Well, life experiences are real easy for me to put into a song, and I’m sure a lot of songwriters feel the same way. It’s a form of expression for most of us.

The video for Bojke is really clever and a little haunting… There seems to be a bit of a recurring theme of masked people in some of your videos; what’s the creative drive behind this?

We just really like the masks; it gives off an eerie feel. I like how people are guessing whether we are happy or sad. With plain masks, you’ll never know. Also we are terrible actors, and this helps cover our stupid faces haha.

The Winter Gypsy does a lot of live shows! Do you prefer being on stage or being in the studio?

As much as I love doing both, I have to lean towards the studio side of things. I love recording in the studio and spending time crafting tunes with friends; it’s so much fun. However, a few members in the band would much rather play live! 

Which has been your most memorable gig so far?

Our single launches in Melbourne and Adelaide recently. It was amazing to see all these people coming to our shows. I think we played the best that we’ve ever played as well, so that’s a bonus.

If you could perform anywhere in the world, in any location, festival or venue, where would it be?

I would love to play the Euax Claires Festival in USA. That would be amazing.

Can you share your funniest tour memory?

We had a baby kangaroo with us called, Roobee, for our first ever Melbourne show. She was so cute, but now that we think about it, it was a pretty funny situation.
She’s currently doing well and in the care of Adelaide’s Wildlife Reserve. 

I read that you’re quite a creative bunch with some pretty diverse talents – building, cooking, cartooning – who has the quirkiest talent in the group?

Sean’s dance moves are on a new level of quirk. Trust me! 

Listen to Bojke via Soundcloud | Watch the official Bojke video via YouTube | Follow The Winter Gypsy on Facebook and Instagram

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Melissa Barendsen

Melissa is a student at the Australian Institute of Music with a passion for music and writing. She has a BA in Professional and Creative Writing and Literature and creates latte art for ingrates to make ends meet while studying. She also loves to travel however Barista-ing doesn’t pay enough to indulge this interest often.

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