Five minutes with Fabienne

How would you describe your sound?

I would definitely describe my sounds as pop inspired, having being inspired by many pop artists. I also like to reflect almost a reggae, folk sound, which definitely resonates through my music, especially heard in one of my main songs, Werewolf. It's always nice to write something that people are able to relate to whilst also reflect a little quirkiness about yourself.

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From what age did you start writing music?

I've been writing music since 9 actually. There is a song on my EP that I wrote at 13, after my first love. It's really been in this past 12 months that I have been able to let go of self-criticism and trust in my ability as an artist.

Who are your musical influences?

Definitely Lady Gaga and Beyoncé as they are such strong women. Especially Lady Gaga, who has worked very hard from the ground up and I definitely give that to Beyoncé as well. I also am very influenced by bands like the Xx and Angus & Julia Stone, which is a little bit more eclectic sounding and I definitely try to reflect that through my music. I have to say that strong and powerful women are very inspiring, especially when you follow your dreams. There's nothing more inspiring.

Do you have any advice for aspiring Brisbane artists?

Honestly it might sound so cliché, but it's always to just believe in yourself and believe in the capacity you have as an artist and as a person. In school I was knocked down, as I didn't have the perfect voice. I worked really hard and am very happy with where I've got with my art.

What's next for Fabienne?

My EP launches in Sydney on November 14th and then I'm off to LA in January for an intensive course, where I hope to become a very inspiring, positive role model through my art and also as a health and well-being advocate and animal activist. So I hope to conquer Australia and then head over to the USA where all the dreams happen. I just want make my mark and be respected as an artist and to be a positive role model, especially for young women.

Photography: Amelia Jane