Al Parkinson is a woman of many talents. Not only has she recently released her new single Like This, but she also hosts a weekly morning radio show Yeah Good Thanks on Southern FM and presents on Balcony TV. Parkinson took time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions for us!
Your songs are about love and loss. Have you experience love and loss in your life?
Well yeah, I think everyone does! Love comes… and then it goes! Lots of my songs I suppose are about the loss of love but I think it’s easier to write about heartache.
Your new single Like This is inspired by those moments when someone makes your day go “from like this, to like this.” What’s a moment when this has happened to you?
Well the song was originally about a big bearded, bald and babe’n barista who worked around the corner from my house – I found him so handsome I could barely say a word to him but it would be an exciting part of my day that I really looked forward to. As time has passed though, it’s more about how someone you love can really make your day so much better just by their presence.
Do you have any love interests at the moment?
What made you decide on playing the ukulele above other instruments? Did you learn this from a young age?
I had a ukulele for a couple of years in a cupboard. I thought of it as a novelty at first rather than an instrument I could use to write songs on but I learnt some hilarious covers on it and then fell in love with it’s sound.
You have appeared at Queenscliff and Apollo Bay Music Festivals. Do you have plans to tour soon?
I’ve been popping interstate every couple of months and I am really keen to tour soon so yes, hopefully in a few months i’ll get up the East coast and hopefully to Adelaide as well.
You have shared the stage with Matt Corby, Liz Stringer, BONJAH, and Jordie Lane, including international artists David Ryan Harris and Ryan Keen (UK). Who would you most like to share the stage with next?
There are SO MANY. Haha. Look, we are so lucky in Australia. We have so many incredible artists popping up every 5 minutes and I’m extremely excited when I get to play with any of them. I’m a little obsessed with Ngaiire at the moment. A huge dream would probably be to one day maybe share the stage with someone like Emily King (US) or Lianne La Havas (UK) – They have been huge inspirations for me the past couple of years. You know what? Even just high-fiving them would be a dream for me.
Aside from making sweet music, you host a weekly morning radio show ‘Yeah Good Thanks’ on Southern FM. How long have you done this for?
I’ve done Yeah Good Thanks for about 2 years now. I play Australian music, talk about gigs going on around town and regularly have incredible acts come on the show. It is my favourite time of the week. I absolutely love that job – Community Radio is such an important thing for local musicians and I’m really lucky that I can be a part of that.
You also present on ‘Balcony TV.’ What do you love most about presenting?
I love music and I love people – meeting these wonderful, talented people and learning about their journeys is just so interesting. Everyone is so different and every acts story is just as inspiring as another.
If you could perform anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would love to be able to travel overseas with my music but I’ve always had a dream to perform in a castle. I don’t exactly know which one.. but i think playing in a castle would be pretty spectacular!
Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?
As I’ve said, there are an insane amount of talented people around. I’d love to write some songs with people who aren’t necessarily playing the same kind of music as me – I love finding out how people write, you can learn so much from how other people go about writing and creating. I think working writing with local boys, BONJAH would be pretty fun!!