Larissa McKay is the Sydney singer/songwriter taking the world by storm. She has spent the last year ascending the London live music scene. BWA had the pleasure of chatting to Larissa about her inspirations, her return to Australia for Festival of The Sun in December and her top tips for festival fashion. Stay tuned for more on all things FOTSUN on BWA!
What inspires you creatively?
I’ve been living in East London for the past year and a half and I love that everyone’s a bit quirky and likes to experiment with fashion and image. In terms of songwriting – I’m inspired by everyday life. My friends, relationships, the music I listen to, the books I read.
Where did your love of music come from?
My Nan was a dancer, my great Aunt a pianist and my Dad has an almost obsessive love for rock n roll & managed a band when he was younger. Thankfully it’s in my blood.
How would you describe your musical aesthetic?
People say it’s like Adele, Coldplay, SIA – indie/piano pop
How would you describe your personal style?
Mum told me I used to dress myself in weird outfits but she used to let me wear them out and about “because that was my personality”. I still don’t like to dress like everyone else but it depends on my environment and my mood really. I love that fashion is expressive and often reflects what you are like on the inside. I guess my style is kinda Sydney/grunge. I love my high-waisted denim shorts, bikerboots and brothel creepers.
Maske & Silence and Noise. I look at The Satorialist blog for little trend and style ideas too.
The one thing you don’t leave the house without?
Lucas paw paw ointment.
Geez, this is hard. Sydney – there really is no place like home.
If you could have breakfast with anyone (alive or dead) who would it be and why?
The Dali Lama. I think he would have some pretty wise words to pass on.
What brings you to Festival Of The Sun and home to Australia?
It is such a great festival and when I got asked to play, it was something I couldn’t pass up. So I am coming home a little early in time to play and I’ll be straight back in to playing gigs with my band.
Will you be catching any of the other performances at FOTSUN?
Yeah definitely. I saw Ladyhawke a few years ago and she was awesome. I can’t wait to hear her new stuff. And my mates Hungry Kids of Hungary always put on a hell of a show so I’ll be front row centre for that one.
Will we be hearing anything new from you at FOTSUN?
Yes. I just went into the studio this weekend to record an EP, so I’ll be playing some songs off that. It’ll be out in December.
Top tips for festival style?
Have fun with your outfit. A festival is an excuse to get crazy.
Do you have your outfit planned for your performance at FOTSUN?
My friend Josie has a great label called Maske. She’s lovely and makes me something special for big gigs, so we’ll sit down and brainstorm some ideas and she’ll work her magic!