In Conversation with Pink Matter at Red Deer Festival

A Brisbane born, four-piece, all-girl band with dreamy ballads and danceable funk tunes. What’s not to love? Pink Matter began in 2016, and their female force has quickly gained popularity in the Australian music scene. Their sound is a little out of the ordinary with unique bass and drum compositions, delicate vocals, and a quirky keyboard addition. Although the stormy Red Deer Music and Arts Festival weather meant they didn’t perform on the day, they will certainly be captivating Brisbane audiences elsewhere this year. Our Online Content Assistant, Lauren, caught up with Kerry Raywood (Lead Vocals) and Libby Scott (Drums) to talk about the band, their achievements, and their plans for the future.

 

Lauren Muggleton: Can you talk a little about the band? How did Pink Matter form?

Kerry Raywood: We all knew each other through uni and went through that together. I started with Libby, and then Izzy and Megan came long. Izzy said she played bass so I just stalked them on Facebook and messaged them saying “Please be in a band with me”.

[Laughter]

LM: You guys won the Qube Effect People’s Choice Award earlier this year. What was running through your heads when this happened? You must have been super excited for the band?

Libby Scott: It was pretty surreal. We didn’t quite know what to expect for it. We spammed all our friends to vote and I think it worked. We won $2000 cash and that went towards recording in the studio, so hopefully you’ll hear some things from us soon. It was awesome to feel the support from everyone.

KM: It was great meeting all the people involved with the whole competition, even the volunteers who worked there. We get gigs from them, and Izzy is also doing some digital media work for them now. It has been so useful to meet so many new people. I’ve seen other events where the line-up is just all Qube finalists, so it’s cool.

LM: You seem to have been quite busy with performances around Brisbane this year. Do you see yourselves branching inter-state or aiming for more gigs in the future?

LS: Definitely. This weekend we had three gigs lined up in a row. We usually get a gig every other weekend—it’s super fun. We want to release some new music soon, and once that music is out we’ll hopefully go on a little bit of a tour. But that is in the distant future.

LM: Pink Matter is a bit of an anomaly given your all-girl line-up. How important is it to have more women in the music scene?

KR: It’s important in general. In any industry of any kind there’s such male domination.

Growing up, it can be pretty discouraging seeing only males and wanting a female to look up to who writes their own music, who does their own thing, and who is completely independent. For younger musicians, it’s super important to have role models and to keep a general balance.

LS: It’s a weird thing because you can’t say to someone, “Name a girl band in Australia” or just name someone with a girl in their band in Australia—there’s a big gap.

I feel like we’re filling that gap, and hopefully that encourages more people and makes the industry less one-sided.

KR: People are paying more attention now, and are trying to make that conscious effort. We are filling a diversity gap and authentic things do come from making this effort.


Answers by Kerry Raywood and Libby Scott of Pink Matter

Questions and Images by Lauren Muggleton

Edited and Compiled by Emma Kate Lewis

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