If You're Gone - Offical Music Video
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Storm in a D Cup - Offical Music Video
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The first half of this year has been full on hella crazy! I have never been so tired, stressed, on the verge of mental breakdown and mostly happy, in the history of ever.
So as I'm hoping most of you know, I released my first EP even this year, in April to be exact. Everything leading up to then was a whirlwind of signing off on mixes, artwork, event details, press releases, promo interviews and band practice. It was crazy in the best way possible, I love being busy and those months were ones I got up at 6:30am and started work on the EP stuff, then went to uni or an intern-ship or work and then came back home and practice for the launches.
But as we know now, iI did no have a mental breakdown and in a huge big wonderful surprise, we sold out both of the launch shows!!! So thank you to everyone who came to either or both again, it made sharing Even, even more special.
After Even came out I had a bunch of shows all over the place, Gladstone, Brisbane, Redcliffe, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, my bedroom. I was a non-stop driving, country music maniac. But it was so great to get to meet a bunch of new friends and new faces.
Slowly but surely the single, Storm in a D Cup is climbing up the country airplay charts, it's currently sitting at about 60, so let's get behind it and push it up to the top 40 this month, hopefully!
The music video came out for Storm too! it was so awesome to shoot with Wezzy Cruze, he is such a super star talent and he made me look good. Fun fact, the day we shot the front cover of Even was the hottest day of the year in 2014, yeah it was really fun to get in and out of those leather pants, in the backyard of the place we shot, no dressing rooms or fancy stuff here! The day we shot the video I had serious windburn on my lips and I could hardly move them, really great for when you're trying to mime your song. But regardless of that it turned out so great! Thank you all for your support and kind words, every little niceness you say makes my whole day.
Since Even came out I visited Tamworth for the first time! I headed down for the wonderfulness that is/was the DAG Songwriters Retreat and met some of the best people I have ever known. It was 5 days of non-stop song writing, singing and country music. I LOVED IT! All up I wrote 7 songs in 5 days and I'm so excited to share some with you guys on the next record, which is pretty much half written now...
I'm now currently planning my tour dates for next year after I graduate and also for my first Tamworth Country Music Festival! So stay tuned and if there's anywhere in particular you want me to travel to on the GET EVEN TOUR next July, let me know!
I'll be doing a track by track here on the website every week for the next five weeks for every song on the EP, spilling the secrets on how I wrote it, what inspired it and everything in between, recording and producing etc!
I can also reveal that the next single will be out in January and will have another kick-ass video with it, what do you think it is?!?!?!!
Sending SO MUCH LOVE to you all, I am so grateful for all you've helped me to achieve this year, this is a total team effort and I can say wholeheartedly, I have the best team in you all.
What a year! Two weeks ago I got back from recording my first EP with Bill Chambers, it was the most exciting, amazing, BEST thing I have done in my musical life. The first day, after my semi-freak out of 'what if all these songs suck' (turns out the don't), we met with Bill and I played all my songs for him acoustically and we talked about what I wanted for each, any riffs or musical things I had in my head, and the instruments we thought they needed. The next day we travelled to Foggy Mountains Studios, Nash Chambers' studio, to do all the band tracking. The musicians we had play on this record were so crazy talented, I honestly almost cried when I heard the songs with the band, like how is that the same song I wrote on my bedroom floor?!! The next two days we spent in Bill's studio recording my vocals and overdubs of banjo, dobro, my guitar and steel. And spent 90% of the time freaking out about the how the band sounded and the steel guitar, which is the new love of my life. It was so amazing watching a song I wrote about a guy who lead me on turn into a full on country ballad, with all good stuff, even a fiddle!!!!!
So yeah I'm home in Gladstone as of now. After waiting in the airport for a million years, I now have wrinkles but am also home so I suppose it's ok. Uni may be over but the work is not over! I've got a lot of SPECIAL PLANNING to do, I'll be making a special announcement VERY soon! While I'm back in Gladstone I've got a couple of super fun gigs around the joint, make sure you check out the details at http://hayleymarsten.com/shows
Played a super small but super fun show at the New Globe Theatre a couple weeks ago! Sang some brand new, surprisingly very nice songs, I have a heart sometimes in the songwriting process! Can't wait to spread these new songs around and then the old ones too, everyone's getting some songs, like the flu, only better.
The weekend before last was The Queensland Champion of Champions, (The country music festival grand finals for those of y'all who aren't hip with the crew)(I don't know what I just said)! This was third year at Champs and first time in the Grand Finals! WOOHOOHOO!!! I came third in QUEENSLAND! And my performance was one of the best I've ever done if I do say so myself, you can see them on my YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/hayleymaree15
MINI QUESTION TIME! PREPARE! REJOICE!
5 Things that sum you up who you are as a person
Writer. Country. Singer. Guitar. Baker
A habit you wish you didn't have
a habit of over packing, which I am feeling the wrath of right now, my suitcase was 29kgs....
What would someone find in your handbag?
A million lipbalm/lipstick/lipthings and rubbish from months ago
What you wanted to be as a child
It's always been a singer, then a songwriter and then I learned the word musician.
Something that bothers/annoys/upsets you
People who mistake kindness for weakness
There you go, a little bit of info of me and the lowdown on my life as of now.
here is a perfect representation of my excitement for what's coming in the next couple of months, also a shot from my prime when all da boyz flocked
Well it's been a big couple of weeks! I just finished two gigs this weekend and I now need to nap for a week. First up I was in Banyo for a set at the All Inn Brewing Co, which was awesome! There's always such a fun crowd of people and dogs. I really struggle to concentrate on singing when I see a dog, so this place always tests me! Then today I had a spot by the river playing an all country set at the Support The Duck festival for the PA Research Foundation, such a great cause that I was very proud to be involved with! There were bubble machines everywhere and I could not find my chill the entire time. But other than those to little gems of fun I've been locked away in the tower of assignments and sorrow, so there's not much else to report on, so I thought I might do another mini Q&A. But no video this week because I talk too damn much, the last post's video was originally 20 minutes.
So let's get it started in ha, let's get it started in here, woooohoooo
So it's been a little while since last we spoke and I've been keeping busy with two gigs this past weekend! If you were perchance at one of the gigs, firstly, hi and secondly thanks for doing those little "ye-yeah"s and "woooos", I dig ya. My light up sign made it's debut and worked it's little battery powered ass off to get me new likes, good on you sign.
I'm about to get into that really really not fun time of uni, and if you could see my face right now, you'd be able to tell I can't wait (I'm probs rocking back and forth, sobbing). But before that happens, I wanted to film something super fun, as my life hasn't been that exciting since my last entry and I'd hate to bore you with boring words that are boring. So, I went on the interwebs and looked up "get to know you questions" and 100 popped up, don't fret, I didn't do that many, but the original video was about 20 minutes long (this chick will not shut up, I tell ya).
So that's a bit more of me for now! If you like these kinds of blogs, tell me girlfriends!
Talk soon x
Lots of Country love
It's been two weeks and you know what that means! I get to make my life seem exciting and adventurous in written form! Except these past two week have in fact been very exciting and somewhat adventurous. Two weekends ago I got very lost in Redcliffe and then finally made it to their country music festival, what fun! I was there alllllll day Saturday and Sunday and changed my outfits many many times because I'm a rebel who cannot be tamed (I don't know). But it seemed to have paid off because I came home with 4 medals, which was a lot of bling bling on my neck, very suited to my first cover, drop it like it's hot.
To da left: How much short could a short short short, if a short short could short shorts?
On da right: Oh damn wearing a bolo, I'm becoming a cowgirl full time
Ok I just reached the quota for saying shorts in this blog/in life/forever. But speaking of my cover, how'd you guys like it? Please tell me more, tell me more, like did he have a car? Anyways, I'm having a LOT of fun learning all the cool songs you guys suggested I sing, y'all have great taste (obviously). I've got some RnB numbers coming up as well as an Australian band and a queen of pop music!
ON THE RADIO!
PEOPLE HEARD THEM!
Yes folks, that's right this past Saturday I headed down to the big scary land of Fortitude Valley and hung out with the very lovely Terry & Tina from Folk Buddies! What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday night? We talked songwriting, Gladstone, boys, all the things I love!
I also warned every male listener that I would most probably write a song about them if we went out #notsorry But it's up to them if it's a nice song or a not so nice song....That part is out of my control.
If you wanna hear it all word for word with will the fun you can find it here: http://www.4zzzfm.org.au/podcasts/music/folk-buddies-interview-hayley-marsten-part-1
Also listen out for my braclet with a teeny bell on it jingling 90% of the time.
Other than that I've discovered the magic that is getting a pizza delivered to your house, the future is here y'all. So pizza's have been my hot dates lately, not as easy to write about compared to human dates. But maybe it's a chance to expand my songwriter skills? I guess we'll have to find out!
Just one last thing, I wanna say thankyou to all your support and the fact that you read this just proves how amazing you truly are!
Lots of country love,
It's been too long, I miss you much! The past couple weeks have been filled with unwanted colds and super fun gigs. I played two gigs at Ric's Bar and Cafe in Fortitude Valley this week, two gigs! WHAT EVEN!? I asked my friends to take a few photos to post so y'all could see me doing my thang, my phone was returned to me with 291 new photos. Some of me, some extreme close ups of my friends faces. All beautiful. Here are that won't get me yelled at by my roommates. But seriously, thankyou to my friends who came down to watch me on these nights,I know you have very busy lives and many other things you could be doing, so I really, truly appreciate it. And I promise to bring cookies every time from now on to show how much I love your cheers.
I've also been working on some covers that you guys suggested a little while ago, the first one features the line "I'm a gangsta, but y'all knew that", what could it be? It of course sounds very autobiographical for me. I'm really looking forward to shaking up a few more songs with my own twist in the coming weeks, you can look out for them on Wednesday nights every week. I'll also be uploading some super fun videos of me as a humanoid, so you can get to know me as a person as well as me as a musician, double know. In these videos, I'll be answering Q&As if you want, so if you have any krazy kuestions (I'm already hating myself for those two words, sorry Nanna) please submit them to the comments! Or send me a message! Or send me a carrier pigeon, whichever floats your boat my pretties.
I've been writing, writing, writing lately, songs too, not just assignments. So if you would like to hear them make sure you come on down to my upcoming shows to tell me what you think! I'm really super happy with life right now and I hope you are too. As a famous philosopher (Grace Shuttleworth) once said to me "Keep you neck red and your hair curly and you'll be just fine kiddo". Words to live and breathe by!
Until rednecks time kids,
sending my country lovin to all of you
I just got back from my very first Gympie Music Muster! And although I'm most definitely going to need a massage after sleeping on bed thinner than my student bank balance, it was just so wonderfully amazing! How did I make it 20 years without setting foot in the Muster? It's a riddle we will never solve I suppose. Here's what losing my muster-ginity was like y'all
We packed up my little car with a million blankets and boots, slammed the doors quickly so those extra snacks I packed wouldn't topple out and headed off to Gympie. My drive was filled with many "Hayley, what is the speed limit here?", "Watch your speed", "WELL it looks like you're doing more than that" and "Stop changing the songs and focus on driving". We made it to Amamoor Forest and started breathing in that lovely dust! I had a quick practise with the band for my Talent Search Semi Final and then rugged up (I wore two pairs of gloves & three pairs of socks one night, I reeeeally feel the cold) and headed to the Muster Club to watch Christie Lamb. While we were there we met up with my super lovely friends Tracey & Darren Robinson (Tracey & The Big D) and the introduced me to Jared Porter. Who very nicely let me sing a song with him there the next day!!!!!!! (WHAT!?).
Saturday morning I had my heat in the Talent search semi-finals, well I think sucking in all the dust might've gotten to me because my voice decided to kook it and as upsetting as that was, I have to remind myself, I played the main stage of the Muster, my first Muster, that's not too shabby. The Gympie Muster is by far one of the most amazing festivals I've ever been too, the whole experience, even the camp showers. I got to see so many amazing acts and discover new ones! So I'm officially changing my status from muster virgin to muster regular!
Lots of Country Lovin
P.S thank you so very much to all the people who wished me good luck this past weekend, your kind words and support are amazing and I love you!
So you may have noticed, I now have this shiny new website! If you haven't I'll give you a minute to take it all in.
Ok, so now that we're all on the same page, the homepage *wink*,*badum tish* and my extremely lame joke is out of the way, I wanna let you in on a secret so come close, closer, closer, OK, now that your face is pressed excitedly against the computer screen. I'm making some changes to the way we talk to each other, you and I...
Right now you probably know about my Facebook (www.facebook.com/hayleymarstenmusic), YouTube (This baby is under construction right now) but I want to introduce you to our new friends, Twitter (@hayleymarsten) and this lovely little blog. These guys will now also be a way for us all to talk about what's happening as well as virtually braid each others hair and gab about boys (or girls), could you be any more excited?
I want to talk lots and talk often to you guys and I've got some fun and exciting things being planned too so stay tuned.
Thanks for everything you've done so far and thanks for reading to the end of this blog!
Much Love, Many Hug
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Hayley Marsten Sunfest Songwriters Workshop
Two day workshop with Hayley Marsten on songwriting and the music industry. Tickets and information at http://www.gladstone.qld.gov.au/sunfest
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