Clare Perrott: Keeping Her Passion For Music Alive

A familiar face popped up at the Nannup Music Festival at the beginning of March. Clare Perrott (2021) was Music Captain during her final year at Santa Maria. It’s great to hear that she’s keeping her music passion alive!

What have you been doing since leaving Santa Maria?
Since leaving Santa Maria, I have been studying Music (Vocals) at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in the Music Artist discipline, which is mainly focused on songwriting. I realised I wasn’t very good at hospitality, so I started working as a music teacher at the School of Rock in Jolimont, teaching Keys, Bass and Vocals, which is a lot of fun.

What are you doing musically at the moment?
Apart from studying music, I’ve been lucky to gig with some gorgeous Perth artists such as Maya Ixchell, who I had the privilege of playing with at the Nannup Music Festival recently. Also, last year we performed live on Telethon at the nice and early 1.45 am slot at RAC Arena, which was a bit daunting, but we got to go backstage and see signed photos of every act that’s headlined at the amazing arena.

Have you always had a passion for music?
I did piano lessons as a kid when I was around 8, and I absolutely hated them, so I wasn’t the biggest fan of music until my mum made me try drums at Santa Maria in Year 5. Then I could see how music was a bit more fun than Mary had a little Lamb, and it has entertained me enough to keep it in my life.

L to R are Morgan Grieve, Maya Ixchell & Clare

What has been a musical highlight for you?
Performing at the RAC Arena was a highlight for me, but my favourite moments have been the semester performances at WAAPA. They are held at The Rosemount in Mount Lawley. My very talented friends that I study with perform their original songs, and everyone collaborates with one another for three hours. It’s a lot of fun, but it’s great seeing everyone accomplish a successful show and love each other’s music.

What’s your favourite genre of music and artist?
My favourite genre is guitar-based folk rock, with my favourite artists being Fleetwood Mac and Cat Stevens. It can seem quite boring to listen to, but I love some good relatable storytelling and lush guitar patterns.

Do you play any instruments? 
I’m studying vocals at the moment, but I love to play bass, drums, keys and guitar. I usually play the guitar to accompany myself.

What do you love most about performing?
The feeling of performing is quite unique. Presenting original material is extremely daunting, which is probably the scariest part about it. You’re always going to be worried whether people are going to like what you put out, but at the end of the day, you’ve just got to do it for yourself. This kind of sucks because you want to entertain people, so it’s challenging finding the line between palatable and personal.

What is the best concert you’ve been to?
Over the past year I’ve been very lucky to see some great international artists. My favourites have been Phoebe Bridgers at Laneway, which was hauntingly beautiful, but I also think that’s because I had heat stroke, and The Teskey Brothers at Good day Sunshine Festival in Busselton. They have the most mesmerising vocals I have heard (and live!). And of course, seeing your friends perform is always a lot of fun.

Is there anywhere our community can catch you performing?
I am mostly playing with other people’s bands, with the Maya Ixchell band launch coming up on 5 April and I will be supporting the local band Hope River Road on 22 April 22 at Lyrics Lane. I’m mainly just focussing on becoming a better performer.

If you weren’t doing music, what else would you be doing?
I’m surprisingly missing a lot of maths and science in my life. So, if I were not doing this course, I would be doing sound engineering along with a chemistry degree.

Thank you for sharing your story with us Clare.

If you want to check out Clare’s music, be sure to catch her at one of her gigs.

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