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Interview with

MOLLIE

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THE McCLYMONTS

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The McClymonts will kick off their national LIKE WE USED TO tour with a headline appearance at the Groundwater Country Music Festival on Sat July 28. For more info check out their website HERE.

I caught up with Mollie recently and asked them some searching questions.

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How do three sisters all agree to do the same thing at the same time (lol) and get into music together? Where did it all begin and how has the sibling aspect helped or hindered?

It wasn’t something we planned! Brooke started singing at the age of 12, and Sam and I followed soon after as we would go along to watch Brooke in the talent quests, and thought we might as well get up there too. Brooke soon would teach us our harmonies and we were entering the group sections. We entered the Gympie Muster Talent quest as a group and that’s where the head of Universal Music saw us. We were so young that he kept an eye on us until we were out of school, then approached us in 2006 and asked if we were ready to do this as our job. So as you can see, we kind of just fell into doing this as a job together. The sibling aspect has definitely helped our band. The natural harmonies are our ‘thing’ and it would be hard to survive in a band with your friends. Siblings can fight, laugh, love and at the end of the day we are family and that bond can’t be broken.

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It’s probably obvious, but what kind of music did you grow up on? Did you all bloom into your love of Country at the same time?

We grew up listening to country. Dad loved and still loves all of the old country like Charlie Pride and Don Williams, and mum loved all the new live Faith Hill and Shania Twain. 

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This came from your recent press release:
The McClymonts have achieved over 225,000 album sales to date, including two gold accreditations and twenty chart-topping singles. They are 13 x Golden Guitar Award winners (winning 3 this year alone) and 2 x ARIA Award winners.. They have just announced a massive national tour off the back of their bestselling new album ‘Endless’, which debuted at #1 on the ARIA Country Chart and #3 on the ARIA Albums Chart upon release and generated three smash hit singles.”

What an amazing set of career highlights, which leads me to the next two questions: 

How does a group of sweet, level headed, committed and talented girls/women live and experience all this and keep their feet on the ground?

We are from a small town who had hard working parents who pulled us into line when we needed to be, and taught us to be humble. We set goals each year and if we achieve it we set new goals for ourselves. 

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How do you find the balance between your everyday lives and your musical ones, now you are so popular?

We are normal working mums. Being our own boss allows us to work when we want to, and have family time as well. 

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OK, a few questions about the great Groundwater Festival. Is it a special event in your calendar year and if so, what makes it so special? 

It just keeps growing every year. It’s so family friendly and the setting is just gorgeous! 

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Can you describe its origins and evolution for you? Have there been any special Groundwater moments you can describe? 

We really didn’t have any expectations the first year we performed as you never know what you are walking into… so we were blown away with how many people were there. A lovely crowd who were all singing our songs and came up and said hello after the show. This year we know what we are walking into and we can’t wait! We’ve organised a rockin’ setlist that will keep the audience on their feet. 

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Are there any artists you look forward to seeing or catching up with? 

It will be great to see Amber Lawrence before she has her bub, and I’d like to see Suzanne Vega live.

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Back to your music, how do you see your sound progressing in the future? Will it be much of the same or is there something new in the works?

Not sure. We are constantly writing and working with different producers so who knows where our sound will go. What I do know is we will always have that country sound as it’s all about our harmonies and it’s in our blood. 

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Who are and have been your inspirations?

Dolly Parton, Shania Twain, The Dixie Chicks, Troy Cassar-Daley.. the list could go on and on!

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If someone had never listened to The McClymonts before, what song of yours would you recommend them?

‘Kick It Up’, ‘Like We Used To’, ‘Forever Begins Tonight’, ‘Chain Smoker’. That’s a good mix for them.

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It’s been such a ride up to here, where do you envision yourself to be in the next 3-5 years? 

A couple more albums and some big tours! 

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You have a major tour coming up – is it still the same fun even though you have done it so often? Any highlights you are looking forward to? Any plans to go overseas in the foreseeable future?

Every tour just gets better and better. We now know how lucky we are doing what we do, and being on the road is SO much fun! Performing is where we are most comfortable. The Crown Casino in Melbourne is always a favourite, the Mt. Isa Rodeo goes off, and we are heading out to Lightning Ridge where we have never played before. Can’t wait! 

We have been overseas in the past and right now with our families being so young we are just focusing on Australia right now. 

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If you could pick absolutely anyone to bring on tour with you, whom would you pick? (Dead or Alive)

Dolly Parton

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Are there still any venues or locations you aspire to play in the future? What are your major goals or milestones for the future?

Sydney Opera House. 

Major goals are to just keep making a living by making albums and touring. If we couldn’t tour anymore that would be devastating. Live music is our love, it’s our life! 

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Finally, this is a paragraph dedicated to some quick discovery. May sound corny, but for the fans, can you tell me your favorite album, artist, movie, place, drink, meal and person (living or dead) and some brief reasons why? Answer some or all please?

Fav album: Kacey Musgraves – ‘Same Trailer, Different Park’ 

Artist: Kacey Musgraves 

Movie: ‘Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion’

Place: Wollongong 

Drink: Logan’s wine. White, red, rosé, they are all delicious .

Meal: Japanese 

Person: My fav person is my best friend, my husband. I don’t really look up to anyone, I think because I’m an artist I look at musicians as normal people. We are all just making a living, doing what we do 🙂 

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