Music & Me with … Tracey Arbon- 01 Apr 2019 -
Image: Tracey Arbon singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, founder of Music Talks
When were you first introduced to music?
I began dancing at the age of 5 and I was the typical dancing girl fully devoted 7 days a week until I developed stress fractures. My older sister began singing lessons and of course I had to do it, I gave anything and everything a go. I kept it up, and my sister gave it up. The first song learnt at the age of 12 was ‘You Needed Me’ or ‘The other side of the sun’. I know I sang ‘MacArthur Park’ then moved on to classical. During my schooling years, I was awarded many awards at eisteddfods, performed in large musicals, the State Opera and was awarded a scholarship to the Conservatorium of music followed by TV shows, national talent shows, live performances with big bands, trio’s and solo’s, a record deal and so on. Things just kept flowing and one thing led to another.
Tell us about your favourite teachers
I loved all my singing teachers, one was a contemporary teacher, but the others were classical. I loved my wonderful teacher at the Conservatorium of music. She was tough and I loved it.
What are your fondest musical memories?
I remember being approximately 8 years old and played a role in Annie Get Your Gun. The memories of the rehearsals and the whole cast created quite an impact. I also recall performing in front of 30,000 people and was totally lapping it up at an outside concert/event in South Australia when I was about 19. There are so many it’s hard to choose, but musical memories, especially with musicals. There is a certain smell you remember of the makeup and some kind of backstage theatre smell. Weird I know, but I love that smell. Lol. But I can’t go without saying how much I love the studio environment. The feel, sound and the peacefulness of it, even though we love to crank it up at the end of a long night of mixing.
What is your favourite TV theme tune and film soundtrack?
Oh no! I really love ‘How Do I Live’ from Con Air. I do love that song.
What was the last download/ CD you bought?
Last week actually. If I’m not sent mp3 or wav files from artist for me to play on my ‘Tracey Talks Indie’ Show and I really want to play them, I actually buy them from their websites if they have them available, if not on their own sites and they have Bandcamp, then I will purchase from there. So I buy the artists’ music that I like to tell others about.
Imagine you’ve been given GBP 250.00 (or equivalent) to spend on equipment, downloads, vinyl, CDs, DVDs or concert tickets. How will you spend it?
Atm, I need a whole new set up…. which includes a new mac. Ahhhhh….I’m jumping between three macs just to keep things going, so I would put it towards Music Talks in continuing to help keep it running. I very very rarely spend anything on me. There have been so many concerts I would have loved to go to over the past few years and to have that opportunity to take my two teenagers but never had the money to take them and to share such a precious first opportunity with them. So, if it had to be something for me, it would be on a concert experience to share with my two teens. I really want to be the first person to take them to a big concert and I have to admit, when I see pictures of my friends at big concerts sitting in their seats in a huge stadium with their kids, I do get a bit teary just wishing I could afford the tickets.
How do you balance music with other obligations?
Unfortunately, when I turn my alarm off on my phone, I then see all the messages and before I’ve even managed to get myself up, I’m answering messages on my phone. Then I stumble over to my laptop in my bedroom, (it shouldn’t be up there, but I have a balcony and at least I can open the doors and work instead of being stuck in another room not seeing any sun). Too often, hours go by once I’ve opened my laptop and my partner brings me a mocha….. I’ll still there either working on content, emailing people, working on SEO, working on ads, designing things for the store, (if I had an opening of space for an hour) or contacting various people and fixing issues with the site and apps (bugs), planning social media posts, researching various things for keeping up to date with the latest on algorithm changes etc.….there’s so much, that more often than not I would still be here 12 hours later and realized I haven’t eaten at all. It also depends on what’s happening with my teenagers. I have to work around them as well, so I would make sure I have content created ahead of time, or I would work through the night to get everything done while they are sleeping. (Hence my coffee). If I have to go out, everything is planned in advance, although there have been the sudden emergencies and social media has stopped for a few hours. So there really is not much stopping for a break. It’s pretty busy here. Especially for one person.
Happiness is … freedom and to see and want my children to be happy.