// Paper House
Paper House is an Folk Electronica band hailing from Melbourne with jazz, rock and experimental influences.
Built on atmospheric drones, electronic clicks & scratches augmented by live drums, angular melodies, self contained worlds, a healthy dose of echo & noise guitar, Paper House plays with genres, presenting a captivating and dynamic live display.
Q&A, with Emily Siddons (singer/composer)Define your genre in five words or less:
Folk, Electronica, Rock, Indie, ExperimentalHow long have you been writing and playing music? Was there a song or moment that first inspired you?
I have been writing and playing music since the age of 7 - The first song I wrote was about a poisonous blue ringed octopus I was almost stung by during a trip to the beach. I have been writing and playing music ever since!If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why?
To be honest, most of my musical heroes are still alive. I would kill to be able to sit down with Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood and pick their brains. Of course, I would also love to travel back in time to get some singing tips off Billie Holiday.What are your favourite venues?
The Corner, The Toff, The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne Recital CentreWhat are your top 5 favourite albums?
Radiohead - OK Computer, Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Bjork - Post, Jeff Buckley - Grace, Blur - Think TankWhat is your most memorable gig (playing or watching)?
I have seen a lot of great music so I can't narrow it down to just one, but those at the top of the list would be seeing Tim Rogers' production of Saligia at The Spiegeltent, The Stray Cats at The Forum, The Cure at Rod Laver, Queens of the Stone Age & Them Crooked Vultures and I saw Feist recently at The Palais, she was brilliant!Where do you usually draw inspiration from as a writer? Do you have a process? eg music first, lyrics first etc
I first learnt music from a young age by listening rather than reading through the Suzuki Method, this really established my approach to writing music. I will literally be walking down the street or doing housework and melodies will just pop into my head - my iphone recorder has become my friend, I record down all these moments and revisit them later to build songs around them. The lyrics follow the melody in a general stream of consciousness, which can be quite revealing at times. Even though I have the theoretical music knowledge now, at the end of the day I always trust my ears.