It’s been three years since your last album, have you taken a break or has it been a slow work in progress?
The hardest part was writing. I’m not very prolific for one, especially with this album, it took me a long time to settle in, meet musicians and find a job. The music had to take a back seat for a little while so I could just sort out my life.
Your singles, Wow ! and Why did you have to kiss me so hard? are already attracting attention. Are these your favorite tracks from the new album?
Not necessarily. When Why did you have to kiss me so hard? came out, I only had this one ready to go out. It was fit for a bachelor, but it’s not like I had a list and picked that one. This was recorded in 2011 in a separate session. Wow ! just stood out as being one type of song. These aren’t necessarily my favorites, just a few of the more immediate dance songs.
Your Pozible puzzle campaign has been a great success. Was this your first attempt at crowdsourcing, and will you do it again in the future?
Yeah absolutely. It’s a great way to connect with the fans and also to get a feel for the interest there is and where it is coming from. It was a practical thing to do, to get a feel for where you are at. Fans love it too, because they are able to see you achieve something and see the goal from the start. Most of the performers would keep fans in the dark and advertise it as a thing with the puzzle. I couldn’t have done it without reaching out and asking people for help. It was basically a pre-order campaign, but they get something cool at the end and see it born early on.
Your clip for Wow ! was great. Did you take him out in one day of filming?
We certainly did. We only had eight hours in the room. Most of the budget for the entire clip was spent renting the venue. Everyone worked for free – director, actors, dancers, makeup artists, crew and all the money was spent on the venue and equipment rental. We just had to break it.
What also caught my attention was the abundance of karaoke videos on your YouTube channel. So what happened first: karaoke or songwriting?
Songwriting came first. I only discovered karaoke about five or six years ago. I’m not too keen on in-booth karaoke but came across this pub which was near my house. They had free karaoke every week and I fell in love with it. It’s so much better than a karaoke stand, and I’ll never be able to convince people of it because it’s so intimidating. You don’t sing for friends, you sing for strangers. But it’s really exhilarating and it’s really funny and an interesting experience for people watching.
You must have seen most of Australia in your decade of touring here. What’s the one place you always like to go back to?
I love going back to Sydney because that’s where I spent ten years growing up. This is where I started my career, so I’m pretty happy to go back and see all my friends and familiar faces that I haven’t seen in a while. I also like going to places that I don’t go very often. It’s been five or six years since I played Wollongong and I can’t wait to go back.
If you could do this tour anywhere in the world where would you go?
I’m dying to go to America. I’ve been talking about it for years and dreaming about it. It’s my next overseas destination whenever I go out of debt.
Do things get a little weird on tour sometimes, or are you kind of sane?
We are quite reasonable. I’m probably the strangest person in the bunch. I took them out for karaoke the last time we were in Sydney. Every time I go I make sure to go to this one place in Leichhardt. It’s just the best. We all party and have fun, but nothing too crazy is happening. We are all responsible adults.
After moving from Sydney to Melbourne, do you have any thoughts on which is better?
No, I like them both for different reasons. Melbourne’s music scene is a bit more vibrant, but I don’t think that’s necessarily the fault of the musicians in Sydney. Sydney has had a really tough trot with licensing, it’s just set up a little differently, making it difficult for the venues to stay open. But these are two great places to live and I really love them.
Catch Laura in Adelaide (June 21), Manly (June 28), Goodgod Sydney (June 29), Wollongong (June 30), Brisbane (July 5) and Melbourne (July 13). See: lauraimbruglia.com