Wallace is well on her way to becoming the next big thing. She has recently toured across Australia, opening up for Ngaiire, performed at festivals like Listen Out and the St. Kilda Festival, and is currently working on her first EP. You might have even heard her song ‘Raffled Roses’ on the radio.
Wallace took some time out of her busy schedule to have a chat with us. Get to know the Future Soul singer before everybody else.
1. How did you get started singing? Do you come from a musical family or was singing something that you’ve always wanted to do?
My parents couldn’t shut me up when I was younger. They realised pretty quickly how much I loved being on stage after I was cast as a lead in a school play before I could even read. Dad filled our house with his blues and soul records and mum took me to every ballet and play growing up.
2. I notice you describe your sound as ‘Future Soul’. Who are your inspirations and what are you currently listening to?
I’m inspired by so many different types of artists that I think ‘Future Soul’ seems to fit the ever-expanding list of my influences. At the moment I’m hooked on Anderson .Paak, D.R.A.M, Fortunes and I’ve been dancing around my room to a whole lot of Prince in my room lately.
3. You’ve recently come off an Australian tour opening up for Ngaiire. While on the road, the two of you filmed a gorgeous cover of Solange’s ‘Rise.’ What does that whole experience mean for you and what’s your favourite aspect of performing live?
I’ve been such a big fan of Ngaiire for years, her voice and onstage presence is so magnetic and honest. I jumped at the chance to come along on the Blastoma tour. It was my first official tour so it meant so much to be included and share it with such a beautiful group of people.
I love every aspect of performing live. I heard Erykah Badu say in an interview once that performing live is creating a moment and recording is perfecting it.
4. Do you have any pre-show rituals or superstitions?
Not at all haha. I should probably get into a good warm up habit but you can normally just find me having a drink at the bar.
5. You’ve collaborated with Sampa the Great and Kraak and Smaak. Which three artists or producers would you love to collaborate with; alive or dead?
DILLA a hundred times Dilla! I’d love to get the chance to work with Flying Lotus, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Muhsinah, Knxwledge, Anderson Paak, Taylor McFerrin, James Blake and the list goes on & on… There’s waaay too many talented people in this world.
6. What is your creative process like?
I tend to get on the lyric train first and also figure out a general concept for the song. Like the colour of it, the characters etc. Half of the time I’ve already had a beat to write it over but if it’s completely new I workshop it with my band to lock down the harmony and form.
7. Tell me about your most recent release, ‘Raffled Roses.’ How did that amazing calypso-y vibe come about?
I worked with the incredible Godriguez on this tune. I pretty much gave him a brief of “hey, let’s write a happy song that has percussion in it that makes me wanna dance.” When he came back with the beat I was so into it, I wrote the tune and jumped into the studio that same week.
8. What does success look like to you?
Being respected by people I admire.
9. What’s next for you? What can we hope to expect from Wallace in 2017 and beyond?
EP! I’m going to release my first EP haha I’m excited can you tell? I can’t wait to hold it in my hands. Definitely keen to make some more music videos too. I’m so pumped for this year.
10. What is your favourite thing to do when you’re not on the road or recording?
Roller-blading, Dancehall classes and hanging out in an outdoor pool.
Words via Krystal Beasley
Photography via Wallace’s Facebook page.