Q1) What’s your name and position in the band?
My name is Desiree Hancock but friends call me Des. I am the lead vocalist and I play keys in Wicked Envy.
Q2) Which genre(s) do you feel best represent your band?
Heavy Rock, Alternative Rock and Dark Rock N Roll.
Q3) What was your favorite thing about writing, recording and filming the latest release?
The writing process for I Can See, came to us quite naturally. We wrote the music first then lyrics and melody followed. The recording stage was challenging but also very rewarding. We worked with Clayton Segelov of Brain Studios and he helped us shape the song into a more modern rock style, giving the piano and vocals the main focus. The arrangement is definitely my favourite so far.
As I filmed the visualiser of I Can See on my iphone, I think it turned out great. It was quite challenging as we have never filmed a video like this before, trying to capture all those angles was tough but also fun in its own way. Great experience at the end of the day. Working with David Blackley from Her Name is Murder Productions was definitely a big highlight, as Ive always wanted to work with him. He took our vision and created something magical, we are quite impressed with the outcome. You be the judge, why not check it out for yourself.
Q4) What is your favorite part about touring?
Well, we haven’t actually toured yet, we have been held back due to a lot of lineup changes, but hopefully one day. It’s definitely something we’re all looking forward to. We do have a few gigs lined up, so keep your ears open for those.
Q5) In an alternate universe where you are not a Musician, what kind of activities would you be interested in?
I think I would still be very interested in the art of creating something, if not music, maybe a painter or a fashion designer.
Q6) When did you pick up your first instrument?
I started playing piano at the end of high school in 2009, I had a few lessons then quit as I didn’t have the patience for learning different scores and my confidence was lacking. I wanted to create my own music. I still am quite thankful I can read music, even at a slow pace. I started singing from quite a young age, maybe 12 or so.
Q7) Did your school have a supportive Music Department/Teachers?
Yes, in about 2016 we were introduced to our new music and performing arts teacher. He was Amazing and very passionate about the arts. He put together an event each year called MAD (Music, Art And Drama) Celebrating the Performing Arts. It was a real hit with the students, parents and teachers. One of my favourite things about High School and believe me there weren’t many. Who actually liked high school anyway.
Q8) Do you have any pre-performance rituals?
Before each performance I try to find a quiet place to breathe and centre myself before the chaos. I love performing however, suffer from major anxiety like a lot of performers do and I tend to freak out alot, so this is definitely needed. I warm up my voice, drink water and one shot of bourbon and I’m ready. No food before a gig as I’m too nauseous.
Q9) What do you think the Music Industry needs right now?
Definitely, more focus and support for Australian Local Bands and Artists and Equality for Women, as it’s a male dominating industry to be frank. We need to be heard and we deserve to be.
Q10) What’s next for you?
Big Things! We have our Debut EP “What The Hell Am I Doing” set to release on Wednesday 15th June, more gigs to be announced, along with our EP Launch Party on Saturday 23rd July at The Duke On Enmore which we are super pumped for. A couple more surprises too.
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