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gigs I’ve done since then have felt a lot
less stressful. I used to suffer from a little
bit of stage-fright. I’d struggle to sleep the
night before a show and I’d be super ner-
vous. I used to think that if I wasn’t ner-
vous then I’d lose a little bit of the edge
that you need for performing but I’ve re-
cently realised that that’s not the case. I
enjoy the gigs more now because I’m not
as nervous. It means I’m super comfort-
able interacting with the audience. My
gigs are always a lovely crowd.
I’ll also be playing solo which makes for
an intimate show—as it’s just me with my
audience. Any banter will be between me
and them. The shows are much smaller
this time as it was a last minute decision
to do them after being asked to attend the
LGBTI Awards. This means I’ll hopefully be
able to come out and meet everyone after
the show. I’d like to do that. It’s great being
able to say thanks for the support.
LOTL: Your fans have definitely stuck
with you over the years! How do you feel
your music has evolved in recent years,
since The Thin Line?
HP: It’s changed with the development of
my skills. I wrote solely on piano or guitar
for The Thin Line. I now have a much better
skill set, working on the production side of
things. I can write on piano and guitar but
then record what I have onto my MacBook
to add layers of sounds to it to work on
how I want the overall track to sound. I’m
not a producer by any stretch but I have a
lot of the production ideas now. It means
when I go into a studio half the work has
already been done and just needs rep-
licating in a better studio with top class
microphones and production expertise
from my producer, James Lewis. That’s
what we did with my EP, Come Home. It’s
a cheaper way to do it too, which means I
can keep making records. Not many peo-
ple buy records anymore—they are with
Apple Music or Spotify or they just stream
it. As a smaller artist it means we have to
be clever in how we produce our music.
LOTL: Does that mean we can expect a
new album sometime soon?
HP: I’m definitely going to release some-
thing by this time next year. Hopefully by
the end of the year but it’s hugely time-
consuming and emotionally consuming
and, more to the point right now, my ba-
bies need all of that emotional time. My
bonding with them and helping Annie
with the massive changes she’s expe-
rienced in this last seven months is the
most important focus right now. It’s get-
ting easier every week, as they grow, to
shift some of my focus back to my cre-
ativity in work. I love the writing and re-
cording process and I need it in my life.
I’m excited to really get stuck back into it
when the time is right.
LOTL: Just to digress away from music
for a moment—the television landscape
in 2017-18 is far more queer-friendly than
it has been in the past. Arguably, Lip Ser-
vice wouldn’t get as much pushback as it
did when it was airing. Would you be up
for a revival?
HP: I absolutely would. It’s something I’ve
recently been thinking a lot about. There’s
an argument that it’s much better to just
have LGBT characters in mainstream dra-
ma or soap and that’s enough. But I think
it’s true that a lot of LGBT people have
shed-loads of LGBT friends. So I think
there’s definitely room for drama about
our lives in that way. How we interact with
each other rather than just having your to-
ken LGBT couple in a soap. But I’d also like
to see an LGBT family in a soap in the UK.
A family like mine and Ellie’s—a long-term
LGBT family with regular characters but
storylines that aren’t about being LGBT.
But yeah, Lip Service eight years later
would be great. I’d be intrigued to see
where the writer, Harriet Braun, thinks all
the characters would be. I should give her
Sunday, 4 March—Camelot Lounge, 19 Marrickville Road, Marrickville NSW. Doors
open 7:00 pm (under-18s must be accompanied by an adult).
Tuesday, 6 March—Thornbury Theatre—Velvet Room, 859 High St, Thornbury Vic-
toria. Doors open 7:00 pm (under-18s must be accompanied by an adult).
Wednesday, 7 March—Mojo’s Bar, 237 Queen Victoria St, North Fremantle WA.
Doors open 8:00 pm (18+ only).
For tickets and more info: heatherpeace.com/live-dates
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