The Big Issue : Edition 548
IT LETTER TO MY YOUNGER SELF » ELLA HOOPER magic of ageing, I realised that all parts of you can coexist and none of them need to be denied. And all of a sudden we had to rehearse. We hadn’t been playing anything together or touching those songs in 10 years. We’re just playing the old songs, mainly from our first album, Reflector, because we feel like that was our strongest statement. It’s funny for me, though, because I’m having to sing the songs that I was the youngest writing. There’s nothing about boys, nothing about love, because I literally hadn’t done it yet! Some of the songs are still weirdly relevant. It’s good they were pre-boys, because I can’t relate anymore to being torn up about some idiot, but I can relate to my undying friendships and growing up in a country town and those things that were important to me. I was swimming in the weir two weeks ago with the same girls that are in the original film clip, so that is legit. Regional areas are a part of the Killing Heidi story. We’re not from the city. Shepparton is the nearest big town to us and bands never went there enough! We’re not a super-cool hip inner-city band. And I think because our themes are kind of overblown, big, friendship power ballad choruses, it attracts people who aren’t trying to look cool all the time. Heartfelt people, people who are maybe a bit naive or hearton-the-sleeve – they’re our people and sometimes you find those people more often in the outskirts. I’m as inner-city as it gets these days, I drink a latte every day, but the real me is still a regional girl. I know everyone says trust yourself, back yourself. But I think for me it’s about going a step further. Learn how to communicate that you do know what’s best for you. “No” is also a valid answer. If I could get in the ear of my 16-year-old self, I would say, “Take the time to convince them that you know what’s going on.” interview by Katherine Smyrk, (@KSmyrk) Deputy Editor » Killing Heidi is touring around Australia until 18 November.