You’d be forgiven for thinking that Baby Blue have been around for longer than two years given their prolificacy in the Melbourne music scene. Having quickly become a staple of the local scene through their relentless gigging, the band have been turning heads with their infectious melodies and live show which is a joy to behold.
Lead singer and songwriter Rhea Caldwell performs with an ease few can claim to possess, tapping into sounds of 60s surf rock with a sprinkling of Americana and indie pop. The result is charming and considered concoction from an exciting new talent to watch.
What’s your name and what do you?
Rhea Caldwell. I’m a musician and photographer.
What kind of music do you play? What best describes your sound?
Indie, psych, pop, rock n’ roll.
What would you say is your biggest influence?
Life and the constant struggle to understand the world around me.
Where’s the best club/venue you’ve ever played?
There’ll all different and great in their own ways but I think my favourite venue we’ve played is The Gasometer Hotel downstairs. Not just because of the awesome venue but the crowd that night were particularly lovely. It really helps when you have a good crowd!
And the best festival?
Boogie Festival – Tallarook Australia
Where’s the most unique festival you’ve been to and what was so special?
I’ve been to a lot more festivals than we have played yet but Woodford Folk Festival is by far my favourite. I used to work for them. I love that there is so much going on in that community. You can go dancing, see some comedy or go and watch a lecture on native bees. It totally caters to all sorts of moods and people.
What was the most difficult festival you ever went to and was it worth it?
We haven’t had any difficult ones yet. There have been some funny stories though. Pooyong will forever hold a spot in our hearts.
Have you ever travelled somewhere that you feel has influenced your life and music that you play/produce?
Yep. I lived in London for two years when I was 18-20, Nepal for 6 months after that and New York for a year after that before moving back to Australia and relocating to Melbourne. Being amongst big cities, all of that energy and mix of personalities, goals and culture has really influenced me both as a musician and person.
Where’s your hometown?
A little one street town called Lennox Head which is just south of Byron Bay.
What’s your favourite local bar/restaurant/bar/club?
One noodle friendship is a great stop for cheap dinner in Preston. I go there a bit. Northcote Social Club is my favourite local band venue though. I love seeing bands on that stage. Monday Night Mass my favourite regular gig.
Where’s your favourite clubbing destination?
Not much of a clubber…
Is there something you can’t travel without?
I don’t travel without sunglasses and earplugs. I’m pretty good at falling asleep anywhere if I have these on me..
What travel destination would you recommend our readers add to their bucket list?
Just off the coast of Napoli there is an abandoned house on an island that you can swim out to and check out. It is by far the coolest most romantic place I have ever been. Go in the summer and get PIzza and beers afterwards.
Where was the most surprising place you discovered a big music influence? (i.e. saw an amazing DJ set at a rooftop bar in Peru…)
I stumbled across some underground gigs in London whilst I was living there. There’s an old warehouse building with tenants and artists called Cable Street. They used to host a lot of acts downstairs in the bar. The bar was called Jamboree. It was such an institution and left a huge impression on me. Sadly it’s closed now though..
You’ve just released you EP Do What You Like, what location did you record it in?
We record it at ‘A Secret Sound Location’ in Fairfield, Melbourne.
Where can we see you play over the next few months?
Castlemaine – The Bridge Hotel – 13th July – w/ Georgia Spain (+ band)
Adelaide – Exeter Hotel – 14th July – w/ Bree Tranter + Quivers
Sydney – Marly bar – 19th July – w/ Classic
Wollongong – Rad Bar – 20th July – w/ Classic + Bored Shorts
Ballarat – The Eastern – 4th August – w/ Cool Sounds + Seagull
Any current travel plans for the rest of 2018 outside of touring?
Hoping to start demoing and recording some new songs I’ve been working on and get ready for the next release!
Anything else you would like to add?
Come and say hello if you’re at a show! 🙂