Making her emergence onto the music scene last year; rising singer-songwriter Tulliah is back with her brand new single Just My Type (A Little Bit Lonely). Hailing from Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula; Tulliah’s vibrant artistry comes from a place of heartfelt experiences, with melodies that immerse you in her unique sonic world. With candid and earnest song writing and lyricism, Tulliah’s artistry is distinctly profound and captivating. Following the release of Just My Type (A Little Bit Lonely), we sat down with the talented artist to talk about the her newest single, and musical journey so far.
BM: For those who are still getting to know you and your music; what’s the first thing people should know?
Tulliah: My name is Tulliah and I am a 19 year old Indie singer-songwriter from the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. I have been writing since I was 15 and have just released a new single called “Just My Type (A Little Bit Lonely)”.
BM: With all the craziness that’s gone on this year, how have you managed as a creative and artist? Have you found those creative processes have changed much, or it’s been particularly hard to feel inspired?
Tulliah: Melbourne went into two strict lockdowns. The first one I was kinda pumped because I had so much time to be creative and thought I’d come out of it with a full album of good songs, but it was the complete opposite. I was trying to write everyday but had no inspiration at all and everything I wrote I didn’t like haha. I usually find inspiration through conversations I have with people and things that I see when I’m out and about. However I was doing a lot of research on other artists and producing, so I started recording demos of old songs and exploring that side of music.
BM: As an emerging artist, beginning your musical journey only last year; what have you found to be your biggest challenges so far, especially with 2020 and the pandemic?
Tulliah: To be honest it’s all been pretty good!! I’ve got an amazing team around me who are very supportive and know that I am very new to everything. There is so much to the industry that I have no clue about so I’m just trying to wrap my head around it and take everything day by day. My biggest challenges so far have probably been doubting my creativeness. I guess we are all the biggest critics of our own work though, especially when it’s something you love so much.
BM: Hailing from Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, how has the local music scene influenced you as an artist?
Tulliah: There is such a cool and big group of musicians on the Mornington Peninsula! I’ve met so many local artists and music lovers that all support one another. Watching other local musicians play gigs and busk gave me the confidence to do it myself. I hope that the Mornington Peninsula always has the same supportive community towards creatives because it is so special and encouraging to be surrounded by as an emerging artist.
BM: Are there any Australian/ New Zealand artists who you’ve been particularly inspired by, or would love to collaborate with?
Tulliah: Lately I’ve been really inspired by Tame Impala! He is definitely on my dream list of collabs holy moly.
BM: You’ve just released your latest single, and first release of the year; Just My Type (A Little Bit Lonely). What’s the message you want listeners to take away from the track?
Tulliah: I don’t necessarily have a particular message but I guess I would just love people to take away a feeling of comfort or relatedness.
BM: Beginning its life as a piano ballad called Imagine; what was that whole creative process for Just My Type (A Little Bit Lonely), from start to end?
Tulliah: Yeah, it did start off as a piano ballad called “Imagine”. A lot of the songs I was writing around the same time as “Imagine” were piano ballads also. I remember sitting at the piano and writing the first verse. I had no clue what it was about and it was mainly just mumbling with a few phrases. Something felt right about it though. When I went into the studio for the first day of working on the new project, Dean, my producer asked me what my favourite song of mine was. I told him it was ‘Imagine” – something I had kept to myself. I guess I talked myself into thinking it was shit just because of a couple negative comments. I was not very confident with judging my own music and often needed affirmation on whether it is good or not. During the process of making this record, I learnt that I need to fully get rid of all my doubts. Anyways, Dean and I started working on it that day and we kept it piano based. We made it two chords the whole way through and then switched to guitar. It still wasn’t feeling right so I made the decision to rewrite some of it. I pressed record on my phone and started jamming on the two chords with Dean and my close friend Sean in the room. The verses are pretty much the same as “Imagine” but then the pre choruses and choruses are different. From there we recorded a rough version with guitar, shaker, some harmonies and the farfisa bass coming in halfway. I was in loveee. I sat at the piano and wrote the missing lyrics over the melody and then it was just a matter of experimenting. We came up with the new name, mainly because we didn’t want the same name as John Lennon’s “Imagine” and also because it didn’t seem as fitting anymore. So then it became “Just My Type (A Little Bit Lonely)”. I could keep going on forever about all the little tiny steps that made it what it is but it would be way too long haha. I am very proud of this one and loved seeing all it’s different versions.
BM: Can you elaborate on the meaning behind the track?
Tulliah: I wrote it about falling for someone who you know isn’t good for you, but you still go there anyways. I used to be drawn to people who were a little bit broken. I think I felt like I could help them and I would put so much effort in mentally to do the best I could to cheer them up. It would turn into a cycle, where it would become a regular thing and I would get very tired mentally. That’s where the lyrics “You’re just my type, a little bit lonely” came from, because I’d be going for those people that were somewhat lost. It’s not about anyone in particular but various experiences I’ve had and seen, whether it was with friends, family or romantic relationships.
BM: What can we expect from you, musically, in 2021?
Tulliah: You can expect a debut EP which I am very excited about. I’ve also got two headline shows booked on Jan the 31st in Melbourne which have just sold out woooo! And you never know maybe some more music towards the end of the year, but we will see what happens :))
BM: What are some of your long-term goals for your career?
Tulliah: I’ve got a massive dreamboard hanging up in my room and one of the biggest things on their personally, is to play at The Royal Albert Hall and Glastonbury. I just wanna keep sharing music with the world and hopefully earn some money so that I can build a cute studio somewhere surrounded by nature and stunning views. The ultimate dream.
An absolute pleasure to chat to Tulliah and get to know her a little better; make sure to keep up with her, and her rising musical journey, on all her socials @tul_liah