Skye Staniford

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First time you ever listened to 4ZZZ?

I moved from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane with my whole band (at the time, being Golden Virtues) in about 2005, so I tuned in around then. Better late than never. I'd been working on a street press mag called Tsunami and we'd distribute it throughout Brisbane in a little ute. Along with 4ZzZ radio I discovered venues like the Troubadour, the Zoo and the Healer; music shops like Skinnys & Rockinghorse and festivals like Livid & Market Day ALL around that time. It was mindblowing, like going down the rabbit hole. As much as I loved the ocean and missed my mates, I never really looked back.

First time you were ever played on 4ZZZ?

When Golden Virtues released our first album Triple Zed started spinning it. I was elated.

I'm in three bands at the moment - We All Want To, Sabrina Lawrie and the Hunting Party and Mexico City. I've also started a side project with Ben Hale from the Loveless Union. We co wrote at a songwriting retreat called Wild Mountains (curated by the amazing Emma Bosworth) last month and what we came up with was too good not to continue. Being in bands is a huge part of my life but a goal for this year is to put myself out there as a solo artist. I've got so many songs and my music is quite different from any of my other projects. I've been involved with tonnes of bands over the years and I'm so grateful to say that Triple Zed has supported every single one of them with airplay and promo. We All Want To played the Zeds 40th birthday bash, a career highlight! It's weird to say but I genuinely love Zeds with all my heart. It's like a friend. When I meet announcers out in the world I go all gushy and fangirl. Even my dog Mabel is a subscriber.

First gig you ever played?

I can't even remember! I do remember the first time I ever plucked up the courage to sing in front of my peers, sitting around a fire at a party. I think I sang Alabama by Neil Young. It was like jumping out of a plane. Thrilling. People responded so warmly, I knew in that moment that I always wanted to sing and share music with people. The emotional exchange can be so powerful.

Funniest on-stage f##k up?

I fuck up in some way at every gig. I keep it pretty real.

If you could play with one band/muso (dead or alive) in the 4ZZZ carpark who +why?

That's a real tough one. I love so many musicians I can't even wrap my head around it. I've been on a bit of a Morphine binge lately so I'll say the dearly departed Mark Sandman and his sexy slide bass and baritone vocals (with Dana Colley on tenor sax, of course). I'll just listen.

What is the kewlest/ most definitive feature of  your group/ musical project?

My words and the way I sing them, it's almost uncomfortably honest. There are particular songs I can't get through without crying. I'm good at making people cry. It can get pretty dark.