Completing first EP 'humbling' for musician

Dunedin singer-songwriter Kylie Price with her new EP, which will be released tomorrow. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Dunedin singer-songwriter Kylie Price with her new EP, which will be released tomorrow. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.

For many musicians, completing their first EP is a challenging but rewarding experience.

And while the same is true for Dunedin singer-songwriter Kylie Price, she says her overwhelming emotion has been one of humility.

The 20-year-old singer will launch her first EP, titled Kylie Price - Wanderer//Wonderer on Sunday evening at Luna, in Dunedin.

The University of Otago music student spent much of last year working to raise the $18,000 needed to record the EP, and said it had been a humbling experience because she could not have completed it without the financial support and goodwill of Dunedin people.

''It feels real good. There was a lot of hard work went into it.

''It's humbling and rewarding to see people have supported me enough to see it come to fruition.''

She had talked about making a CD since she was 16, and decided to make an EP (extended play) rather than an LP (full studio album) because she wanted to use it as an introduction, Price said.

''I thought an EP was a good start - a really good introduction to me, what I sound like and the nature of my music.''

The EP was recorded last December in Sydney and was produced by Bill Chambers - the father of country singer Kasey Chambers.

The recording contains six tracks - five of which were penned by Price, and a cover of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah.

Much of the inspiration for her songwriting came from her part-time job as a librarian at Kavanagh College, Price said.

''The job is great because I love to read. Reading gives me inspiration for my writing.

''It's a big influence. I'm in the right place.''

Price will complete her University of Otago music degree this year and plans to return to Sydney in April to continue her songwriting in the hope of recording her first LP.

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