Generations Fellowship
Romæo holding flowers
Generations Fellow, Romæo. Photo by: Matt Sitas

Current Fellow: Romæo

Romæo creates experimental art-pop, reminiscent of several artists and sounds but bound to none. Drawing influence from FKA twigs, Charli XCX, and Jockstrap, romæo creates a dystopian digital landscape that is both enthralling and somewhat uncomfortable. With only two singles under her belt, romæo has already impressed fans and industry, receiving rotation on FBi and SYN Radio, as well as plays on the js.

On Beginning the Fellowship

January 

Had my first meeting with Astral People which was great so that we could begin planning what to achieve this year. I went into the meeting wanting to discuss collaboration opportunities with producers and songwriters. I also wanted to begin discussing what would be my next single.

We left this meeting with some key actions for both parties, mainly to do with organisation and pursuit of opportunities. I’m working on tidying up my demos and getting them all together so we can explore potential collaborations.

A woman is behind a microphone giving the peace symbol of holding up two fingers

Detail of studio set-up including, a table, chairs, laptop and speakers with purple lighting.

Recording Vocals and Studio Set-up. Photos courtesy of romaeo

Although exciting, January has also been a bit hectic. Getting back into the swing of things and trying to work out what exactly I wanted to achieve felt a bit stressful. Over this six month fellowship period, I am also completing my Honours in music, and I’m not sure that is a blessing or a curse. I’m working on a concept album about beauty and so I’ve been able to use the space to help develop my tracks and really hone in on the production.

The Dream of Happiness by Constance Mayer 1819. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

February

February has been really exciting as we begin to get things moving. I’ve begun getting into a routine of coming into the studio and smashing out some work. Through my chats with Astral, I have decided on the next single and am getting in touch with the necessary people to make this happen. I had a tour of the Powerhouse collection with curator Damian McDonald. From a personal and musical standpoint, this was a really interesting and inspiring. I find a lot of inspiration from art and culture around me so this was a great opportunity.

Images: 1) Curator Damian introducing me to some of the beautiful instruments in the Powerhouse’s basement collection area.2) Beautiful horn from an old gramophone. 3) Me afraid to touch anything.

This month I also ‘hosted my first collaboration in the studio with artist AnSo. It was super exciting to be able to invite someone to a space where we could focus on creating something great. Vic and Tom introduced me to some of the guys that work at Believe, which is an awesome music distribution and artist services company. I got an insight into the type of work they do and overall just got to have a great chat. Vic, Tom and I began discussing plans for the upcoming single. I ran over some of the ideas I had and we were able to come up with an action plan. We were also able to lock in some sessions with other producers and songwriters.