Featured Artist: Tal Wilkenfeld

Written by Jay-Dee on 7th January, 2020
Featured Artist: Tal Wilkenfeld

Australian bass virtuoso Tal Wilkenfeld certainly knows how to slap a da bass man. She's been the go-to bass player for the likes of Jeff Beck and Prince and has performed with jazz greats including Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea.

Our pals at Bluesfest we're lucky enough to catch up with Tal as she prepares to make her way back Down Under this Easter.

Check out the full interview below.

1. What's the most memorable gig you've ever played?

The first show I did singing my music when I opened for The Who. It was just such a shock, in the best possible way, going from only playing a handful of gigs with my band in clubs, to performing to packed arenas.

2. What are five tracks your loving at the moment?

They don't change really. Anything off of "Songs Af Love And Hate" or "Songs From A Room" by Leonard Cohen or anything off of "Blonde On Blonde" or "Bringing It All Back Home" by Bob Dylan. There is a lot of great music happening at the moment as well.

I'm highly impressed by Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas.

3. What does a typical day off look like for you?

I rarely get a day off. Usually, a day off is a travel day. I try to leave enough time in my schedule to meditate. I usually meditate for 20 minutes before each show. I am also a foodie, so I love discovering great places to eat out on the road.

4. You're heading to Bluesfest Byron Bay for the first time this Easter. As an Aussie, what's it like returning to your homeland?

Believe it or not, I've never been to Byron Bay before, which is strange seeing as how I'm from Sydney. I'm so excited to go because I already know it's gonna be one of my favourite places, based on what I've heard about Byron. I'm also excited to see all my friends and family. I don't get to Australia as often as I'd like to.

5. Is there any artist on the Bluesfest lineup that you're looking forward to seeing yourself?

I wanna see John Butler because I saw him when I first started playing music, and I'd love to tell him about the positive impact he had on me. Ani DiFranco 'cause I've never seen her. Buffy Sainte Marie- she is one of my all-time favourite singers. John Prine is one of my favourites. Patti Smith and Her Band, cause I've only ever seen her sing one song live, Dweezil Zappa, Dave Mathews, Cory Henry, and Devon Allman are all pals so it'll be nice to see them too.

Tal Wilkenfeld performs headline dates at Howler in Melbourne and Oxford Art Factory in Sydney, alongside her performance this April at Bluesfest.

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