Samsaruh has already shared the stage with major acts like Hot Dub Time Machine, Peking Duk and Slumberjack, but she still gets excited when she sees who she’ll be performing alongside at new festivals.
The 20-year-old singer songwriter from Melbourne also admitted she’s been keeping an eye on the This That line-ups since its debut in 2015, and “can’t quite believe” her name is part of the festival’s fourth year.
“There’s so many amazing names already coming to This That for 2018, and it’s kind of a bit surreal and lucky that I’ve been included in that,” Samsaruh said. “I was having a look at the other artists that had been announced and getting excited about playing alongside, people like Amy Shark.”
“I think [This That] is a really cool festival, I’ve been loving it for years, and now I get to share in its story.”
Samsaruh, who recently released her newest single Speaking Fire, confirmed she’d be bringing her popular tracks to Wickham Park in November, and said she was looking forward to sharing a live version of her newer music.
“They’re all so fun to perform, and I’m really looking forward to getting to share Speaking Fire,” she said. “I always have a good time when I get to sing and play, and Beautiful Killer and Golden to Thrive of course are really cool to play at festivals.”
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“In terms of covers, I’m not one hundred per cent sure what I’m doing yet, but I might try my hand at a few if I can,” she added with a laugh.
“I honestly am just looking forward to getting to Newcastle, feeling the vibe and having a really good party – I used to look out for all the This That announcements and you guys always get really good bands coming to town. I want to share that happy feeling I’ve got with everyone when I play.”
Although This That is the next thing on the horizon that Novocastrian punters can enjoy, Samsaruh also confirmed she’s been working on “tons of songs” that she’s chomping at the bit to release.
“I’m always working on new stuff, I just enjoy getting music together, and I have so many songs that I just want to get out there now and start sharing, to the point where I kind of have to slow myself down,” she said.
“New music is always really fun, and I have tons of songs that I can’t wait to show everyone. Right now I’m performing, but there’s two parts of being an artist and being in the studio is the other part of that.
“It’s so amazing because it’s a chance to really play with it and get so much emotion into all the tracks.”
Samsaruh will play at This That at Wickham Park on November 3.