We’ll occasionally be hosting interviews between two industry figures to gain insight into their creative processes. First up, Sydney singer-songwriter Phebe Starr interviews Nkechi Anele, singer of Melbourne indie-soul band Saskwatch.

The pair spoke candidly about female artist stereotypes, music education, what it means to be a vocalist and more.

Read the full transcript of the interview below:

Phebe: Can you tell me a little bit about how you got into music?

Nkechi: My dad is from Nigeria. I grew up with a lot of West African music being played in the house. My mom’s side of the family are all very much into the arts. I started doing singing lessons when I was in high school and then in my final year of high school I wanted to be a scientist but by the time I reached the end of the year I – music was probably the only subject that I was still very much in love with.

I auditioned for VCA (Victorian College of the Arts) and I got in and I met pretty much the entire Saskwatch band there.

Phebe: That’s a really organic way to get into the music industry. Did you study voice there?

Nkechi: Yes. I can read music and I can play very basic piano and I’m trying to learn how to play guitar this year. I’ve always wanted to play but I’ve been so scared to. But basically I am just a vocalist.