I tried getting a job at my local bakery during high school, but they wouldn't take me. I'd been writing songs since I was 13, but too nervous to sing and play in front of anyone. So it was then that I realised if a bakery wouldn't even take me then I'd give music a shot.
It's been a pretty full-on few years and I've come a long way since leaving MLC.
I've won a series of awards for my collaboration work with Axwell from Swedish House Mafia, Ivan Gough and Feenixpawl. Our song In My Mind has won an ARIA award, APRA award, a Grammy nomination, and has sold over a million copies worldwide. During that time I toured around Australia with my chums Ed Sheeran and Alpine, signed a publishing deal and a management deal, met Robert Conley, who I write a majority of my songs with (he introduced me to Depeche Mode, which is the music direction I'm most inspired by), and recently signed with Parlophone record label, which works closely with Tinie Tempah, Kylie Minogue and Coldplay.
We filmed my first official music video for my version of In My Mind, and my official EP titled In My Mind is available on iTunes worldwide, and in stores.
The Jane Campion mini TV series, Top of the Lake, which both myself and my music features in, has already aired in the US, UK and in Australia/NZ. And there's so much more to come. This is just the beginning!
I think the most defining moments for me are winning the prestigious awards that I have won so far. The judging panels are made up of some extremely talented people who know the music industry like the back of their hands. They are well-respected, music icons and to know that my music hits the right notes with them is a huge confidence boost. It's like a little message saying "Hey kiddo, you're on the right track, keep it up."
I was a weirdo at school (in a good way), I liked to joke around and be the class clown. Maths was definitely not my strong point; I was a creative mind and I loved English, Biology and History.
My family and friends were great, and still are; they supported me from the beginning and I think even my teachers knew I was destined for something creative and out-there.
Be yourself, believe in yourself, and follow your dreams; because they definitely come true.