What: Marta Pacek
When: Friday, February 28
Where: Babushka Lounge
MARTA Pacek started playing music relatively late.
"When I was young, my music teacher said my hands were too small to play guitar so I kind of gave up and never expected to be able to play," Pacek said.
"I was 21 when I made the decision to play guitar again and one of my friends said, aren't you too old to be starting an instrument?"
Whether or not she was a late bloomer, one thing is for sure - Pacek has indeed bloomed into a wonderful musician.
Moving from Canberra to Melbourne, she said she promised herself to pursue a creative road and that's exactly what she did.
Now, having toured extensively across Australia, Canada and the US, the Polish-born Australian has released her latest album Voodoo Dolls and False Alarms, which sees her take her creativity one step further.
"This album has a little bit more pop and electronic drum beats throughout, which has taken me out of my comfort zone," she said.
"I love listening to it and I'm really happy with how it turned out."
Pacek said there were several different genres on her album, including alternative country, roots and folk with a few of the tracks taking on a Quentin Tarantino sound.
"I often think a few of the tracks would be brilliant for one of his movies and I do tend to write for his movies," she said.
With stunning vocals and roots charm, Pacek allows her audience to feel a little more human with every story she shares.
She said her lyrics were inspired by the experiences of those she met, whether friend or stranger.
"The more interesting my friends are and the more wild their experiences, the better," she said.
"As long as I continue to take risks and put myself out there and embrace other people's stories, I'll always have something to write about."