When your song reaches 141 million Youtube hits, you could be forgiven for patting yourself on the back.
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But despite gaining some serious traction in Europe, Melbourne’s “high priestess of soul” and vocalist for This Girl alongside Kungs vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners, Kylie Auldist has remained firmly attached to planet Earth.
She said it was great to see the song mixed in a way that resonated with the overseas youth market, but wasn’t too concerned about the millions of hits it was getting.
“I don’t really understand all that stuff. What does it mean, it means someone is making money but I’m not,” she joked.
“In some ways it has translated to me going overseas and singing that song to people – I’ve been to Europe, England and Wales three times this year and it looks like I may go to Portugal at the end of this year and I’m doing an Australian tour at the moment.”
She said soul and funk seemed to have an enduring effect in Australia.
“A friend sent me a clip of a friend of theirs playing and with the wah-wah pedals and it took me back to the 90s in Fitzroy and I thought is’ so great the kids are keeping it alive,” she said.
“Transatlantic, The Cactus Channel, Mayfield – they’re coming to it later in life. It used to all be rock and now they’re going to soul and funk.”
Auldist said the real reason the music was so popular was because of its heavy bass grooves.
“When you hear that bass it’s like oh, that’s what I want, and you can’t get enough of it,” she said.
“Soul of course is fantastic for storytelling but funk is sex music. Its dirty, it’s down, I don’t even care what I’m talking about, I’m going to say what I feel and you’re going to dance to it, it’s subliminal messaging.”
Lauded locally, Auldist is also known as the vocalist for The Bamboos and her music has featured in television shows including Satisfaction, Bondi Rescue and Packed To The Rafters.
She has also collaborated with the likes of Kate Cebrano, Renee Geyer and Jimmy Barnes.
Auldist will perform at Suttons House of Music on November 4, supported by New Zealand artist Aaradhna.
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