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Rachel Rachel

Given two first names by her parents, Rachel Rachel knew from a young age that she was born to have her name in lights. 

By Liz Trevaskis

The first single from her debut solo EP, ‘Not the Same’, recently took out NT Song of the Year in the electronic category. Liz Trevaskis caught up with the artist for Off The Leash.

Congratulations on your NT Song of the Year win! What was it like to be recognised in this way for your music after only a couple of years here in the NT? 
Thank you so much! I was incredibly stoked and completely humbled, considering the calibre of songwriters that I was recognised alongside.

How are you finding the music scene in the Territory so far? 
It’s really special. From the second I got here I was welcomed with open arms and have found such a thriving scene and incredibly supportive community. It is different to anywhere else that I’ve been in Australia. Even though we are so far removed geographically, there is a lot of opportunity up here.

You won Best Electro Song for the tune ‘Not the Same’. Can you tell us a little about this song? Why was this the one you chose to enter? 
I actually entered all six songs from my upcoming EP in the pop category. There were some pretty amazing songs entered this year, including the legend that is Gurrumul, who went on to win the category. At the last minute I entered two songs in the electronic category and both were shortlisted, so I was pretty glad that I did that! It’s one of my favourite songs, so that definitely contributed to the stoke of winning with that one. 

How are you feeling about releasing a recording?
I finished recording my debut EP Inertia a few months ago, so I’m ridiculously excited to finally release it out into the world! It is long, long overdue. There a few songs on it that I wrote many years ago, so I’m mostly excited to finally put them behind me and get to work on my next album. I have a lot of songs to get out there and a lot of time to make up! 

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