Spotlight On: The McClymonts, Suze DeMarchi and Brenton Broadstock, our new APRA AMCOS Ambassadors

Monday, 31 Aug 2015

The McClymonts, Suze DeMarchi and Brenton Broadstock are our newest APRA AMCOS Ambassadors. Here they share the stories of and meaning behind the musical creations they are most proud of.

The McClymonts

With an APRA Music Award, two ARIAs and eight Golden Guitars under their belt, Brooke, Sam and Molly from The McClymonts make a winning team. The songs they write together, as well as the songs they write individually, continue to resonate with audiences. 

For Brooke McClymont, ‘Feel Like Going Home’ is the song that stands out from her extensive songwriting repertoire. Released on The McClymont’s 2012 album Two Worlds Collide, she admits, “it was one of the first honest songs I wrote about how I was feeling being away from home and on the road.”

“We were two hours outside of New York. The girls caught a bus to check out the city for the day. I was just really tired and missing home so I went outside, sat down and started writing the chorus exactly how I was feeling.” 

“You only see the high heels and the glory, way up here” is Brooke’s favourite lyric in the song, pointing to her sense of optimism despite the sense of melancholy in which inspiration for the song first struck. “For me, this lyric means that no matter how ugly and lonely it can get, I love that we’re not stuck in one place. We are always learning and seeing new things – that is the kind of freedom you can’t buy.”

Mollie McClymont wrote her favourite song ‘Blood Is Thicker Than Water’ in a studio session, with a clear intention in mind. The fact that The McClymonts are sisters is a point of difference they are often asked about. This song was written as a creative response. “I think this song sums us up perfectly,” says Mollie. “It takes me back – it’s about our childhood and what it was like growing up in Grafton.” 

“There we were in our backyard, dreaming big underneath the stars” is her favourite lyric. “That’s exactly where all our dreams were made - right there in our backyard. Even though we were from a small town, we had huge dreams and we were able to make them come true.”

It’s not surprising that Sam McClymont’s favourite song is ‘Forever Begins Tonight’. It was written for her husband-to-be shortly after they were engaged. “It was one of the quickest songs we had ever written because we had such a focus - the wedding. We wanted people to be transported back to the day they got married or be excited about their upcoming nuptials,” says Sam.

“I cried the day you asked me to be your wife, I couldn’t imagine that my life could start with a kiss and I do,” is her favourite lyric. “We had already been together for five years before we got engaged and I thought nothing would really change,” Sam explains. “…but I suddenly felt it was a new adventure and we were becoming our very own unbreakable team. We were in this together more than ever.” It’s a sentiment that still resonates with Sam and the audiences she performs to. “It always gives me goose bumps when we play it on stage. People always come up after the show and tell us they have used or are using it at their wedding - it's so nice that your music can be part of someone’s special day.”

Suze DeMarchi

Suze De Marchi

Best known as the frontwoman of iconic Australian rock band Baby Animals, Suze De Marchi admits that her song ‘Painless’ is what she’s most proud of writing. Released in 1991, ‘Painless’ is the third track off the Baby Animals debut self-titled album that went on to sell more than 800,000 copies worldwide. However, like many success stories the beginnings of ‘Painless’ were humble and the ideas came quietly. “I was sitting in my bedroom in a friend’s place I was staying at in Chatswood after a trip home from LA,” says Suze.  “The lyrics and melody came all at once.” Later on, the band worked together to grow the song into the rock anthem it became. While the song sprung from Suze's personal experience, the sentiments expressed are universal. "It's about my first real love and loss," says Suze. "It's straight from the heart...realising that you can't go through life and love without pain." 

Brenton Broadstock

Brenton Broadstock

‘Stars In A Dark Night’ and ‘Born From Good Angel's Tears’ are two orchestral works that stand out for Brenton Broadstock. “They are very different pieces in the way they are constructed,” he says. “But both exemplify my interest in social conscience issues and are a fair expression of who I am as an artist and person.” 

As a classical composer, lyrics aren’t a focus for Brenton. However his works are often inspired by literary sources. The spark for ‘Stars In A Dark Knight’ came from Ivor Gurney’s poetry. “It portrays his battle with mental illness and suffering in the First World War. It’s a fast, aggressive piece, constantly in turmoil.” ‘Born From Good Angel’s Tears’ came from a poem about disabled children. “It’s dedicated to my own son who is disabled. It’s a work that is slow moving, lyrical and poignant and is a reflection on my own capacity to deal with unresolved sadness,” says Brenton. 

Positive emotions and experiences also form the basis for his compositions, with some works celebrating family life. ‘My Feet Want To Dance But My Eyes Want To Sleep’ is about his youngest son’s 21st birthday pub crawl, for example. “Where would I be without music? It makes me happy, it makes me sad, it makes me realise how good life can be and it certainly helps me get through the tough times.” 

Check out the full list of APRA AMCOS Ambassadors here

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