ELIZA HULL - MUSICIAN
I grew up in Wodonga. I really loved it, I met people there who are still my closest friends. My school had a great music program, and I felt really accepted and supported. I have to say when I turned eighteen I was still desperate to get out, I remember packing all my bags into my car and driving down the Hume to Melbourne with Sheryl Crow’s ‘Eeveryday is a Winding Road’ up full volume. It was bliss feeling that first taste of complete freedom.
The first song that made an impression was ‘Nothing Compares to You’ by Sinead O’Connor. My dad had it playing in the car, and I just had to close my eyes and let it sink it. Her voice had such emotion. I remember thinking I would love to sing it one day, and now I do. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIvQVh53_mU
The first time I performed for an audience, I was five years old. I was walking down the corridor at school and my music teacher yelled out and asked if I could sing in the local eisteddfod as someone had pulled out. I sang ‘Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport’ in front of about fifty people and won first prize. I remember feeling so happy and knew at that moment it was something I wanted to keep doing.
I was given a piano when I was thirteen by a family friend when she passed away. It’s an incredible piano and I still write on it today. The day I received it I wrote my first song called ‘Hello Goodbye’. It’s about that feeling you get when you love someone, but you also feel hurt by them.
I am inspired by my partner and daughter, wine, other artists’ music, books, Castlemaine, travel and friends.
I studied a Bachelor Of Communications (Media.) I remember when I was young I wrote in my diary that I wanted to be a singer and a journalist and in a sense both of these careers have been my focus of late. I have had lots of jobs; I worked at Australian Poetry in the Wheeler Centre as a project manager, I have been a music publicist, and written for music magazines such as Beat. I am also a qualified teacher and have taught music in Parkville College (Youth Justice Centre).
Charcot–Marie–Tooth disease (CMT) is a motor and sensory neuropathy of the peripheral nervous system characterised by progressive loss of muscle tissue and touch sensation across various parts of the body. It affects me in the way I walk, I also have a lot of muscle loss and lack of sensation. I was diagnosed when I was about ten years old, but first started showing symptoms when I was five.
At the moment I am producing an audio series for ABC called ‘We’ve Got This: Parenting with a Disability’ for Life Matters and ABC Life. When I was pregnant with my daughter Isobel I felt unrepresented in all of the countless parenting books. There was absolutely nothing out there that showed parents with disabilities. So I had the idea to tell these stories in a way that accurately represents each family’s life, whilst also challenging the stigmas and stereotypes that comes with parenting with a disability. I have enjoyed it so much, it’s been wonderful travelling around Australia meeting these families and sharing their stories. I have had incredible feedback from listeners, my favourite so far is when people say that the series has changed their views and perceptions, that makes me really excited!
Before moving here, I lived in Melbourne with my partner. When we had our daughter we felt like our small apartment in Preston wasn’t cutting it, so my partner ended up getting a job transfer to work in education at Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre. We fell in love with Castlemaine instantly, it truly is the best place to live. The people who live here are what make it so special for us.
My new EP, ‘How We Disappeared’ is about the transition from Melbourne to Castlemaine. It’s about disappearing into a new phase of my life; whilst that can feel kind of scary, it’s also very exciting. The EP also looks back at old memories in a nostalgic way, but lands firmly in the present time with tracks about my daughter and my partner.
Plans for the future: My audio series will finish in December, as will my EP tour, and to be honest I am unsure what will come next year. I am excited for the future, I am sure what comes will be what I am supposed to be doing.
Favourite things to do in the area: Have breakfast at North Kitchen, walk around the botanical gardens, have dinner in the beer garden at the Bridge and see live music at the Theatre Rpyal.
Tips for people thinking of moving out here: Come! You won’t regret it.
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