artistic duo, DizzyGotheca, demonstrates that
and never-ending diversity in Australian music is alive and well.
The band’s edgy and experimental electronic
effects give the band its signature sound. The duo comprises
Heidi Millington (lead vocals and keys) and Anthony Smith (vocals,
and the sound effects
of electronic beats and drones).
unique sound can reflect pain and confusion by having multiple
layers of dark and electronic rhythms. Anthony’s electronic music
skills bring a mixture of chaotic electronic insanity.
Some of the band’s music has a very eerie, churchy feel to
it, while other parts have a great beat that sticks in your head. Their
music can also create a chilled-out atmosphere.
and versatile vocals have even been compared to the sound of the
‘wailing of mermaids’.
Given all the
crazy experimental sounds, their music is very structured and
“We don’t really fit into a category, we are a little bit too
structured to fit into the electro-clash, and we are a little too
strange for some people who like straight rock,” comments Heidi.
name stems from a plant! Heidi explains, "But it fits us well. 'Dizzy'
kind of relates to the band messing around with electronics, and 'Gotheca'
gothic themes which are strong influences for me, a darker, broody, moody type of music. The
band also enjoys experimenting with electronic beats; not just
normal beats but strange beats that are twisted in different ways.”
drawing from some influences of the past and also making music that
is personal and new. “Because we combine unorthodox beats and noise
with melody, we are different to many bands who are playing in
Brisbane and other places at the moment. But you can still
hear influences of course, such as Curve,
Tori Amos, Bjork, NIN,
Aphex Twin, Kate Bush, Portishead and also local bands like
Collapsicon, Monster Zoku Onsomb to name just several", says Heidi.
band writes its own music and occasionally does cover versions,
often making the original songs almost unrecognisable. “With electronic music there
is many different things you can bring into it easily, so you can use a lot
of intuition. It’s very easy to create what you want to hear.
Because you have all these different virtual instruments that you can use,
little less rigid than the guitar,” explains Heidi.
music and performance highlight that they both have
experience behind them, and are in tune with each other. So
what makes it work with them? “We are both really
committed to our music, and reliable," says Heidi. The
pair knew they would hit it off when they discovered they
both loved Kate Bush. “We have such similar tastes in music
and Anthony is such a nice person. We often send each other
lyrics, and when we get together they become a song. It
usually does not become a song until the music is there. We
also have the same problems with men lately and have
similar experiences that we can write about!” laughs Heidi.
a mutual contact,
Heidi and Anthony ended up as a duo in March 2005. Heidi feels
that Anthony and herself really jell. She thinks having two people
in the band is a real good dynamic.
began her love for music at an early age, and began playing
the piano at the age of six. “There was a while where I did
not realise that you don’t have to be ‘perfect, perfect!’
When I was around 24, I finally said that ‘I’m good enough,
I can do this’, and that was actually with the guitar. You
just have to share it with people and then it grows. Back
then I thought I had to be some legend, amazing guitarist, a
technical stunning thing, right from the start, but with music you learn by
mistakes and just keep striving for excellence,” says Heidi.
"And sometimes it is the simplest music that is the most
talent does not stop at music. She is a DJ on 4ZZZ, and is
currently studying at Griffith University (PhD in
Environmental Engineering). Heidi actively supports
Engineers Without Borders,
and is passionate about reaching out to the community, and
making the world a better place for everyone. She also supports
and has performed at events for them, and believes in the rights of animals.
band currently has a demo CD and is aiming at recording a
studio CD. They plan to tour Australia, concentrating on
Melbourne and Sydney. The band hopes to take a couple of
their favourite bands with them on tour (one being another
upcoming Brisbane duo, the talented ‘This Winter’). It is
apparent from the style of DizzyGotheca that
Brisbane music has an excellent variety of talent which is making
its mark in the Australian music industry.
DizzyGotheca website is
Article and photos by Chrissy
Layton, AusNotebook Music & Creative (23/6/06)
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