Yes yes I know it has been way too long since I’ve posted at all, let alone the last tgfs x who’s that girl.
But, rest assured, I’m back and excited to present my next guest on the post, Lucia Tummillo Haškovec.
I’m not going to lie, when I reached out to Lucia, it was a little nostalgic. We met back in 2004 when we started high school in Sydney’s inner west (can’t believe that was nearly 15 years ago!)
I remember sitting behind her in Italian at school, playing indoor soccer together, and watching what seemed like the scariest movie I’d ever seen, Gothica, at her house.
Lucia was always such a fun person to be around and I loved being her friend. I always remember she never took life too seriously and her sense of humour was so welcoming- especially at an all-girls’ school. Lucia has the most amazing voice and I’m so bummed that I missed her latest gig due to a tummy bug.
I’m not a huge fan of Facebook as I feel it’s not just overwhelming filled with advertising, but one thing I do love about it is being able to see what my friends of the past are up to. In the last decade and a half, I’ve seen Lucia has been super busy and achieved a lot and I loved catching up with her to find out what she’s been up to.
WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN UP TO SINCE GRADUATING SCHOOL IN 2009?
Since Graduating I have completed 2 degrees, gigged professionally both nationally and internationally, became a secondary teacher, started a company, bought a property in Sydney, got married, had a baby and travelled around Europe, Asia and Australia.
WHERE DID YOUR PASSION FOR MUSIC COME FROM?
As a child I was always surrounded by music; my mum would always play popular music around the house & my dad played the guitar in a cover band and at our local church. My parents loved listening to me sing and would always encourage me to explore my voice, perform whenever possible and discover new music. As time went on my passion for music grew.
HOW DOES IT FEEL WHEN YOU’RE UP ON STAGE SINGING?
Being able to entertain people whilst exploring your craft and being as creative as you like is a feeling like no other.
WHAT HAS BEEN A CAREER HIGHLIGHT FOR YOU?
Starting my own company with my husband. We were getting booked for many gigs and having to put together various bands and decided that it would be best to start up our own booking agency whereby we put together custom bands for functions and events. This notion of customising a band to cater to a client’s needs is what separated us from any other working bands at the time and is what has made us so successful over the years.
HOW HARD WAS IT TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS?
Initially, it is quite difficult to get your name out there, not to mention the time and money that goes into promo and marketing. However, to do what you love every day is what makes the hard work all worth it.
WHAT’S A COMMON MISCONCEPTION PEOPLE HAVE OF SINGERS?
The most common misconception that I hear about vocalists and performers is that being a musician is not a “real” job. Yes, we may only have a few 4 hour performances a week, but the time and hard work that we have had to put into mastering our craft, learning material and maintaining our skills, not to mention organising music and bands are all “unpaid” work that we have to do behind the scenes every day.
WHERE CAN WE HEAR YOUR WORK?
I have not released any originals as of yet as that had never been my goal as a working musician. However, last year I started working on an EP with my husband William and our good friend Tom Lindner. I have had to take a short break from it after the birth of my beautiful baby girl Ilaria, but plan on recommencing writing in November.
YOU’VE RECENTLY BECOME A MUM,
HOW HAS YOUR DAUGHTER INFLUENCED YOUR MUSIC?
Having Ilaria was the best New Year’s Resolution that my Husband and I have ever made, but in terms of her influencing my music, I think it’s a little too early to tell.
WHAT’S IN STORE FOR LUCIA IN THE FUTURE?
My plan is to complete my ep by the end of the year and start releasing and performing my original music in 2019.
+ THE SPEEDY SIX:
FAVOURITE PLACE TO EAT IN SYDNEY: The Malaya on King Street Wharf
FAVOURITE BAR: The Belgian Beer Café Heritage in the Rocks
FAVOURITE SPOT IN SYDNEY: Newington Armory Sydney Olympic Park
WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO: I am giving Muse’s new album “Simulation Theory” a go.
THE LAST BOOK YOU READ: “What To Expect: The First Year” by Heidi Murkoff
YOUR LIFE MOTTO: “When one chapter ends a bridge appears & then you cross that bridge & make lemonade out of a molehill” – Winston Bishop
So the next time you’re looking for a singer with it all, be sure to reach out to Lucia and Solar Music!