Tulliah on the relationships that matter, recording ‘Fre$h Hugs’ and the perils of beans in the studio

May 24th 2021

  • Tulliah :: Interview with Chris Twite

Fre$h Hugs is a six-track EP stacked with emotion, storytelling, and heavy themes of mental health and relationships. You wouldn’t be blamed for thinking it was written by a seasoned artist, years into their career. Fre$h Hugs is 19-year-old Tulliah’s debut project, written in high school and recorded during Victoria’s lockdown. Hailing from the Mornington Peninsula, Tulliah trekked north and joined Chris Twite in the studio before her Oxford Art Factory headline show earlier this month.

“It’s crazy, it’s been a big journey and I would not have thought that I’d be playing my own headline shows in another state”

Tulliah shows a huge breadth of love towards people on Fre$h Hugs, but she’s never been in a romantic relationship. Instead, she seeks inspiration from her friends and family in her writing. With so much love coming her way, it would be a waste to wait for it in romantic form to express herself.

“I draw a lot of my inspiration from the people around me… I’ve never experienced love romantically, but I think I must draw it from the love that I have for my family and my friends”

Sleeping at the studio for weeks, living off only beans and stir fry, Tulliah recorded Fre$h Hugs last year with producer Dean Tuza (Stella Donnelly, The Rubens). Listen back to her interview with Chris Twite above to hear about her recording process, love and betrayal during a coma and a stunning live performance of ‘Okay’.

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