Wallace on horticulture, the homeland and collaborating with friends

May 30th 2017


  • Wallace :: Interview with Lana Wylie


Sydney via Wellington songstress Wallace recently launched her single ‘Diaspora’ to a sold out Brighton Up Bar. She joined The Bridge to chat with Lana Wylie about horticulture, the homeland and a lifelong love of jazz.


If you hear a Wallace song once, you’ll know her voice forever. Over the past few years, Wallace Gollan has imprinted her tattoo-like tones on fans of future jazz and neo-soul in the best possible way. Referencing sounds of the past with her own a modern flair, her voice grows even more rich and complex with every listen.

One friend and admirer is going so far as to breed a new type of flower for each of her songs. The gesture is inspiration for her single ‘Raffled Roses’.

Wallace’s latest bloom is her single ‘Diaspora’, which she recently launched to a sold out Brighton Up Bar. Produced by Crooked Letter, the song explores both artists’ heritage. The process of looking back while projecting forward is a hallmark of her work.


“We wanted to work together and [Crooked Letter] sent me this beat…and he’d sampled Nigerian funk, which is his background. And I was like, ‘Hey, let’s make this about where we’re from.’ And I’ve always felt a really strong connection to Scotland through Dad.”


Wallace shares this philosophy with a number of emerging Sydney musicians. Artists such as Sampa the Great, Godriguez, and New Venusians are as much friends as they are collaborators.


“We’re all really good mates and there’s lots of jam sessions that happen where we all jump up on stage and hang out.”


It’s highly recommended that you get yourself to one of these stages ASAP. Wallace’s recorded music is one thing, but her live performances are something else. Listen back to the full chat above.

WHO: Wallace w/ Winston Surfshirt + Mohi
WHERE: Oxford Art Factory
WHEN: Friday June 23