One year on from her debut album, English Rose, and a further four since her first EP, Connie Constance has set up her own record label and cemented a tight-knit, creative support network. In doing so, she’s finally carved the space to be authentically herself.
The ethos behind her new label Jump The Fence is “all about taking the risk, pushing yourself; having no fear and just going for it.”
We caught up with Connie to chat about quarantine, her striking hair and shredding waves.
How are you finding the change in routine since lockdown?
Positives for me would be I’m spending more time working out and practicing guitar. Negatives would be my insomnia is back tenfold. Which is annoying as I had really managed to sort that out.
What would you recommend people do in all the ‘spare’ time they are now experiencing?
I wrote down a bunch of things. But I think people should always try to do what makes them feel happiest and if some of that good energy can go into helping others…Whether it be your brother or sister or a whole community of people then that’s nice. Make your mum a tea. I dunno. I would be lying if I said that you shouldn’t be strengthening your talents or skills. Cause this is prime time to spend those 10,009765 hours or whatever. But I do get it when people say sleeping is a hobby. I just play guitar in my bed. You get best of both worlds.
What inspires you?
I really love travelling and meeting new people. Where I’m from is a small suburb town and when I’m there too long I feel caged in. I guess it’s like a fear that this is all I’m ever gonna see. So when I travel I feel elite. Like I’m really living in my potential. And then what’s emotional is that when I tour I meet all these beautiful faces that are either from similar backgrounds or have been through the same shit and then it’s like this gigantic circle of freeing the bird. Like now I can make them feel elite and like they are living in their potential.
Has being in quarantine affected your mental health in any way? If so, what do you do to overcome those feelings?
Dude, this insomnia situation is really annoying me. I think cause I have music releases and fun stuff on the horizon the rest of my mental health has been pretty impenetrable. But I cannot sleep. I had insomnia since a child so I know like every trick in the book and none of them are working. Sorry to vent right here right now. But if anyone sees this that can’t sleep, then you are not bludclart alone. I would say dm me but turning your phone off is a trick so yeah… Sleep fairies, I’m sorry for whatever wrong I have done to you, but 10pm tonight lets chat about it, let’s get some closure.
We love your hair! Can you share a hair care tip with us?
Ooooo main tip is leave it alone. Not literally, but literally too much washing, treatments, braiding, steaming etc. I’m no hair expert… But me and my hurrrr we go way back and she likes a treatment every two to three weeks, loosely braided and left to do her damn thing. I only put heat on her when it’s her time to shine wid the big fro. But thank you. It’s been a journey but I love her too.
When you get a moment to PAUSE, what do you do for fun?
New found love is surfing. I guess that’s not a physical pause. But it defo slows down time. Shredding waves man. I’m awful btw, I dunno why I think I can use their lingo when I can only just about stand up. But when I do stand up it’s lit.
What is your favourite ‘at home’ outfit?
My ‘felt’ butterfly tracksuit.
What song makes you feel happiest?
SAME OLD BOBBY SAME OLD BEAT. If you know, you know.
If you could be anywhere on earth, where would you be and why?
Right now, I would 100% be in Bali. There would literally be no better place to be in quarantine. It’s quite westernised now though, so I hope the locals are doing okay. Shout out to Wayan; me and Savs surfs teacher.
What can we expect from you for 2020?
Some of the best lemonade I’ve ever made.