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JUST SAY CC
CC Martini released her debut album, All The Way, in 2008.
Shock invested heavily in the record and it should have
been a smash. The Howzat! review stated: "CC Martini is
sassy … she deserves to be Australia's hip hop queen." We
also loved her wicked sense of humour, quoting a line from
Dirty Thoughts: "I've been to all-girls boarding schools
for six years or more/ No matter what the nuns taught me,
I still act like a whore." Five years later, CC has resurfaced
in LA, releasing a poptastic new album, Girl Scout (available
now on iTunes and through justsaycc.bandcamp.com). "I came
here in search of what I call 'phase two'," CC says, "and
I was on the run from drowning in credit card debt! I've
always wanted to move to the States; it just took a while
to do it." She's now just "CC". "CC Martini seemed like
its own little era that I was ready to separate from," she
explains. "I wanted to start fresh."
CC made Girl Scout with No Doubt's Stephen Bradley. "We
met 10 years ago when he was in Australia on No Doubt's
Rock Steady tour. After the show we hung out back stage
and rapped to each other all night." They reconnected in
LA, and a personal tragedy gave CC the motivation to make
the record. "I lost my little brother and that changed everything.
I realised we can die at any time, so you may as well be
doing what you love and not shoving aside your dreams."
CC moved into Stephen's house for four months. "It was so
fun. He is very amazing and talented. I love him." Stephen
even recorded a trumpet solo, which concludes the record.
CC calls her new sound "Pip Pop" - a playful mix of hip
hop and pop. The album is packed with party anthems, including
two songs CC wrote with Beki Colada, Bad Name and Sugar
Rush. "I remember once recognising 'Beki from the Mavis's'
when I was a teenager at the St Kilda Festival," CC recalls.
"She was one of the first famous people I'd ever seen, except
for my uncle Whitt from Spiderbait. Even though we'd played
a gig on the same night at the Espy, we didn't really get
to know each other until we came to America. Now we're neighbours
On Girl Scout, CC sounds a little like a 2013 version of
Cyndi Lauper. Who are her pop idols? "Cyndi Lauper, for
sure, plus Eminem, Lil' Kim, Lauryn Hill, Gwen Stefani,
Katy Perry. Lately, I'm loving Marina and the Diamonds and
I've discovered Jessie and the Toys Boys." Aussie actors
have conquered Hollywood, so is it cool being an Aussie
singer in LA? "I don't really know that I've conquered it
yet, but I am surviving," CC laughs. "I'm not getting recognised
at the local supermarket. But people are very friendly and
supportive of each other. And they do love the accent and
are intrigued by my plight."
CC was shaken, but not stirred, by the experience of releasing
her debut album, which included the thumping single Champagne
Taste. "Releasing that album was an experience, that's for
sure. It was my first go and I couldn't have done it without
such a great team of friends and supporters. We had some
great times. And I learnt a lot about the industry. I think
the main thing that's stuck with me is you can't expect
things to just happen magically. You have to get out there
and hustle hard. Just because you're on a label, you can't
just expect things are going to work. You need to be going
after it all the time and be proactive and enthusiastic.
It's not easy. Having some great songs and being great live
is only a small part of the big picture. It's also a lot
about luck and being in the right place at the right time
and being ready."
Was CC a girl scout/guide? "No, but I was very outdoorsy.
I went to pony club and did jazz ballet and all that stuff.
I grew up in a little country town [Finley] in NSW until
I was 14, when I left for boarding school in Melbourne."
What does CC miss most about home? "My family and friends.
That's what they all say, but it's that simple. Oh, and
gold class cinema - they don't have that here!" Has CC still
got champagne taste? "I live quite modestly; I have no credit
cards any more. I try to be grown up with money and responsibility.
Of course, I love the champagne taste lifestyle, but only
if someone else is paying."
CC's Hollywood buddy Beki Colada is coming home next month
to do a special reunion gig with her brother, Matt Thomas,
at Yah Yah's on 16 February. Also on the bill is another
Ballarat act, the Dead Salesmen duo.
Birds of Tokyo score the first Aussie Top 10 hit for 2013.
Lanterns BIRDS OF TOKYO (number five, debut)
What You've Done To Me SAMANTHA JADE (23)
Best Night JUSTICE CREW (27)
Get Along GUY SEBASTIAN (35)
Party Bass BOMBS AWAY (39)
A couple of big country debuts for The Wolfe Brothers and
Armageddon GUY SEBASTIAN (number nine)
The Sapphires SOUNDTRACK (15)
Flume FLUME (16)
It's On THE WOLFE BROTHERS (18, debut)
One + One O'SHEA (24, debut)
Beautiful Nightmare REECE MASTIN (26)
Lonerism TAME IMPALA (33)
Samantha Jade SAMANTHA JADE (34)
All For You COLD CHISEL (36)
The Rubens THE RUBENS (39)
Pool Party CC
Broken Heart Attack BEKI COLADA
Lonely Avenue LAUREN BRUCE
Wednesday LIVINGSTONE DAISIES
Thunder THE MAVIS'S
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