Maddy Jane: “For a time, I was wondering if I was even going to write more music”

Maddy Jane. Credit: Matt Viesis
(Image credit: Matt Viesis)

After putting out her full-length debut, Not All Bad Or Good, in May 2020, folk-punk luminary Maddy Jane was in dire need of mellowing out. Her sudden rise to stardom clashed with the pressures of a debut album, and it sure didn’t help that Not All Bad Or Good landed in the midst of the most chaotic time in recent history. So Jane ditched the mainland and headed back home to Bruny Island, a coastal small-town paradise just off the south-eastern coast of Tasmania – an island, off an island, off an island. A good place to escape the malaise of city living, for sure.

Like most of us in mid-2020, though, Jane wasn’t exactly able to find her zen. The months that should have been some of her most exciting – those that followed the release of album she’d spent years slaving away on – were instead defined by existential crises, personal dramas and the looming question of whether she’d ever release music again. She kept writing, of course, and wound up penning some of the most intensely personal, soul-baring material she’d ever committed to paper. Naturally, Jane headed straight to the studio.

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…