Turning Heads with August Billy

Azim Zain | Eugénie

November 24, 2020

Episode 24 of Turning Heads is a two-parter, featuring interviews with Azim Zain (of Azim Zain and His Lovely Bones) and Eugénie.

Be Good, the debut album from Azim Zain and His Lovely Bones, came out in November 2020. It's dedicated to the Canberra music scene that transformed Azim's life after he relocated there for uni. 

Azim was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, but completed high school in Adelaide before moving to Canberra. He fell in love with the local music scene and began writing and performing his own stuff in 2015. 

Be Good was completed in 2019, but visa changes meant Azim was forced to leave the country and return to Kuala Lumpur. He's still there, but this album is his love letter to the scene that birthed the Lovely Bones.

Eugénie is the project of New York based songwriter Eugénie Thompson. Her debut EP, Arrhythmia, came out in May 2020. It was made in collaboration with producer and jazz guitarist Lee Meadvin and dates back to when the pair were both studying at NYU. 

Eugénie moved to Melbourne after finishing college. She was born in Sydney, but had lived in New York since she was two years old. The return to Australia and the culture and lifestyle she witnessed in Melbourne had a major impact on her musical ambitions. She's since moved back to New York. 

Turning heads is recorded on the stolen land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation; the traditional custodians of the land. I pay my respects to their elders past and present, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded.

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