Turning Heads with Augustus Welby

Rackett (Rebecca Callander)

May 31, 2020

This episode features a chat with Sydney artist Rackett aka Rebecca Callander. Rackett's latest single, 'ILY Alley', came out in May 2020. It's the third song released since Bec relaunched Rackett as a solo project in 2019. Rackett had previously been a four-piece band. They started out playing garage punk and slowly morphed into more of a glam rock band.

But after parting with her band mates, Bec was keen to shake things up. She’d become a big fan of artists like Charli XCX, Tyler the Creator, Dorian Electra and A$AP Rocky, and wanted to cast off the rock-oriented sound of the former Rackett.

Rackett 2.0 emerged in October 2019 with the single ‘Machinations’ and Bec followed up with ‘Oxytoxic’ and ‘ILY Alley’. The former two align with artists like Charli XCX, Sophie and the PC music crowd – artists who're unafraid to inhabit a highly computerised world.

We spoke about Bec’s stylistic transformation, confidence goals and how our lives are increasingly being conducted online.

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, present and future, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded. 

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