I spoke with Australian musician Butterfly Boucher almost a month and a half ago, but it wasn’t until now that I’ve had the opportunity, or really the room left in my mind, to concentrate on much. I apologize that it has taken so long for me to get this to you all — especially after figuring out our conversation ended up being exactly what I needed to hear.
Boucher’s most recent album is a fantastic self-titled journey through many of the ups and downs of life, love and the crap we all have to go through that ultimately helps us shape our future adult decisions and hopefully plays a part in making us better people. So while I stare at the lemons life has so generously put in my lap lately, I’m going to think of what drinks I can put them in as a garnish instead of waiting for them to rot in the back of my mind.
As we spoke, the incredibly friendly Boucher was dealing with allergies from Nashville while I was sniffling here in Chicago. We talked about her busy schedule, exploring new creative outlets, working with Missy Higgins and doing what she can to get everyone to dance.
Butterfly Boucher: I’ve been here in Nashville for twelve years now and it’s just gotten really good. I mean, there was always something that drew me here like the pace of life and meeting really good friends. But the city has just gotten really good in the last three or four years. And to the point where I’m like proud of it? It’s weird!
AfterEllen.com: Yeah, my mom lives there and I’ve loved it when I’ve visited.
And I remember early on when I was working on my first album, someone asked me where I live and that’s when I learned not to say that I lived in Nashville or that I recorded it in Nashville because then they always say, “Oh yeah, I can really hear the Nashville influence on the album.”
AE: Um, really?
AE: Oh yeah. In my opinion it kind of almost seems like a second Austin.
AE: Oh yeah?
AE: I don’t know, the secret’s out now.
AE: Well I really should have first thanked you for taking the time to talk to me. I know that when I reviewed your new album a lot of our readers were really psyched about it. I was really happy that it was streaming on Spinner too!
AE: That’s great!
AE: I mean I’m sure, but obviously you’ve got something special. I’m assuming a lot of that can be attributed at least partially to the fact that you have basically literally been making music since you were born.
My career has already kind of started changing and broadening in ways that I wasn’t doing as much stuff 10 years ago. I was a lot more focused on just my solo career. And I think that experience and being focused on that was good for me at that time in my life. But now it’s broadening where I’m looking to do more producing for other artists and writing for other people. I have a different band called Elle Macho — I have a lot more outlets. It’s kind of like — I guess the thing for me with the solo album — it took me about a year and a half to make it. Granted that was on and off. I was touring and playing for Sarah McLachlan and in between those dates I would come home and have two days to work on the album. It was kind of stretched out. And then I had these two months off and that’s when I was really going to sit down and work on my own album. But that’s right when I started talking to and writing with this other artist called Missy Higgins. And then I was like, “Let me produce this album!” [Laughs] So then the next two months of writing became producing and working with her.