Interview Series (AE3300): Alarice Thio, Acoustic pop singer-songwriter


1. Tell us a bit about your background. How did your interest in music start?

I only discovered I could sing quite a bit later in my life, in my teen years.  I was ‘discovered’ by my classmates in high school in Sydney Australia while singing ‘Just around the riverbend’ (a Pocahontas Disney classic) whilst canoeing down Kangaroo Valley.  Soon after, I was singing on stage at the Sydney Opera House at our annual music festival – that was my first ever experience singing solo in public.  Soon after, I picked up the guitar and started writing songs, that was when my love affair with the craft of songwriting started. 


2. What made you want to pursue music as a career?

A leap of faith! I went on the ‘usual’ path at first of obtaining a degree at University, but I felt why not take a step of faith and just do music full-time for a year?  I took the plunge, and here I am 5 years on still doing what I love. 


3. How do you normally get inspiration for new songs?

The way I usually start songwriting is by titles – I think of an overall theme that I’ve been wrestling with, let it process and settle, then I think of a title that would encapsulate that journey.  Usually the melody and pseudo lyrics will come out together.  It’s important that the melody and lyrics reflect the overall feel and theme of the song. 


4. What is one song that you never get tired of playing?

Probably one of my originals called ‘Hand in His’ – it’s an inspirational song based on a true story of a marriage that went through a difficult trial, but the couple still chose to love no matter what.  I don’t get tired of playing it because I see the impact that it has on peoples’ lives, they’ll share with me that the song has inspired them to love harder, to stand strong or to work on their marriages.   



5. How did you first hear about Audio-Technica and its microphones?

A friend of mine who is a sound engineer offered to do a ‘blind test’ for me, by recording my voice on 10 different microphones of different brands and quality.  After hearing back on all the recordings, I picked out my favourite without knowing which microphone it was, and it happened to be the AE3300.


6. What is your favourite Audio-Technica microphone and how do you incorporate it in your work?

My favourite microphone is the AE3300 for live performances.  It’s a condenser mic and I love how it picks up my voice effortlessly and highlights the high-ends of my vocal tone.  I’m not much of a belter as a singer, so I really appreciate mics that even pick up the slightest whisper and every detail of your voice – the AE3300 does that incredibly. 


7. What are your plans for the future?

At the moment, besides being a singer-songwriter, I also lead a Worship Mentorship School called ‘Awaken Generation’ together with my husband Calvin.  It’s a one-year programme where we get to train and mentor the next generation of worship musicians in their craft, but also in heart and character.  We’re focused on building that successfully, and I definitely hope to see another album come out sometime in the next couple of years!


8. Any parting tips for aspiring musicians?

Dream big!  Stepping out in faith is important, don’t let fear stop you.  Learn to serve others and invest in other peoples’ lives, that will lead you to your own destiny.  


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