Audio Interview: MANE

Photo Credit: Friends on Film

Paige Court is a rising Adelaide-based singer/songwriter and pop artist, best known as MANE. Court exploded into the Aussie scene with 2019’s “Chasing Butterflies,” which amassed over 2 million streams and landed at #7 on the Spotify viral charts.

Her debut, 2020’s Coping Mechanisms and follow-up single “Hi Lo” were released through Dew Process/Universal Music Australia. That material was written during some of the the most formative experiences of her life to date.

In a relatively short period of time, the Adelaide-based artist has made the rounds of the national touring circuit, playing some of her homeland’s biggest festivals, including Spin OffGroovin The MooBigsound, and Big Pineapple. She has shared stages with the likes of Matt CorbyBall Park MusicYung Blud and The Kooks. Building upon a growing profile, the rising Aussie artist went on a 34 date Stateside tour between last August and last November, across 14 states. 

The rising Aussie artist’s latest single, the Mario Späte and Benjamin Tamblyn-Morrow (in shadowing collaborator role)-produced “Breathing Again” continues a remarkable run of cinematic, heart-worn-on-sleeve pop anthems featuring her smoky, booming pop belter delivery paired with twinkling keys, a mix of thumping beats and live drumming and a rousingly anthemic hook. The song, which was written with Charlie McClean, the co-founder of She Writes feels informed by lived-in experience: it evokes a sometimes fleeting sense of hope and peace during the most difficult times of your life. The song serves as a powerful reminder that things can — and do — get better; that ultimately, nothing is forever.

If you’ve been following me through my various social media accounts, you might recall that last week I was busy covering the fourth edition of The New Colossus Festival. During what may have been a rare slow period for both of us, I managed to catch the rising Aussie artist for this wide-ranging and very fun conversation.

After catching her perform live and speaking with her, I can tell you this: Court has a bright future ahead of her. I think we’ll be hearing a lot more from her over the upcoming months. So be on the lookout. y’all. In the meantime, Court and her backing band are still on the road. After playing a packed showcase schedule at this year’s SXSW, the rising Adelaide-based artist will then embark on a short but proper Stateside tour that includes stops in Nashville, Louisville, Richmond VA and Los Angeles. Check out the tour dates below.

Tour Dates

March 16th – 10:00PM @ The Drafting Room, Austin, TX

March 16th – 12:00AM @ Howdy Gals ATX at Hole in the Wall, Austin, TX

March 17th – 1:30PM @ Sounds Australia Presents at Lucilles Patio Lounge, Austin, TX

March 17th – 3:30PM @ Balanced Breakfast Presents at The Jackalope, Austin, TX

March 18th – 12PM @ Tiny Van Concert at Givens District Park, Austin, TX

March 18th – 3PM @ Apogee Presents at Shiners Saloon (Rooftop Stage) Austin, TX

March 19th – New New Festival 2023 at Manhattan Project Beer Company, Dallas, TX

March 22nd – The East Room, Nashville, TN

March 24th – The Monarch, Louisville, KY

March 25th – MECCA OTR, Cincinnati, OH

April 1st – Plan 9 Records, Richmond, VA

April 4th – The Camel, Richmond, VA

April 12th – Harvard & Stone, Los Angeles, CA