Little Wise perform at The Front on February 1. Photo: Supplied
What are you listening to on the road? Each bandmate has prepared an old-school mix CD for the tour. I'm expecting quite a bit of Motown, funk and some '90s pop from Megan [guitar]. There'll be some jazz and nu-bluegrass on Arlene's [bass] mix. Jordan [drums] is quite into his rock'n'roll and punk rock. My mix will include Mia Dyson, Rodriguez, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Ash Grunwald.
What's your earliest musical moment? I am told that I used to be right into Salt-N-Pepa. Apparently I told the kindergarten teacher ''you're so crazy, I think I wanna have your babies!'' She wasn't too impressed.
What's the greatest thing you have seen on stage? I recently saw First Aid Kit in Melbourne and they performed a song completely acoustically - just guitar and voice, no microphones. It was a magical moment and amazing how they were able to fill the room with their sound. You could hear a pin drop. I [now] understand why they made Paul Simon cry.
What's your most treasured possession? At the moment it's my newly-purchased tour van! A Japanese import, 1998 Nissan Elgrand.
What's your best piece of touring advice? Check, double check and triple check the posters before you get them printed to avoid countless mistakes.
Who are your musical heroes? The Waifs and Paul Kelly. The former in particular because of everything they have done in paving the way for the Australian independent music scene.
What's on your dream rider? Other than hot chips, it would have to be hot toddies - whiskey, honey, hot water, lemon - the perfect drink for a singer, in my opinion.
Who would you most like to tour with? The Waifs. There's also an Israeli band I have come to know called Asaf Avidan & the Mojos.
What was your musical epiphany? Playing with a band for the first time after doing the solo/duo thing opened my mind to all the possibilities. It was fantastic to hear my songs come alive. It still gives me chills when I bring a new song into the rehearsal room and the guys work their magic.
Is there any music you don't listen to? Classical music. I just can't find the appropriate moment.
What's your latest recording? The latest recording is also the debut and it's called Moments of Clarity. The EP was recorded and produced by Melbourne musician Aurora Jane and features many guest artists such as Rosie Burgess and Sam Lohs (of Fruit).
Describe your sound? Home-grown folk-roots with tinges of country, soul and rock.
What's your favourite gig of all time? When I was about 13, my big sister took me to Falls Festival. I saw Missy Higgins and the Beautiful Girls, Paul Kelly and the Waifs. It was around then I knew I wanted to make music.
What would be your dream touring destination? At the moment our YouTube hits have skyrocketed in Saudi Arabia and surrounds, for some unknown reason. I'm not so sure I'd like to tour there, but perhaps a rich sheikh could fund the next album?
Tell us something about where you grew up and how it influenced your sound? I am from a Jewish background and culturally I've always been surrounded by music. Also, I grew up in Melbourne. This has probably more directly influenced my sound, as well as my lyrics, for example the mention of Elwood Beach in my song Red Guitar.
What would you be doing if you weren't a musician? I'm studying social work, so I'd be a social work student, and a more diligent one at that.
What does the future hold? A hefty touring schedule including some festival appearances at Yackandandah, Mount Beauty and St Kilda.
WITH: Sidney Creswick and Jude Kohn
WHEN: February 1 from 8pm
WHERE: The Front Gallery and Cafe
TICKETS: $10 at the door