Local artist profile: Bridie Lynas

November 5, 2023 BY

Ray of light: Bridie Lynas became hooked on music after seeing Faith No More on Rage as a youngster. Photo: SUPPLIED

THIS week we chat with dynamic local singer, songwriter and guitarist Bridie Lynas, who says there’s a certain amount of vulnerability behind her “aggressive” and “blunt” lyrical leanings.


What initially motivated you to become a musician?

From a very young age I was always singing. My mum got me singing lessons when I was 11. I sang for two years and then I took up guitar lessons to help accompany my voice. My mother also took me to lots of gigs and shows. I’ve just always been surrounded by music and have always loved music, especially guitar.


How would you describe your style and how did you develop it?

My style now is 90s alt rock and grunge. It wasn’t really intentional, but as I’ve grown up and developed my style, I hear a 90s alt rock style of singing and songwriting. I think it comes from the music that I’ve grown up with. My voice also naturally graduates to more of a rock style.

I used to watch Rage on the TV when I was a kid and I remember seeing the music video of Epic by Faith No More when I was about four years old. I was immediately captivated. I think that style of music composition and drumming is something that has stayed with me.

I also grew up listening to a lot of folk music, which was more lyrical based for me. That storytelling and reflective style of songwriting does come through in my own music. Some of my lyrics are almost aggressive and are definitely blunt, but there’s vulnerability behind the anger. Establishing the imagery of that in my branding is something I’m still working on.


Which other bands or musicians inspire you and why?

So many bands, so many genres but, the few that stand out are Alanis Morissette, Limp Biscuit, Grouplove, Matt Maeson, Joan Jett, Pixies, and Violent Femmes. That’s more for inspiration for my own songwriting and composition. I also heavily listen to hip hop music including Doja Cat, ASAP Ferg, J. Cole, Russ, and I love Mac Miller.


What are some highlights or fond memories you have from your career so far?

Putting out three acoustic demos and getting some interest on SoundCloud would probably be a highlight. Performing my originals with Jared Healy (he plays electric guitar) has also been super fun. I’m in the process of recording a single with a full band sound.

I’m learning to really enjoy the process and planning of making my music happen. It’s very rewarding when I put a lot of energy into a project and I get to see it come to life.


How can people check out your music online?

I’m on all the socials. I’d say Instagram or TikTok have the most content. For now, it’s just Bridie Lynas on everything.


What would you say to young regional aspiring musicians who are thinking of making a go of the creative life?

I would say, ‘’Act local, think global’. Make connections and support your local community, but also remember to look outside your comfort zones. Social media is key and you’re not defined by your postcode. It’s ok to think and act outside the box.

And enjoy the process! I don’t believe any artist should feel the need to “die for their art”. I’ve learnt that, by stopping to smell the roses every once in a while is actually one of the most vital things for my creativity.