Sylvester Sessions #72

Kelly wears Poets shirt dress.

Kelly wears Poets shirt dress.

Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich

Melbourne, Australia

What is it that you do?

I play bass in a band called 'Camp Cope' and by day I'm an educator in a preschool.

How did you fall into the music industry?

I've been playing music for as long as I can remember, my dad is a musician and also does music therapy. I begged him to teach me my whole childhood and he taught me guitar when my hands were big enough to fit around the neck. Now I just sort of make music with my best friends and travel around with them.

What female musicians do you look up to?

Amy and Kat from a Sydney band called 'Mere Women'. I've been watching them both play in a bunch of different projects since I was seventeen and going to shows in my uniform after school. The two other members of my band Georgia and Thommo inspire me to do better daily and I really look up to them because they are so strong and accomplished.

What are you listening to at the moment?

I'm actually listening to Modern Baseball at this very second because we just played some shows with them and I'm missing them a bunch. But usually because I'm around punky guitar music so much I listen to more chilled out music in my down time. Heaps of, A Tribe Called Quest, Julien Baker, Tkay Maidza and Marcus Whale.

What do you do to relax?

I'm not really good at relaxing, I keep pretty busy. I actually find band rehearsal really relaxing and cathartic. Long drives interstate listening to music and my commute to work are usually the times where I relax my brain the most.

What is the last book that you read?

Cesar's Rules by Cesar Milan. I'm really into sci-fi books and classics, but I recently got a new puppy so the last three books I read have been about understanding dogs because i'm obsessed.

Interview and photography by Amy Pearson.