What was the first song you learnt? I remember memorising and performing Famous Blue Raincoat by Leonard Cohen, Master Blaster by Stevie Wonder and Fast Car by Tracy Chapman early on. 

What’s your favourite memory of your early musical life? Performing for mum and dad with my four siblings on a weekly basis. The Tyrrell Loungeroom Sessions. We had a dress up box, dance moves and would enviably end up as a pile of giggling bodies. 

What made you want to play music in the first place? It felt wonderful. I was magnetically attracted to all things music and art at a very early age. 

How old were you when you started playing? I was in dance classes, singing, writing poems, performing and learning piano under the age of nine. 

Who were your music heroes/idols back then? The Police, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, Michael Jackson, Prince, Nivana, Eurythmics, Louie Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Massive Attack, Portishead, Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell...

Who are they now? Feist, Fever Ray, Goldfrapp, Tricky, PVT, Big Scary, Brother Ali, Alex Cameron, Jack Ladder, Paul Kelly, Thom Yorke, Damon Albarn, David Byrne, Radiohead, Chairlift, Little Dragon, Blasko...

What was the name of your first band? Dr Jungle (circa 2000, we wanted to be Mr Bungle)


Jane Tyrell is a singer, songwriter and solo artist from Melbourne and a member of Hip-Hop group, The Herd.