Feature: The Anatomy of ‘Shoot To Forget' with Olympia

Thursday, February 21, 2019


This week, the ever-so-talented Olympia shared her enthralling new single 'Shoot To Forget'.  The release of the single is the second from her highly anticipated sophomore album. Olympia took time out to break down the story behind the single for us.

I wrote 'Shoot To Forget’... thinking it was a pretty straight forward love song. Once it was recorded, I could afford to step back and see there’s quite a lot packed into the little songs cargo pants.

The idea behind ‘Shoot To Forget' is... the value you let someone place on you — or you them. I love old 70s art videos, including the great mind that is John Berger. He has a great quote ‘the camera relieves us of the burden of memory. The camera records in order to forget’. It reminds me of the compulsion to take heaps of photos on your phone, almost as if the process of taking the photo is you saying to yourself ‘I’ll appreciate this later’, only to mass delete them one night while killing time at the pub. Did you really take it in at the time — or by ‘lay-bying’ with your phone, did you actually miss something?

My favourite lyric is... ‘you don’t need to learn to swim, the Beach Boys have life boats’.
It was made with my dear friend and absolutely maverick, Burke Reid.

My main inspiration was... frustration. I had set myself quite a rigid framework for writing the album; I was writing 9-6 every day — inspiration or not, trying to create this whoIe world. Whenever I would get stuck, Would start to experiment more, and this song is born out of a real sense of play and marked a huge turning point in the making of the album.

It sounds best... when singing along. Always.

You can check out 'Shoot To Forget' by Olympia below:


Catch Olympia on tour at the below dates:
Tue, Mar 5th – UOW UniBar| Wollongong, NSW
Wed, Mar 6th – ANU Bar & Refectory| Canberra, ACT
Sat, Mar 9th – The Triffid| Brisbane, QLD
Thu, Mar 14th – The Forum | Melbourne, VIC
Fri, Mar 15th – The Metro Theatre| Sydney, NSW
Sat, Mar 16th – Cambridge Hotel| Newcastle, NSW
More information is available here