Photography - Duncan Wright
On the surface, this country-grunge inspired song carries singer-songwriter traits throughout, but reaching beneath the melodies ‘Fill My Cup’ is a song for those feeling lost in their own skin, struggling to make meaning in a world of constant change and upheaval. Cotchin’s lyricism shines across the stanzas, pouring out a tale of despondency - as one would when sitting at a dusty bar across from a barman.
“‘Fill My Cup’ is a song about being exhausted from life and wanting to know if there’s anything more than what we already have right now. It’s about my fear of not reaching my potential and trying to understand my place in the world. I have written a lot of songs about this existential dread that I think everyone feels and it really helps me cope with those thoughts. I’ve also always wanted to write a drinking song that goes a little deeper and more introspective, but is also fun and anthemic. This song is for anyone who feels a little lost and is struggling to find meaning in these insane times. It has been a crazy few years and I want people to know that they’re not alone.” Siobhan Cotchin
I love the message behind the track and it really does seem to be a common theme at the moment with lots of people feeling this way. You mention that songwriting helps you cope with these thoughts, is there anything else that works for you that might help readers out there feeling the same?
I’ve really been loving going to gym! I think movement of any kind is great for mental health and allows me specifically to be focussed and have a moment away from working. I also love reading and watching comforting TV shows. For me right now, it’s either Friends or Gilmore Girls! I also think that surrounding yourself with people that uplift you and make you laugh is important.
Siobhan Cotchin has found herself with a bustling mid-2022 alongside the release of previous sparkling indie-alt, coming-of-age inspired single ‘Growing Pains’. Winning the Western Australian Music Award ‘Song of the Year’ award for Best Country Act and the overall Grand Prize, she managed to sneak into the studio with Sam Ford (POND, Abbe May, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets) at his Tone City Recording Studio to finish off ‘Fill My Cup’. The track also lands as her debut release via Sam Ford’s Tone City Records label, who have just signed a distribution deal with Ingrooves Music Group (Universal Music Group).
It has been a pleasure following your journey since before your debut in 2020 with 'Do You Know What I Mean'. What does it feel like to have a track break 6 figures on Spotify?
It’s unreal! I’m just so grateful that my music has reached so many people, it’s been my dream since I was younger to share my music with the world.
You are a highly decorated artist here in WA, what has been one of the highlights for you through all of the awards and nominations?
Going to my first ever WAM awards show in 2021 was so surreal, and winning Best Country Act was just the cherry on top to a wonderful evening with my band! The 2021 SOTY Awards were also insane, I cannot believe I won the grand prize. The moment I found out is one I will never forget, I was in the bathroom!
“The recording process for Fill My Cup was obviously a great time,and was also super different to the last sessions we did for Growing Pains. Fill My Cup went through a lot of changes,and it was awesome to have Sam’s input into the track and have a different perspective in the studio. I think that is what creates the best results. We all had heaps of fun laying down the track and I’m especially proud of the vocal takes I did. I’m really starting to enjoy recording vocals, it’s not as stressful because I feel more sure of myself and able to try out new things.” Siobhan Cotchin
Your studio history sounds like one incredible experience after another, what is it like being in the studio with Sam Ford?
Sam has been such an incredible person to work with, because I think he’s bringing out a new side of me and my sound. It’s been lots of fun working with him in a more collaborative way, and I’ve really been embracing experimentation and trying new things!
What does your dream concert bill look like and where would it be held?
I would love to watch all my favourite songwriters perform acoustically in a ‘songwriters in the round style’ at the Blue Bird Cafe in Nashville. I think that it would be amazing to hear my favourite songs in their rawest form, and also the stories behind them. The lineup would have to include Taylor Swift, Bruce Springsteen, Phoebe Bridgers, Joni Mitchell and Fiona Apple!
Catch Siobhan Cotchin on tour in WA this month, tickets and more info here.