All through December, we’ll have interviews and features with Irish acts helping us to round up the past year or so. You can see all the interviews so far here. Today’s star is Liza Flume. The Dublin-based Australian singer released her debut EP Full Steam Ahead at the beginning of the year and hasn’t looked back yet. She supports Halves and Come On Live Long in Triskel Christchurch this Friday, December 13. Tickets available here.

How has 2013 been for you? What have been the highlights of the year?
2013 has been unreal! I started the summer playing my first festival and ended with playing Electric Picnic which was a definite highlight.

How nervous were you about the Workman’s Show last month? Was that one of your goals for the year, to play a headline show?
I was very nervous because I was playing a few of my new tunes but with an unreal sound guy, crowd and my favourite Irish band (Slow Skies) supporting. I had all the ingredients for a delicious night!!

Best gig you’ve played? And best festival you played/attended?
One of my favorite festivals was at Knockanstockan. The energy at the festival was incredible and the weather was delightful! At the end of the summer I got to share a small stage with Hozier and Sails at EP and I learnt so much about the industry and such at Hard Working Class Heroes, which I cherish.

What are some of your favourite songs of the year?
James Vincent McMorrow – ‘Cavalier’

Come on Live Long – ‘Little Ones’

Tegan and Sara – ‘Messed Up’

Lorde – ‘Buzzcut Season’

Matt Corby – ‘Runaway’

Which new bands, Irish or abroad, have you been impressed by this year?
Lorde and Rhye have blown me away over the last few months. As for Irish bands, I Have a Tribe, Hozier and Ryan Vail.

What plans have you got in the works for 2014?
I’m working on the production of my new songs, working with different musicians and producers to form my next release! I can’t wait for festivals again.

What things other than music, have you been enjoying this year?
New Girl has supplied me hours of laughter. Roasted Brown Cafe has supplied many delicious espressos. Samson and Delilah was my favourite film that I saw this year.