After a monumental 2018 releasing her debut EP, Grey Into Blue, Bathurst musician Gabbi Bolt had a 'chill' 2019 building a network for her original music.
In addition, Bolt has continued to write new material for a future follow-up to Grey Into Blue, and is scheduled to perform at the Inland Sea of Sound Festival in February with her full band.
Bolt said she enjoyed the downtime in 2019 to fuel her creativity.
"I spent much of 2019 writing as after the EP, the plan was to relax a bit and work on a direction for the new songs," she said.
"However, I managed to keep the gigs up throughout the year, placing significant focus on forging connections with fellow musicians and industry professionals."
Bolt has completed seven [and a half] new songs so far, and is aiming to have an album's worth of material together in the near future.
"The new songs feature more existential themes, and are moving towards 'ballad' territory," she said.
"When the band's in town for Inland Sea of Sound, I hope to mull over some of these song ideas with them.
"The upbeat songs come more naturally with the band, so we're hoping to branch out into some dance hits."
Bolt's band includes TJ Tanuvasa on vocals/guitar, Karl Serna on bass and Kelly Miller on drums.
Bolt performed a number of high-profile gigs throughout the Central West in 2019, including support slots for Smith & Jones' Something Worth Learning album launch and Allensworth, both at The Victoria Bathurst.
She also performed at a White Ribbon event in Canberra celebrating phenomenal women in song, as well as a band night at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre [BMEC].
"It's pleasing to see musicians from the Central West gain recognition for their work outside the region, as that exposure is essential to growing the scene," she said.
"I've met so many amazing musicians across the region, and it's nice to see everyone willing to back each other up."
Bolt's sole release in 2019 was 'Christmas Eve [Gremlins],' the opening track on Dreaming of a Green Christmas, featuring original songs from a host of musicians based in the Central West.
"It was such a fun project, a great opportunity to do something I love for a good cause," she said.
"The album received exposure on national radio stations, and I think those producers were bemused at the scope of original talent west of the Blue Mountains."
Bolt hopes to release a single or two in 2020, and is saving her creative juices for a potential trip overseas in 2021.
"I want to write a good 'strut' song," she said.