Sally Seltmann was born as Sally Mary Russell on 11 September 1975 and grew up in Sydney as the fourth of six children. As a child she had piano lessons learning classical music and later “used to love singing in little jazz ensembles, ’20s and ’30s style songs”. One of her inspirations was listening to Marilyn Monroe’s show tunes. In the early 1990s, she was the vocalist and founder of power pop group Lustre 4 alongside Lara Meyerratken on guitar. Other songwriters for Lustre 4 included Nicholas Devenish and Richard King. The band’s six-track extended play, Double Happiness had “significant airplay” on national radio station, Triple J, where the group’s music displayed “[s]himmering guitars and songs of young love”. While still a member of Lustre 4, Seltmann briefly replaced Liz Payne on guitar in indie rock band, Spdfgh, in mid-1995. She had co-written the track, “You Made Me” with Spdfgh’s Tania Bowers (aka Via Tania) for their album, Leave Me Like This (1995). Seltmann continued her work with Lustre 4 and was replaced in Spdfgh by Christina Hannaford.
In 1996, for her 21st birthday she shared a party with fellow indie singer, Ben Lee (ex-Noise Addict), who turned 18 on the same day (11 September): each had a special cake made by Meyerratken with icing as a painting of each individual. In 1997, after Lustre 4 disbanded, Seltmann moved to Melbourne where she attended an art school and worked as a photographer and waitress. In early 1999 she worked with Bowers again to compose a track for the latter’s debut solo EP, Sunday. Seltmann provided backing vocals on “Electricity” for Melbourne-based electronic band, The Avalanches’ 1999 single – it was later on their debut album, Since I Left You (2000).If you have additional information about Sally Seltmann, please write a letter to this e-mail address or leave a message in “Artists” section of our Discuss.
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