Odette was born in England and raised in the inner western suburbs of Sydney and grew up with an eclectic musical palette. Her South African mother introduced her to African music, soul, funk and rhythm; while her English father, hailing from a long line of jazz pianists, introduced her to new wave, jazz and passed on his musical talents.
Odette has played piano since she was a child and her highly emotive use of the instrument lives at the centre of her songs, a grounding motif of her heritage, if you will. “My granddad was a jazz pianist during the war,” she explains. “And he passed it down to my father, who I picked it up off. It’s a strange thing because I play more like my grandad, even though I grew up in a different country, away from him.”