How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
Sitting at the piano, I’m always chasing sounds and colours in the keys. As the sustain pedal opens, so does the lid to a handful of random words.
As each word lands, I really try my very best not to judge or think about them. Just a pure honest state of being and connection to something greater than myself.
After a while of sifting through, I can piece together a handful of moments and that’s when it all begins. I spend most of the time trying to find the words that best match how I’m feeling. Each song almost always begins from one of these random moments then takes time to develop.
Are you ever scared of revealing, aspects of your personal experience, to strangers through your music?
No. Because it’s my responsibility as a songwriter to be revealing every part of me. Honesty and vulnerability are the two core pillars of my writing.
What has your journey in the music industry been like up to now?
Well and truly grass roots. ATM, I’m sitting in my friends kitchen in the Kimberley, Western Australia writing on an old warped piano from the last cyclone. Our touring has taken us to some extremely remote places and continues to inspire my writing everyday.
What was the soundtrack to your childhood?
Simply Red – Stars
What was the first record you ever bought?
Ja Rule – Livin’ it up. Gets me everytime.
What is your favorite song (not written by you) lyrically speaking?
Lover, You Should Have Come Over – Jeff Buckley
“She’s a tear that hangs inside my soul forever” Are you fucking kidding Jeff? This song combines all my favorite aspects of writing in one. The romance is embellished in such a tasteful way, i can only barely comprehend. This song has and always will hold such a special place in my heart.
What inspired “Beauty and The Pain”?
Lyrically, this song began in a place of acceptance. After a few firey argumentas with my partner, I began to see the rays of light that were scattered between such passion. The pure honest and raw beauty that was eminating in such turbulent times. The feeling of someone really expressing themselves in a heated exchange. It’s ultimately about the acceptance that in those painful times, there is beauty.
What is the best show you ever played?
So hard to say. Every show holds a different bag of emotions, held by the man I was at the time. Some of the worst experiences pre-show have provided such moments of triumph and bliss in the show. I’ll say my first ever show at age 15. It was at a youth community space with around 15 close friends. Never knew that moment would be so monumental but looking back, it played out perfectly
What are your plans for 2018? Maybe a new album?
Right now, if you had the output gauge, it would be off the rictascale. If any of it makes it onto an album is another conversation. I’m loving just writing songs and piecing together backstage conversations into musical ideas. So yes, new album for sure!