Well, my solo "career" (hmm... why does that word feel like such a wank in this context?) has kicked off to a humbling and most enjoyable start.
At the start of June I get an email telling me that one of my heroes - Australia's greatest-ever rock drummer, iconic songwriter and all-round gentleman Rob Hirst - had chosen me for the Vivid Festival's new 10 x 10 initiative. Basically, the initiative means that 10 Sydney icons across various fields (Margaret Pomeranz for film, Heidi Middleton for fashion etc) choose 10 up-and-coming creative Sydneysiders that they feel have something worth checking out. And Rob picked me for my music. Ridiculous and absurdly flattering.
I attended the launch night for this initiative and it barely acknowledged the 100 selected creatives. I'm also doubtful that anything will come of it, but what it symbolised for me is actually really moving. To have Rob choose me for something like that is insane. So thank you Rob.
Moving on, I just wound up a couple of shows with Cogel and Tash Parker. My second and third-ever solo performances to be exact. These gigs were so much damn fun and I have the utmost respect for those guys as musicians and as people.
We were joined by my brother Lloyd and friend Wally (Gotye, The Basics), which resulted in some great collabs. Prince's 'Kiss' was busted out to close the first night, which was hilarious and bore absolutely no resemblance to the mellow sets that had just preceded it. We did Feist's 'I Feel It All' at both shows, Tash sung a tune with me and Wally joined me on drums and b/vocals for my song 'Tie Up The Birds'. So so awesome. Thanks to everyone that attended.
I've also got finished EPs now, so if you want one (is anyone out there?), drop me an email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Til next time,