As you would be aware, about two years ago, I made a conscious decision to take an extended break from playing gigs to focus on my songwriting and the recording of my own material.
I did this because at the end of the day, I was burnt out and creatively vacant after 12 years of working as a professional musician in the covers scene. I needed to take a break to give myself some distance so I can begin to “miss” playing gigs again.
During my time away, I have gained a much better understanding of who I am as a songwriter, musician and most importantly, as a human being and the last six months especially have been an extremely creative and productive time in my life.
In that time I’ve completed two mammoth songwriting challenges (writing a combined total of 64 songs in 118 days) culminating in six online albums plus I’ve released two other collaborative albums via BandCamp taking my total to eight online releases for the year.
Even though I consider myself a permanent work in progress, I know that at this moment, I’m in a pretty good place when it comes to my songwriting and my recording processes.
It’s time to switch the focus back to playing gigs again. I now miss playing live.
Over the last couple of years, I’ve noticed that the Adelaide music scene has gone from strength to strength in terms of its popularity with the punters and in the number of venues available for musicians to play at.
Now, my conclusions have been made purely through anecdotal evidence and personal observations however, I am greatly encouraged by the overall positivity that the local Adelaide music scene is radiating at the moment.
What’s encouraging me the most is the attitude of (non-original music) venues towards musicians playing a hybrid mix of covers and originals in their repertoire rather than forcing them to play the stock standard covers that everyone else does.
It seems that there’s now a little bit more room for a musician to express themselves through their repertoire. This alone makes such a refreshing change compared to what was going on when I was playing covers a few years ago.
Now, at my most recent show at The Daniel O’Connell Hotel (Friday October 6th), I experimented with playing a 50/50 mix of my own songs plus covers that I wanted to do and how I wanted to do them. The gig went down a treat and it was this experience, that helped me decide that it was time to get back into playing live again.
So… what do I do now?
Well first of all, right here and right now I’ve stated my intentions so that’s a start.
Secondly, I need to start getting back out into the local scene and reconnect with everyone that I’ve lost contact with. Don’t be surprised if you start see me hanging out at Open Mics and other gigs around town.
I’ll also need to start doing some research as to what venues are out there and the music they’re hosting while at the same time, get my online presence sorted out, get some new songs uploaded and update my booking information.
Plus, I’ll need to relaunch my mailing list.
With that in mind, you’ll start to see some changes taking place on this site as I get myself gig-ready and if there’s anything of interest that I come across along the way, I’ll let you all know.
Until then, if any of you out there have any gigging opportunities you’d like to chat with me about then let me know. Whether the opportunity be for a solo guitarist, bass player, vocalist or a combination of all, I’m ready to go.
My break from live performance is now OFFICIALLY OVER. It’s time for me to start playing again at a venue near you.