theaussieword.com catches up with Blue Child Collective!
Give us an introduction. How did it all begin? What had you first interested in music?
My parents gave me a guitar at nine years old, and between that, Dad’s solid CD tower and the gnarly bluesman at school who started teaching me, I was hooked. Blue Child Collective came about when I was in a transitionary period between working for someone else and working for myself as a full-time musician, while travelling Europe and refocussing on why I was playing music.
What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music?
Seeing the difference it makes and the movements that other artists have sparked with their music; hearing back from people about the way in which they’ve applied an idea or theme I’ve conveyed in a song to their life; witnessing the joy of a crowd in forgetting past and present in the midst of a mad boogie. A good old epiphany never goes astray either!
What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?
Fostering a #cultureofconnection in the world; bringing humans from all walks of life together on a global scale and helping facilitate the remembering of our true nature. Supporting the pursuits of other artists (musical and otherwise) th
rough collaboration, and helping the world open up to a collective existence.
What can we expect from you in the
coming months? Any plans to tour?
We’ve got about a dozen shows left of our current Aussie tour to promote our latest single ‘Wattle Tree Corroboree’, then will be hard at work prepping for the release of our next single and accompanying tour, plus a couple more music videos and a feature film before we drop the album in September and head off around the country again.
Tell us a bit about your latest album and how would you best describe your music?
Our latest album “Saturn Saw the Seaside” was recorded in a mountainside studio on the island of Corsica off the south coast of France in 2016, and is a 13-track journey with accompanying 36 page illustrated story book and “Making Of” documentary. We call it “Fluid Groove” – a conscious funk-folk-jazz-blues-roots fusion which applies also to our latest single, which has a bit of a World spin on it. All of it very lyric-based and centred around the common message of connection – with each other, ourselves and the world.
Success, what is the secret to it?
Intention, openness, trust, awareness and action – having a clear purpose and aligning your actions with it so that it materialises more each day.
What has been your biggest career highlight?
They come in so many different forms! Opening up for childhood legends The Cat Empire was a reality check. Each and every record as it’s completed always adds to that sense of fulfilment too… along with organising national and international tours independently, which has been a big confidence booster. The opportunity to play/work with so many awe-inspiring artists is also an ongoing highlight of my life!
Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?
Those who are using their skill to benefit the world.
Any new projects in the pipeline?
We’ll have our fourth record out in September, along with a feature film and another documentary we’ll be making on the album launch tour with Her Name Is Murder Productions and Dutch illustrator/animator Chris Liefting. Eight artists on an Aussie tour in a 12-seater bus, can’t go wrong.
The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?
Still writing and recording music, still touring it; beyond that, the possibilities are endless.
Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists.
Band Of Frequencies, Michael Triscari, The Nomadics, Caravana Sun, OKA, Xavier Rudd, John Butler, Callum Vincent, The Swamp Stompers.
The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye?
The internet can be used or abused like anything. It can be a wonderful tool for artists in terms of reaching their audience and giving depth to their music, along with insight into their lives which can be hugely inspirational. For us, it also means we can nurture a solid foundation of supporters away from home before touring there, which is huge.
Thanks for the interview! What final message do you have for us today?
Thanks for the opportunity to spread the good vibes! Keep an eye out for our next album “Wake Up To the Sound” yeeow!
** UPCOMING TOUR DATES **
Wednesday February 21 – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne VIC
Friday February 23 – Saints & Sailors, Portarlington VIC
Saturday February 24 – The Loft, Warrnambool VIC
Wednesday February 28 – Ararat Live, Ararat VIC
Friday March 2 – Marion Bay Hotel, Yorke Peninsula SA
Saturday March 3 – Jetty Bar, Adelaide SA
Sunday March 4 – Streaky Bay Hotel, Streaky Bay SA
Friday March 9 – Kalgoorlie Hotel, Kalgoorlie WA
Saturday March 10 – The Cannery, Esperance WA
Sunday March 11 – The White Star, Albany WA
Friday March 16 – The River Hotel, Margaret River WA
Saturday March 17 – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle WA