Special Interview: Morgan Bain

An theaussieword.com interview with Morgan Bain.

What can you tell our readers about you? How and where did it
all begin?
I started singing when I was 3 or 4 and playing guitar when I was about 8. I wrote my first song at 10 and I taught myself piano only a couple of years ago. Music has always been a big part of our family. My grandmother was an opera singer and she still runs a choir now and she’s 80!

What had you first interested in music?
It probably sounds weird but I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t interested in music.  I’ve always been drawn to it since as far back as I can remember.

Who motivates or influences your quest to make great music?
I’ve had lots of influences like Bill Withers, Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Black Crowes, Tower of Power, Alabama Shakes and there’s loads more.

Do you have any planned tours coming up?
Yes, my National Tour and single release of WHY DON’T YOU STAY that begins on April 17 in Perth and goes through Adelaide, Melbourne, Tasmania and NSW ending at the Sydney Blues & Roots Festival on May 17.

What are some of your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?
There are some amazing venues around the world that would be awesome to play at one day. I really want to share my music with large audiences and get their reactions and if I can make a good living from that then I’ll be happy!

What can fans expect from you in the coming months?
I think a “new” me musically. I’m digging deeper with my song writing and performing and my music is more alternative soul based. I’m planning on bringing out an album as soon as I can too.

Success, what is the secret to it and what has been your biggest career highlight so far?
Don’t know the secret to success…I think everyone’s definition of that is different.  I’ve been really lucky and have had lots of career highlights. My biggest I think was when I supported Cold Chisel when I was 17 and recently opening main stage at the West Coast Blues’N’Roots Festival with some amazing artists on the line up.

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?
Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers and Donny Hathaway…true soul legends!

How would you best describe you and your music to your fans?
My new single, Why Don’t You Stay is alternative moody soul.  It’s different from what I’ve written before, which is more soul/blues/rock. The live shows are pretty upbeat and I’ll also be showcasing some songs from my current EP, What You Believe so there’s a real mix of music.

What can you tell us about your latest album?
The current EP, What You Believe that I released in 2014 is a mix of Blues/Soul/Rock. It’s got six tracks on it and all tracks bar one were produced and recorded at The Wastelands with ARIA award winning producer Joel Quartermain. The remaining track called, Fire was produced and recorded at Soundbaker studios with Rob Agostini. One of the tracks on the EP called, Hold On has just won a WAM Song of The Year award and the single In The Middle (also on it) I co-write with Joel Quartermain and it recently made the finals of the John Lennon Songwriting Competition(US).  My music keeps evolving all the time and my new songs I’m writing now are quite different and more that alternative moody soul vibe.

Are there any new exciting projects in the works?
I’m writing all the time and plan for my next release to be an album so I’m excited for that.

The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?
Hopefully doing what I’m doing now but on a bigger scale, touring overseas and selling heaps of my music!

Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists.
Eskimo Joe, Missy Higgins, John Butler, Shaun Kirk, Hussy Hicks and Ash Grunwald

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?
Social media is an amazing tool for artists and I don’t know what we would do without it. It’s really important to me to get my music out to as many people as possible and social media is a great way to do that.  To be able to gain more fans and advertise your shows on those platforms as well as sell your music is really awesome. It’s incredible though how many physical copies of my EP’s I sell at shows too, so it just shows that people still like to still have that CD in their hand!

Thank you for the interview! What can you leave fans of theaussieword.com with here today?
You stay classy,San Diego! haha

Twitter: @morgan_bain

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