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Interview – Christian Andrew

Christian will have his EP launch coming up this Saturday 31st October at the Jade Monkey. 


Who are you and what are you doing here?

I’m Christian Andrew, a singer-songwriter from Adelaide. I’m just here playing music, having fun and laughing plenty along the way!


When did you know you wanted to pursue music as a career?

I’ve always played music throughout my life. I started out on Piano at primary school, then moved to the drums and eventually picked up the guitar. I found it really challenging trying to learn a new instrument. I was always just a closet musician and did it in the privacy of my own room for many years. I eventually showed some friends some of the tunes I had written and they pushed me really hard to do something more with it. I didn’t really have the time as I was pursuing a sporting career, but once that ended due to long term injuries, I jumped straight into the music world and thought I would give it my best shot and see where it takes me. So I’ve really only been chasing it for a couple years now, and slowly but surely I’m finding my way.


How would you describe your music?

My music is a folk/roots fusion that is influenced by a some of my favourite artists in John Butler, Newton Faulkner and Jack Johnson. There is a deeper emotional element to my music than many would think, I am an analytical thinker and I write based on my own experiences, so I transfer this in to my music to give an emotionally charged vibe to my songs.


If you had to choose one song you’ve written that best defines your sound which one would it be?

It would have to be ‘Why I Run’ which is on my latest EP. It incorporates my fingerstyle picking on the guitar, is emotionally fueled and really resonates with how I want my music to come across to the listener. Having the band supporting me on the track adds a lot of depth and allows the song to build and become far more dynamic. It just aligns with the sound I have in my mind, which is a pretty cool thing to finally get it from my head to a studio recording.


In this day and age where anyone is pretty much able to pick up an instrument, what would you say sets you apart from the rest?

I’ve spent stacks of time experimenting with different kinds of tuning on the guitar, and this certainly helps me to write songs that are more versatile and unique. I am a self-taught guitarist and this allowed me to start with a blank page and not be restricted or limited to the standard tunings. Playing in various open tunings opens up a whole new world or options as a guitarist. From what people tell me, my vocals also have a unique characteristic to them which adds something different to the listening experience. I always hear “you sound so much like Tracy Chapman” which I guess is a compliment, given she is a chick and I’m a guy! Hopefully I could taste just a small amount of the success that she has throughout her career.


Where are people able to hear your songs?

If people head over to my website at www.christianandrewmusic.com.au they can find all of my songs and videos there. They are all easy to find on my page there, so go and have a listen and see what you think.


Are you playing any shows anytime soon?

I’ve got my EP launch coming up this Saturday 31st October at the Jade Monkey. I’m releasing my latest EP ‘Now & Then’ which I toured across the east coast earlier in the month and now it is time to share it with the lovely people of Adelaide.


What is your proudest moment/greatest achievement as a musician? 

My achievements within my music are based around the emotion that I put into them. I have written songs for various people and couples based on their own circumstances, which for the most part have all been difficult experiences they have been faced with. After writing these songs and playing them to those who I wrote them for, the waves of emotion that they feel in response to my music is incredible. It is incredible that other people are able to have such a strong emotional connection with my music, and the fact that I am able to capture their experiences in song really blows my mind. It is so special to have someone express their gratitude and shed tears whilst listening to my music.


Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?

Ben Howard would be number 1 on my list. He is doing big things already and touring the world, but it surprises me how very few people have heard of him. He is an incredible song writer and is selling out theatres globally, so jump on board and check him out.

Alice Haddy is a local superstar who has the most angelic voice. She supported me at my debut EP launch and I have enjoyed her tunes ever since. She is slowly but surely moving up on the music world. So keep your ears peeled.

Ryan Cornish would be another who is full of potential and finally getting his songwriting out to the world. He is a regular around the cover scene in Adelaide, but it is his originals that really shine. SO if you ever get the chance, ask him to play some of his own songs and sit back and listen to the soulful vibes he throws out.


Anything Else you’d like to add?

Thanks for having me!