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Q&A w/ Thomas Keating

Does each member of the band have a nickname? If yes, spill them! If not, please make them up right now!

My bass player goes by the name – ‘Victor Wooten Gavin’.

Have you been involved in any previous projects before this one?

Yes, I was in a band called Thieves who later morphed into Good Counsel.

All artists go through periods where they seem to lack creativity, when you’re experiencing one of these phases, what do you do to get yourself out of it?

These periods are extremely frustrating, when I was in High School I studied classical guitar and for some reason whenever I can’t write I go back to playing classical pieces and it usually will spark something in me.

What are some of your earliest musical influences that have found their way into the music you’re currently making?

My earliest musical memories are of my Dad playing John Lennon tapes in the car. He is an artist today who still has a huge influence on me.

There’s a full 80s/90s pop culture and music resurgence happening right now, are you into it?

These are two periods for music that I really enjoy so I guess so.

What is the first song you ever wrote and did it make it onto a release?

I wrote my first song when I was twelve and it was titled ‘Would You Be My Girlfriend’. Sadly it was never released. 🙁

What festival is #1 on your list that you’d love to play one day?

Panama Festival In Tasmania.

Have you had the chance to play a show with any of your musical heroes? Who were they and what was that experience like?

A couple of years ago I got the opportunity to open for the Brooklyn songwriter ‘Kevin Devine’.

It was an amazing experience, I could see him standing at the back of the crowd when we performed and I also got to have a great chat with him after the gig, he was a real gentlemen.

What’s the best show you’ve been to this year?

I saw ‘The War On Drugs’ last month at The Enmore Theatre and they were amazing.

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

‘100’ from Sydney are doing some cool stuff right now.

‘Australia’ serious 80’s resurgence.

Oscar Lush from Melbourne.

Thomas Keating launches his new single ‘Begin Again’ on Saturday 31 March @ The Grace Darling
Supports: Backyard Mafia and Fool Child
Tickets on sale via thomaskeatingmusic.com or $15 at the door