Tour returns to humble start
Perth-born musician Matt Gresham has toured with household names such as Guy Sebastian and former British X Factor winner James Arthur, performed at various music festivals, released an album and written a song which was previously nominated for West Australian Music Song of the Year.
Now the 29-year-old is returning to humble beginnings in one of the very first places he ever performed, Southerlys Tavern in Port Denison.
Gresham, who moved to Berlin two years ago to work closely with music producers, says there is nothing quite like touring small, regional towns.
“I’ve toured Europe and America and lots of big cities in England and it’s fun but it’s not as fun as being with family on the beach somewhere,” he said.
“When you do tours of remote areas, it’s like you’re on holiday.”
Gresham, who was born in the Goldfields, says he grew up in a family of musicians and was inspired to start performing due to being exposed to musical talent at a young age.
“I was just absorbed in music at an early age, and there was always a guitar in the house,” he said.
“I was first inspired by my family, but as I got older, my inspiration changed to the artists I’ve been supporting.”
The singer-songwriter says he enjoys a mixture of Frank Sinatra and Fugees while deriving the basis of his music from hip-hop rhythms and folk music melodies.
Gresham is temporarily stepping out of his current tour with first Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian to perform in Port Denison and the artist says he is excited to return to the town.
“I haven’t played there in four or five years, but it was one of my first performances in WA.
“I formed a really good connection with the owners, and I just think it’s nice to be in a little bar performing acoustic music.
“I really love Dongara and Port Denison, it’s a beautiful little place and a super nice environment to bring family to and enjoy some live music.”
Gresham will be performing a free show at Southerlys Tavern in Port Denison this Sunday at 7pm.