In rhythm and in har­mony

Midwest Times - - FRONT PAGE - Coun­try artist Char­lie Scott won the peo­ple's choice award at the 2017 Lancelin Buskers Fes­ti­val and sec­ond place at the Fes­ti­val's Open Male com­pe­ti­tion. Tamra Carr

For the first time, artist Char­lie Scott will per­form in the coun­try and make his way through the Mid West and Gas­coyne.

With an ex­ten­sive his­tory as a ra­dio show host and disc jockey un­der his belt, the artist has taken a dive from the techno and trance music of his youth and landed in the coun­try genre.

In­spired by mu­si­cians such as Johnny Cash and John Mayer, Scott said the in­spi­ra­tion to per­form had come from a va­ri­ety of sources.

“I think I’ve done things very dif­fer­ently,” he said.

“I’ve be­come a mu­si­cian to prove to my­self and my daugh­ter that you can over­come your doubts and fears and ex­cuses.

“I’ve wanted to per­form ever since I was a kid, and I think, even though I was a DJ and on the ra­dio, there was a layer of pro­tec­tion there. So, I started per­form­ing live to re­ally over­come my stage fright and put my­self out there, so my daugh­ter could see me be­ing a good role model.

“I tell her ev­ery night be­fore she goes to bed to dream big, and I want her to see me do­ing that, too.”

Aside from want­ing to in­spire his five-year-old daugh­ter Pais­ley, Scott said his in­spi­ra­tion had also come from games, television and other artists.

“Lis­ten­ing to music is in­spir­ing, I’ve been lis­ten­ing to a few new artists of late and I’ve been think­ing wow, what can I take from that and how can this in­flu­ence me,” he said. “I also pick up on ref­er­ences when I write my music, like I might hear a line on TV or from some­one else’s song, par­tic­u­larly old wild west-type ref­er­ences.

“For the last five or six years, I’ve come to re­ally like west­erns on TV and in games.”

Scott, who bought his first gui­tar at 36, said he was look­ing for­ward to bring­ing his per­sonal touch to a wide range of songs for Mid West and Gas­coyne au­di­ences.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to the whole ex­pe­ri­ence — I’ll be bring­ing my wife and Pais­ley down with me, and we’re all ex­cited to be head­ing north over the Christ­mas pe­riod,” he said. “We’re look­ing for­ward to . . . the spirit, the land, the en­ergy and the vi­bra­tions.

“I’ll be do­ing acous­tic ver­sions of a bunch of songs such as You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/ DC, Work­ing Class Man by Jimmy Barnes and Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses. I’ll also be cov­er­ing a bit of Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Eric Church and Chris Sta­ple­ton.”

Scott’s Mid West Coastal Tour starts at Pri­ory Ho­tel, in Don­gara, on De­cem­ber 28 at 6pm.

He will also per­form at The Gas­coyne Ho­tel on De­cem­ber 29 at 6pm, Pot­shot Ho­tel Re­sort, in Ex­mouth, on De­cem­ber 30 at 7pm and at Nin­ga­loo Reef Re­sort on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day at 9pm and 6pm.

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