Ev­ery­one loves a good Riff

Ip­swich mu­si­cian Stevie Riff is de­ter­mined to turn his dream into a real­ity

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SKY­HOOKS may have not sung it for a long time but there’s a lo­cal singer who hopes one day to be our own an­swer to Mil­lion Dol­lar Riff as he puts his tools of trade into stor­age, ded­i­cat­ing his life to mak­ing mu­sic.

Stevie Riff, has spent most of his work­ing life as a car­pen­ter but, af­ter study­ing the art of song writ­ing for the past two years, is aim­ing to de­vote the im­me­di­ate fu­ture to mak­ing mu­sic.

Stevie is de­ter­mined to see how far he can go. Mu­sic has al­ways been his num­ber one love but, hav­ing grown up on a menu of The Rolling Stones, The Bea­tles, coun­try and blues, Stevie was forced to put it on the back­burner.

“I’ve lived in Ip­swich since 2005, orig­i­nally from South Aus­tralia,” Stevie said.

“I moved up here, bought a house and re­alised, as I was a sin­gle dad, I had to get a job, quick.

“I de­cided to give up my dream for a while and be­come a car­pen­ter.

“I’d started study­ing in Ade­laide but didn’t fin­ish as I moved up here. I was go­ing to fin­ish my di­ploma and ended up fin­ish­ing the whole de­gree study­ing here in Bris­bane.”

Af­ter work­ing across Ip­swich as a car­pen­ter, the tools are now in the shed and it is full steam ahead get­ting his mu­sic out to a wide au­di­ence.

“I’ve just re­leased one song and al­ready work­ing on the next,” Stevie said. “I will keep re­leas­ing sin­gles, then by the end of next year an al­bum.

“It’s hard to get mu­sic lis­tened to when start­ing out and the first thing was to find a mu­sic ag­gre­ga­tor to get my mu­sic on Ap­ple, Spo­tify and all the pop­u­lar mu­sic stores.

“Get­ting a song on ra­dio is the hard­est part and this is the next task for me.

“Back in the days of com­mu­nity ra­dio, you’d turn up and just play live but it’s dif­fer­ent to­day: You have to set your­self up so you are across all forms of me­dia with a web­site and so­cial me­dia .”

Stevie, who de­scribes his mu­sic as a “fu­sion of rock­a­billy, rock ‘n’ roll, coun­try rock and soul”, is play­ing as many live shows in Ip­swich and through­out south­east Queens­land as he can but that is no easy task.

“Many peo­ple I’ve spo­ken to re­cently who have come from Sydney can’t be­lieve how lit­tle live mu­sic is sup­ported in this part of the state,” he said.

Stevie’s sin­gle Cars, Guns and Money was in­spired by a re­cent news head­line about a high­rank­ing tax­a­tion of­fi­cial’s son’s tax fraud romp.

Stevie is re­al­is­tic about the chances of mak­ing the big time but it won’t stop him hav­ing fun along the way.

“In the next five years I just want to get my mu­sic out there and keep play­ing around Ip­swich and branch out to ma­jor tour­ing” he said.

“It’s hard work, which I don’t mind, but when you’re doing mu­sic ,you can al­ways have fun along the way, and that’s a bonus. You need to have fun for the au­di­ence to have fun.”

❛❛ I just want to get my mu­sic out there and keep play­ing.

— Stevie Riffs

PHOTO: DANIEL HEB­BLE­WHITE

SIN­GLE-MINDED: Stevie Riff has re­leased his first sin­gle and plans to re­lease an al­bum in the near fu­ture.

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