BUTLER CHASING THE BIG CHILL
JOHN Butler’s aim when he plays live is to give concertgoers the chills, and get them himself.
“I want to make people feel like magic is happening,” Butler said from his home in Margaret River.
“That’s why I’m in the game; I’m a total addict for that moment.
“It doesn’t always happen but it’s what keeps me going until my next fix. It might be 20 years since I started playing on the streets, but I’m hungrier than ever.”
Butler has spent more time on the road than off since last year’s release of John Butler Trio’s album Flesh and Wood, and he is currently taking a much needed break at home.
“When I’m doing an album I’m in a hyperurban environment, in capital cities and living on buses and sleeping in cubicles,” he said.
“I have to recharge in nature and where I live in WA I recharge the best.”
John Butler Trio will play three summer con- certs: Belvoir Amphitheatre on January 22, Leeuwin Estate in Margaret River on January 23 and Quindanning Tavern on January 24.
“We started the album here but it’s been two years and sometimes I feel like WA gets the early bird with the first gigs for the album,” he said.
“But I reckon the best time to hear an album is later on and I just wanted to play in WA again.
“Sometimes people can’t make it to the first show and then when we come back we’re on to the next album already.”
Butler said the set would be half newer and half older material.
“You have to play the new stuff so people make a relationship with it, otherwise you become a jukebox and I’m not interested in doing that,” he said.
Butler said he continued to write songs and John Butler Trio would hit the studio later in 2016 to record their next album.