New dad is at a crossroad.
GUY Sebastian is used to having his critics, but he’s only just had his first in utero. Sebastian’s wife Jules attended one of her husband’s shows early into her pregnancy last year. Kick count at the concert: zero. ‘‘ He didn’t move, he did nothing,’’ Sebastian says. ‘‘ But then he went to a John Farnham concert and he was kicking like crazy.
‘‘ Maybe he’s more a John Farnham fan than a Guy Sebastian fan.’’
Either way, Hudson Sebastian, who was born last month, is about to be immortalised in song – his father has written Big Bad World about his son and is rushing to have it finished for his new album, Armageddon.
‘‘ Writing a song for your baby is a bit cliched but it’s what we do, we live our lives through song,’’ he says. ‘‘ It’s about that promise we all make our kids, but realise we don’t have as much control as we think.
‘‘ We want to protect them from the big bad world, but the promise matters the most.’’
Sebastian revealed the first photos of Hudson ( the name is inspired by his and Jules’ love of New York City) on Twitter, turning down lucrative magazine offers.
‘‘ There were definitely offers,’’ he says.
‘‘ I’m not opposed to people doing magazine stories. I’ve done them in the past, done the athome story about us getting married. But this one in particular, you have to hide your baby.’’
The Sebastians also refused to sell any story about the pregnancy – leading one magazine to make up their own.
‘‘ They actually used photos from a previous shoot and tried to pass it off; I didn’t have half the tattoos I’ve got now. People read that and think, ‘ What magazine tarts, they sell every story’, but it’s not the case.’’
Sebastian is now in the process of getting Armageddon finished in time for the tour to promote it.
He’s also in the middle of a ‘‘ creative spurt’’, rapidly downloading albums by Bon Iver, Frank Ocean, Ed Sheeran and Emeli Sande among others.
‘‘ Right now I’m in love with music more than I ever have been. I know I’m really loving music when I listen to heaps of music.’’
He’s tracking down a rapper – British or American, he hasn’t decided – to guest on new track Battle Scars.
‘‘ I love the song but it is a little bit dark. I’ve got to be prepared not to have massive radio support for every song. Songs like [ current single] Don’t Worry Be Happy are so bright and radio friendly.
‘‘ But heaps of stuff on the album is a little darker. It’s not so happy. Those tracks give weight to the album.’’
Sebastian is particularly proud of a new song called Get Along.
‘‘ I think it’s my favourite song I’ve written,’’ he says.
The lyrics will get attention, discussing the state of religion and wars fought in the name of religion.
The singer is also at another crossroads – he’s yet to sign on to another series of Channel 7’ s hit The X Factor, where he has been a judge for two years. The only thing stopping him is the desire to have a crack at the UK market.
‘‘ I really want to do X Factor,’’ he says. ‘‘ I had so much fun last year and I had really good talent. It means I’m at home, you have a reliable income.
‘‘ But then last year I released Who’s That Girl in the US.
‘‘ I funded it, completely independently. I did maybe one or two interviews. I didn’t promote it.
‘‘ And it’s already had up to 60,000 sales. And that’s just random people downloading it from hearing it on the radio.
‘‘ Imagine if I had the time to actually promote it?
‘‘ I’m at that crossroads: Do I take a massive hit in income and release in the US and UK or do I do the show and try and do both? It’s going to be a tough decision.’’