Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Front Page - CAMERON ADAMS Guy Se­bas­tian will per­form at the Der­went En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre on June 23. Visit www. tick­et­mas­ter. com. au

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.’’

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