Bub­ble rapt on the road

Daniel Cham­pagne could be­come the toast of the Coast, writes

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

HILE Daniel Cham­pagne hasn’t lived any­where since he left high school, he cer­tainly doesn’t feel home­less.

The 22-year-old, who touts him­self as a one-man-band with one in­stru­ment, says he’s been tour­ing for long enough to have ‘‘a lit­tle fam­ily’’ in each city.

‘‘Since I left school I have been play­ing gigs five nights a week,’’ he says. ‘‘My home is the road.’’

Hav­ing toured Canada four times, Cham­pagne – a singer­song­writer and ex­tra­or­di­nary gui­tarist – says that on the first round of shows, he didn’t know any­one.

‘‘I would get up on stage and ask the crowd if any­one had a place for me to stay,’’ he says.

‘‘Peo­ple are usu­ally re­ally ex­cited. But I have to be up for a big party ev­ery night. I’ve met so many in­ter­est­ing peo­ple from do­ing that and I have friends from all over the world’’

Cham­pagne first picked up a gui­tar when he was four.

‘‘I played clas­si­cal gui­tar from seven to 14, and I felt the pos­si­bil­i­ties of the in­stru­ment had been ex­plored,’’ he says.

‘‘The acous­tic steel string gui­tar has only been around for 100 years, and I felt there was a lot less of that which had been ex­plored. So I switched, and worked out what sounds I could get out of it.’’

Un­able to per­son­ally de­scribe his style of per­for­mance, Cham­pagne’s live show is a con­coc­tion of two-hand tap­ping, body per­cus­sion and fiery runs in a as­sort­ment of dif­fer­ent turn­ings, cou­pled with skil­ful fin­ger pick­ing and im­pro­vi­sa­tion.

Hav­ing re­leased one al­bum – Pint of Mys­tery – and three EPS, Cham­pagne says he has clocked up more than a thou­sand live shows. How­ever he is yet to mas­ter is the art of bring­ing the magic of a live per­for­mance into the stu­dio

‘‘It’s been my big­gest headache,’’ he says. ‘‘I want to work out how to get a sim­i­lar en­ergy and ef­fect from play­ing live to the stu­dio. I’ve played a thou­sand shows since I started, but have prob­a­bly spent 30 days in the stu­dio. So I am def­i­nitely more com­fort­able per­form­ing than record­ing.’’

Cham­pagne plans to re­lease a sec­ond al­bum next year.

‘‘I write most of my songs on planes and trains, about peo­ple I meet and places I travel to, ’’ he says.

Set to play ev­ery day of the Blues on Broad­beach fes­ti­val, in­clud­ing the open­ing con­cert tonight, Cham­pagne says he’s look­ing for­ward to catch­ing up with some friends who are also on the bill.

‘‘I am hope­fully go­ing to jam out a Dire Straights song (tonight) with Wi­ley Reed Big Band,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s al­ways fun to play with other peo­ple.’’

Daniel Cham­pagne plays Blues on Broad­beach from tonight un­til Sun­day and The Sound Lounge on June 1.

Blues on Broad­beach pro­gram, Page 8

Daniel Cham­pagne plays Blues on Broad­beach.

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