Si plans to amp up the vibes at Cooly

En­er­getic Bri­tish per­former Si Cranstoun rolls into town to rock your socks off, writes

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I Cranstoun has al­ready de­ter­mined how he will win over his au­di­ence when he plays on Aus­tralian soil for the first time. ‘‘I want to go be­yond the mu­sic and lift peo­ple’s spir­its. It’s an emo­tional thing – there is a vibe, an electricity that I want to con­vey to the au­di­ence,’’ he says.

Cranstoun and his band bring their lively show to the Coast for the Cooly Rocks On fes­ti­val, which plays streets and venues in Coolan­gatta and Tweed Heads from to­mor­row un­til June 11.

The en­er­getic per­former, who has con­jured the spirit of vin­tage rock ’n’ roll and com­bined it with soul, rhythm and blues, says he’s a big be­liever in vibes.

‘‘They can travel in the air, you can feel them in a room,’’ he says.

‘‘You don’t know why you feel them, you just do. No one un­der­stands it. When I am per­form­ing, I can feel the vibes. I can feel a sense of con­trol and I can change the vibe.

‘‘Five songs in (to a show) and you can feel peo­ple get into it. Cheers get louder. I want to win the crowd over by danc­ing my arse off and singing my heart out and hav­ing a huge smile on my face be­cause I am happy. ‘‘I want to have a great party.’’ Be­fore al­low­ing his solo ca­reer to take its own di­rec­tion, Cranstoun and his brother, Ty­ber, formed ska duo The Dualers, known for the hits Truly Madly Deeply, Kiss On the Lips and Don’t Go, in 1999. Cranstoun puts his vast mu­si­cal in­flu­ences down to his mum and dad, who met at a ska club in London.

‘‘Dad was a pro­moter of ska mu­sic in the ’60s in London,’’ he says.

‘‘Ska clubs were the first rave clubs in those days. My par­ents’ old records were left ly­ing around the house for my brother and me – they were like toys we were given qui­etly. There was jazz, reg­gae, ska, soul, rhythm and blues. We loved all of it.

‘‘I would play it when I was nine be­cause I en­joyed it, not be­cause it was on TV or trendy.’’

When it comes to cre­at­ing his own mu­sic, Cranstoun says he and his band en­joy mak­ing up­lift­ing tunes.

‘‘I love the pulse of vin­tage rhythm and blues. You can jive to it, swing to it, my mu­sic and danc­ing goes hand in hand,’’ he says.

‘‘We do rock ’n’ roll and we love it. Peo­ple love it. We are slightly dif­fer­ent. My vo­cals are higher, it’s louder and more melodic.’’

Cranstoun will re­lease his lat­est al­bum, Dance Hall and Sup­per Clubs, in July.

‘‘We be­came a vin­tage dance band by chance. But our sound is lean­ing on the two – you can sit down and lis­ten to it, or there’s the driven, up­beat side,’’ he says.

On the whole, Cranstoun says, his lyrics are about re­la­tion­ships.

‘‘There’s a bit of phi­los­o­phy in there too. It’s about lift­ing peo­ple’s spir­its with a pulse. There is a pos­i­tive mes­sage in the al­bum – noth­ing neg­a­tive or down­beat in the lyrics.’’ For Cranstoun, mu­sic needs to of­fer hope. ‘‘It should put you in a frame of mind that you are happy and you want to cel­e­brate. There’s a medic­i­nal flavour in my lyrics which I put there de­lib­er­ately,’’ he says.

‘‘I want to pull peo­ple out of the sad­ness they are feel­ing. It’s feel­good mu­sic. When I am writ­ing I do it for peo­ple who need hope.

‘‘When mu­sic was first sung, it was an op­por­tu­nity for cel­e­bra­tion and to of­fer peo­ple hope.

‘‘It’s im­por­tant for me that when I hand some­one a CD I know it will make them feel good. It’s the foun­da­tion of what mu­sic is and what I stand for.’’

The Cooly Rocks On Fes­ti­val runs from to­mor­row un­til June 11. Si Cranstoun plays fes­ti­val shows at the Coolan­gatta Ho­tel on June 8- 9 and June 11. Visit youtube.com/user /SiCranstoun to see Cranstoun’s videos.

Cooly Rocks On star Si Cranstoun

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