live’n’loud: Wes Carr tells Buf­falo Tales .......................

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MOST peo­ple in the mu­sic in­dus­try have an ap­petite for fame and for­tune.

Not for Wes Carr, the 2008 win­ner of Aus­tralian Idol. He just wants a fresh start.

The singer-song­writer has found an av­enue to chan­nel new be­gin­nings, re­leas­ing an EP un­der the moniker Buf­falo Tales.

Us­ing the new name to erase the pub­lic’s per­cep­tions brought about from his stint on the re­al­ity TV show, Carr un­der­stands that fans may ques­tion his long­ing to start over.

‘‘My Aus­tralian Idol fans ex­pect me to be me five years ago – I’m not that at all,’’ he says.

‘‘The per­cep­tion that was go­ing out is a com­pletely dif­fer­ent tem­plate of who you are.’’

The com­mu­ni­ca­tion bar­rier be­tween Aus­tralian Idol au­di­ences and per­form­ers was what bugged Carr the most.

He says at the end of the day, Aus­tralian Idol and The Voice are TV shows, not mu­sic shows.

‘‘They put you in a box and you have no con­nec­tion. You feel like a mute; paral­ysed in a sense,’’ he says.

‘‘(The au­di­ence) has seen your whole life on TV, all the highs and lows. You go through the ‘jour­ney’ with peo­ple, then peo­ple get over it and want the next one.

‘‘Th­ese shows don’t suit mu­si­cians who want a ca­reer in a mu­sic sense. You get too much per­son­al­ity and you give too much away. It’s a false fame.’’

As a solo artist, Carr has re­leased two al­bums – Sim­ple Sum and The Way the World Looks. Blood & Bone is his de­but EP as Buf­falo Tales.

He says per­form­ing solo as Buf­falo Tales brings a new sense of re­lief and cre­ativ­ity.

‘‘It’s ironic that I had to change my name to get closer to who I am,’’ he says.

‘‘(Buf­falo Tales) is story telling. It’s dif­fer­ent to peo­ple who have known me through the show.

‘‘I am pour­ing all my en­ergy into this, it’s grow­ing from zero,’’ he says.

‘‘If you live in that (com­mer­cial) world all the time, you have a fake ex­is­tence. You don’t have peo­ple telling you you suck. I need real emo­tions as a song­writer.

‘‘If you don’t have real peo­ple around you, how do you know what real life is about?’’

Feel­ing as if he is on the right track to dis­cov­er­ing his pur­pose and truth, Carr says he is con­sumed by his songs.

‘‘I now have a chan­nel to spill them out,’’ he says. ‘‘I needed to strip back ev­ery­thing, shed my skin and cre­ate this world.

‘‘ Blood & Bone is ex­per­i­men­tal. I wanted to shake things up by be­ing more eclec­tic.’’

Wes Carr’s Buf­falo Tales, Laneway and Gar­rett Kato play The Loft, Chevron Is­land, at 8pm. Tick­ets $15.

Wes Carr now per­forms solo as Buf­falo Tales af­ter re­claim­ing con­trol of his ca­reer and (be­low) af­ter his win in 2008.

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