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