Blacke’s wise words
INSPIRED by brave storytellers with bold vocals, local singer-songwriter Marcus Blacke (pictured) takes his lyrics seriously. Blacke, of Southport, listens to a lot of ‘‘the greats’’ such as Bob Dylan, Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen and says it’s important to step back in time to understand good music. ‘‘Music needs to have good lyrics or you switch off,’’ he says. ‘‘I map my music around what I say lyrically. A lot of people this day and age don’t know how to write.’’ Unlike most musicians his age, Blacke’s creative process is unravelled in a metaphorical place. ‘‘When I think about the notion of lyrics – it’s not me writing them,’’ he says. ‘‘It feels like you are an antenna and you are receiving something you unwrap and present to people. You channel this thing that exists in the universe. It’s like a library for people. You can tune in and grab ideas from there.’’ When Blacke pens a song he tries not to limit his lyrics. He goes out of his way to write music that has substance.
‘‘I want to write something that everyone can take something from,’’ he says. ‘‘Everyone should be able to take a different meaning. It takes a long time to write a song like that, with all those layers. I want my music to have long longevity. It has to have depth. We are swamped by so much fast-food music.’’ On Monday night, Blacke released a digital copy of his ‘‘very folky’’ debut album Butterfly Black. While he plans to host an album launch to celebrate the physical release of the record, Blacke says it’s not important to him. ‘‘I am not so fussed on the launch. I don’t care if anyone comes to my launch. I am not into sympathy votes. I just want to make more music.’’
Marcus Blacke and Alone Alaska play Nobby’s Arc for Nobby’s Originals tonight. The Electric Boogie Show, Elsewhere: With residents Tiafau and Audun. Tickets $10. Probably DJs, Swingin’ Safari: Probably DJs bring the funk with soulful hip-hop, R’n’B and house tunes. Show at 8pm. Tickets $10. Bruno Lucia, The Arts Centre Gold Coast: Bruno Lucia does live stand-up for Comedy in the Basement. Show at 8pm. Tickets $22. Bonjah, The Loft: Melbourne blues-rock band create inspiring music. Ashleigh Mannix and Daniel Parsons support. Show at 8pm. Tickets $20. DJ Tredman, Love Nightlife: DJ Tredman supplies the tunes for Heat 3 of the Australian Swimwear Model of the Year search. Epic Party crew make an appearance. Uncle Jed, Southport Sharks: Rocking live roots, soul and funk tunes. Show at 8.30pm. Free entry. Loose Talk, Currumbin RSL: Duo play a variety of covers. Show at 7pm. Free entry.
– ROSE SADLEIR Slique Duo, RSL Southport: Live cover band. Show at 7.30pm. Free entry. Bruno Lucia, The Clock Hotel: Bruno Lucia does live stand-up for Surfers Paradise Festival. Show at 8pm. Tickets $22. Rowan, EAST: Resident DJs Rowan, Rokwell, Andy Ski and Mister P spin tunes for Hedonism Saturdays. John Course, Platinum Nightclub: John Course and Stevie Mink celebrate the release of the new Vicious Cuts album. Craig Roberts, Flash and J-Row support. Cassian, Elsewhere: Cassian gets the party started with help from resident DJ Giv. DJ Tredman, Love Nightlife: DJ Tredman spins 1990s R’n’B favourites. Midnight Groove, Currumbin RSL: Duo cover everything from jazz to dancefloor favourites. Show at 7pm. Free entry. DJ BeeDee, Swingin’ Safari: DJ BeeDee spins funk, soul and hip-hop. Show at 8pm. Tickets $10. Smokin Crawdads, Southport Sharks: Live band mix classic and country with rock and R’n’B. Show 8.30pm. Free entry. Electrik Lemonade, The Loft: Local seven-piece band play hip-hop, soul and funk. Elevator Men and B for Bandit support. Show at 8pm. $10 entry.