Blacke’s wise words

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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.

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