Mood is up­beat

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

AC­CORD­ING to Andy ‘‘Akova’’ Ko­vacic what sets him apart from other one-manbands is his abil­ity to cre­ate up­lift­ing mu­sic. ‘‘It’s very up tempo,’’ says the Gold Coast­based mu­si­cian. ‘‘There are no sad songs. Just life’s lit­tle mes­sages. I talk to peo­ple, see what’s go­ing on. They take their shoes off, re­lax, let their hair down and dance.’’ On stage, Akova switches be­tween his vo­cals, gui­tars, ca­jon, djembe, an­kle bells, ukulele, ka­zoo and per­cus­sion in­stru­ments. When Akova was told by a fan that he’s ‘‘the lovechild of Xavier Rudd and The Cat Em­pire’’, he felt it was a good way to ex­plain the mu­sic he makes. ‘‘I don’t sound like any­one else,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s a solo act but it sounds as full on as The Cat Em­pire.’’

Akova and Dave Tay­lor play Man­dala Or­ganic Arts, Mer­maid Beach, to­mor­row night.

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