Honest lyricist lets it all hang out in
FULL of raw emotion and honest lyrics, Johnny Pav laid it all on the line for his debut solo EP European Sun. So much so, the Brisbane musician finds it a little uncomfortable to revisit the ‘‘bare-boned’’ recording. ‘‘At the time I felt like an honest expression was something good I could offer to the listener,’’ he says. ‘‘Looking back at the moment, it’s quite raw and most of the lyrics are very personal – about my feelings and experiences I’ve gone through. It’s a self-portrait in a way.’’ While it was a taxing experience for Pav to be so lyrically exposed, the singer hopes honesty always remains a part of his musical journey. The folk-dream-pop flavour of European Sun is complemented by Pav’s part sung, part spoken vocal range. ‘‘Whenever I am listening to music if I can’t hear the words it does frustrate me,’’ he says. ‘‘I wanted the lyrics to be audible – for better or worse.’’ While Pav worked with other musicians while recording European Sun – ‘‘I wrote the melody lines and had other people come in to play the instruments’’ – he’s touring the EP in solo mode. ‘‘I wanted to improve my skills as a solo performer,’’ he says. ‘‘(Playing solo) is like being a stand up comedian. Even though I don’t do comedy. Being up there, having to sing songs and talk while everyone looks at you. It can be very bare and raw.’’ Pav says the plus side to playing alone is the chance to get up close and personal with his audience.
– ROSE SADLEIR
Johnny Pav plays The Cave, at Nobby Beach, tomorrow night.