Hon­est lyri­cist lets it all hang out in

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

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.

Johnny Pav

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