For­mer Sher­bert front­man Daryl Braithwaite says this weekend’s Surfers Par­adise Fes­ti­val Launch It, on the beach, is right up his al­ley

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Daryl Braithwaite has used mu­sic as his ticket to ex­plore the hid­den cor­ners of our sweep­ing coun­try. The for­mer Sher­bert front­man, who has been per­form­ing since the 1970s, says he’s been lucky enough to visit re­mote lo­ca­tions most Aus­tralians won’t get the chance to see in their life­time.

On the road more of­ten than not, Braithwaite says one of the high­lights is tour­ing to new lo­ca­tions.

“The people in (out­back Aus­tralia) are all the same. They all like mu­sic,” he says.

“It’s a great way to see our coun­try. From Groote Ey­landt (in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory) to Roma, Lon­greach and the north­west coast, there’s so much to see.”

The You’re My World and The Horses singer is in town to play Surfers Par­adise fes­ti­val Launch It on the weekend.

With the con­cert set up on the beach, Braithwaite says the gig is “right up my al­ley”.

“I can have a surf, then come on and sing,” he says.

“There will be five of us on stage. We have been work­ing to­gether for more than 20 years, so we all know each other well.”

Braithwaite re­leased solo al­bum For­ever the Tourist in Septem­ber last year and said he’d for­got­ten about the process that came with a new re­lease.

“I for­got how de­mand­ing it is, do­ing 10 in­ter­views a day and hav­ing to go do pho­to­shoots,” he says.

“I thought: ‘My God, I love a live gig but these other as­pects’. It made me re­alise it be­comes so chal­leng­ing and de­mand­ing.”

With more than a dozen al­bums worth of ma­te­rial to choose from, Braithwaite says he’s still fig­ur­ing out how to fine­tune the bal­ance of new and old in a live set.

“I’m al­ways re­luc­tant to do new ma­te­rial – I love the live as­pect so much I over­look the fact you need new ma­te­rial,” he says.

“It’s an art form in it­self, mix­ing those new songs in the setlist.”

While he’s not work­ing on a fol­low-up to For­ever the Tourist, Braithwaite says he’s far from over be­ing a trav­el­ling mu­si­cian.

“With mu­sic, you can’t be­come com­pla­cent. You can’t lose the feel for it,” he says.

“For­tu­nately, I still love it. Live gigs are very dif­fer­ent from back in the day.

“Tech­nol­ogy has changed a lot. But people’s in­ter­est in live mu­sic is still there.”

Braithwaite says there’s no chance The Horses will be cut from his setlist any time soon.

“I still love that song,” he says.

“It’s been a strange thing over the years, The Horses has taken on a whole new life of its own.”

Braithwaite joins an Aussie rock leg­ends gig which also fea­tures The An­gels with Dave Glee­son and Jon Stevens at Launch It on Surfers Par­adise Beach on Satur­day from 6-10pm.

It is one of three beach gigs which play on Surfers beach over three days.

Bombs Away, Chardy, Mobin Mas­ter, Tate Strauss and Orkestrated play a beach dance party to­mor­row from 6-10pm.

And ABC Ex­humed fi­nal­ists Aunty Huhu, Bec and the Big River Trio, Did­dly Squat, Glit­ter Gang, Jah­si­fik and John John­son and the John­sons play at Sun­day’s gig from 12-6pm. Launch It Aussie Rock Leg­ends: Satur­day, 5pm, Surfers Par­adise Beach. surferspar­adis­e­fes­ti­

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