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