IN THE MO­MENT

Dar­ren Mid­dle­ton is best known from his pre­vi­ous life as gui­tarist and song­writer for Pow­derfin­ger but now he has his own voice

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Be­fore he takes to the stage as part of Bleach* Fes­ti­val cel­e­bra­tions, for­mer Pow­derfin­ger gui­tarist Dar­ren Mid­dle­ton talks mu­sic, per­form­ing solo and big­gest fears.

What do you love about play­ing to a live au­di­ence?

The con­nec­tion I have th­ese days, par­tic­u­larly when peo­ple chat back to me. Play­ing live is about get­ting lost in the mo­ment ... as a lis­tener and as a per­former.

Do you have a preper­for­mance rou­tine?

Red wine and a lit­tle skip on the spot.

How does per­form­ing solo dif­fer?

It’s much more de­mand­ing as the weight of the ex­pe­ri­ence rests solely on your head. But it’s also much more re­ward­ing when you pull it off!

Tell us about your new al­bum,

Trans­la­tions.

It is a record about a tran­si­tional time in my life, ques­tion­ing a lot of things. The ti­tle is how I see mu­sic – as a trans­la­tion of thought, emo­tion and ob­ser­vances into melody, mu­sic and lyric!

What’s your favourite per­for­mance mem­ory with Pow­derfin­ger?

Many, many over the years but prob­a­bly the fi­nal song of our life as a band Th­ese Days in Bris­bane.

What in­spires you?

Life in gen­eral. Peo­ple who do amaz­ing things with their bod­ies and peo­ple who un­der­stand the way things work.

You just toured with Guy Pearce. What do you ad­mire most about him?

His work, his at­ti­tude and the choices he has made re­gard­ing his work on and off the screen.

What’s his worst habit?

Self doubt! Not re­ally a habit but he is bet­ter than he thinks he is.

Who are three up-and-com­ing artists you have your eye on?

Sa­hara Beck from Bris­bane, Karl S Wil­liams from the Gold Coast and July Days from Mel­bourne. There are many tal­ented young artists around.

What is your all-time favourite song?

That is a tough ques­tion, but to­day, it’s Bill Withers Ain’t

No Sun­shine.

Pic­ture: AN­DREW TAUBER

Dar­ren Mid­dle­ton has a new solo al­bum called

Trans­la­tions.

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