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
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,
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
Darren Middleton has a new solo album called