AT HOME ON STAGE

By­ron Bay mu­si­cian Jesse Pumphrey re­ally en­joys play­ing live, as he will be do­ing at Else­where on Wed­nes­day night

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD - ROSE SADLEIR

Jesse Pumphrey knows the magic of mu­sic lives on stage.

A reg­u­lar on the lo­cal tour­ing cir­cuit, the By­ron Bay-based singer­song­writer hasn’t stepped foot into a record­ing stu­dio for a cou­ple of years.

Backed by a drum­mer and a bassist, Jesse prefers to let his songs speak for them­selves in a live set­ting.

“Play­ing live is the fun part – it’s what I re­ally en­joy,” Jesse says.

The tal­ented gui­tarist is part of the Gold Coast Mu­sic Awards cel­e­bra­tions.

Tak­ing place on Wed­nes­day night at Burleigh Brew­ery, the inau­gu­ral awards high­light the di­ver­sity and growth of the lo­cal in­dus­try.

More than 240 nom­i­na­tions were re­ceived for the six cat­e­gories, which in­clude live mu­sic venue, lo­cal mu­sic cham­pion and artist of the year.

“It’s great for these peo­ple to get the recog­ni­tion they de­serve,” says Jesse.

Tak­ing to the stage as a trio, Jesse is play­ing the Gold Coast Mu­sic Awards af­ter­party at Else­where on Wed­nes­day night with lo­cal acts Von Vil­lans and Govs.

“We were go­ing in a blues di­rec­tion, but lately we’ve been inspired by a band from the States called All Them Witches – they’ve pulled me back in a psych rock di­rec­tion,” Jesse says.

Jesse first picked up the guitar at the age of eight.

The tal­ented mu­si­cian, who lived on the Gold Coast for two years be­fore re­lo­cat­ing to By­ron, says it was an old next door neigh­bour who inspired the hobby.

“He gave me lessons for $5 a week and ended up giv­ing me a guitar for $5,” he says.

“He was play­ing a lot of Eric Clap­ton, lots of Hen­drix, blues and rock.

“He taught me how to lis­ten to mu­sic and how to love play­ing it.” Jesse Pumphrey, Von Vil­lans and Govs, Else­where, Wed­nes­day night.

Pic­ture: LEISEN STANDEN

Jesse Pumphrey will play the Gold Coast Mu­sic Awards af­ter­party.

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