The win­ner of this year’s Tam­worth Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val Busk­ing Cham­pi­onships, Mitch King brings his bluesy folk to the Coast tonight

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD - BRI­ANA WOOD­WARD

Lo­cal muso Mitch King is back from a mam­moth tour along the east­ern seaboard, will re­lease an EP be­fore the year is out, and this even­ing will sup­port vet­eran mu­sic man Rick Price at The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast. Phew.

The first sin­gle off the forth­com­ing record, “Ev­ery­thing Shines”, dropped late Septem­ber and was a sign of good things to come for the new­comer. His tour saw him swing his van into Syd­ney, Mel­bourne, Bendigo and our very own Gold Coast, among many oth­ers, and his re­cep­tion was al­ways pos­i­tive.

For King, the new EP is all about pos­i­tiv­ity and not let­ting in­ter­nal bar­ri­ers stand in the way of achiev­ing your wildest dreams. He says it was the nat­u­ral next step in his mu­sic mak­ing jour­ney.

“I’ve had an al­bum be­fore and I was proud of that, but it’s a bit out­dated. As I’m get­ting older my mu­sic is be­com­ing more ma­ture. This EP is a lot more lyri­cal, the pro­duc­tion is a lot big­ger,” King says.

In­spi­ra­tion for the record came from a num­ber of dis­parate sources, the bluesy folk artist says.

“I like artists such as Kim Churchill and the John Mayer Trio, I think they’re awe­some. But to be hon­est with you, I draw mu­si­cal in­spi­ra­tion from any­one and every­one. Some­times I can hear a great song from an artist and it can in­spire me; it re­ally doesn’t mat­ter who they are. It can be some­thing as sim­ple as a cer­tain way some­one per­forms or how deep they get into the song,” he says.

King turned his pas­sion for mu­sic into his pro­fes­sional fo­cus only about a year ago, yet has al­ready se­cured a num­ber of note­wor­thy stage cred­its and awards.

“It’s a big step for­ward,” he says of his ac­co­lades. “I want to keep the mo­men­tum go­ing and I want to keep grow­ing.”

Mitch King, tonight, The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast

Pic­ture: John Gass

Coast­ers may recog­nise Mitch King from Blues on Broad­beach.

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