SHOW OF SUPPORT
BLISS N ESO ARE BACK ON THE GC
Saturday night will be the second time Bliss n Eso perform on the Gold Coast this year. The first show, held in early March, was a tribute to raise funds for the family of Johann Ofner, the local stuntman who was tragically killed in an accident while filming one of the group’s music videos.
Now, ahead of the show, MC Max MacKinnon says the wounds are still raw but the shows are part of the healing process for everyone involved.
“It’s obviously devastating, such a sad situation,” he says.
“We held the benefit show to celebrate Johann’s life and to mourn – the main thing for us was to show our support and love.
“It was good for us and the family to have a special moment because for me there was a big question mark before we met each other on that day.
“It was touching, emotional, there was a lot of love but it was a special love, it was unlike anything we’d ever encountered before and I think this show will be very similar.
“Friend Like You will always be about Johann.”
The song Max mentions is part of the album the group are touring, Off the Grid, but with six albums, two EPs and 17 years of music, it must be hard to whittle down the songlist to fit within a single show.
“We know the songs we’ve done a little too much, but we recently looked at Spotify and it shows you the popular songs people are streaming,” Max says.
“There are certain songs I thought would have been played more and songs I thought people would have forgotten about.
“So that’s a good indication of what people are listening to and what the crowd wants when we tour.”
Spotify is a valuable tool for artists and there’s no denying social media platforms have added a whole new element of promotion and fan interaction for musicians, but as the tour name suggests, Max wants people to disconnect.
“With Off the Grid I’m talking unplugging from the system, like in Tron when he realises he’s got freedom and breaks off the line,” he says.
“We need to get off the grid, unlearn the negative trained ways of the human brain, step back look at it, go to the middle of the woods and breathe in and out and tell them that’s not living.
“We’re a bunch of creative, silly bloody daydreamers, we need to seize that and think for ourselves.
“People think that getting off the grid is going out to a farm for the weekend but it’s not just that, it’s much bigger than that.
“Obviously it’s all about whatever makes that human being happy, but I would suggest you live in the moment a little bit more.”
For Max, right now life is going pretty great. He’s got this new album, a mammoth tour and he gets to experience all of it with his wife and new baby boy.
“They’ll be coming along to a few shows; I’ve got some custom Stormtrooper earmuffs for him, we love Star Wars in this house,” he says. “I’m as creative and enthusiastic about the music around my son as I am in the studio.
“We like to dance, we like to be silly, he’s around when I’m writing the lyrics.
“I don’t know how single mums do it – my mother did it and I’ve got to give that praise.
“It’s an unbelievable job they do.”
Bliss n Eso perform at NightQuarter this Saturday night. Tickets from Oztix.
THAT’S A GOOD INDICATION OF WHAT PEOPLE ARE LISTENING TO AND WHAT THE CROWD WANTS
Popular Australian hip hop group Bliss n Eso are returning to the Gold Coast to play at NightQuarter on Saturday night.