The recording of Kim Churchill’s latest album Weight Falls took a few wayward turns but the end result has found an appreciative audience
Kim Churchill was nursing a slight hangover when he spoke to Play magazine. His record label had put on a function at an up-market restaurant the night before to celebrate his new album, Weight Falls, and Churchill discovered what an Old Fashioned is.
The folk artist originally made music to ensure he had enough money to keep travelling, surfing and living the barefoot lifestyle, so admits it’s taken some time to adjust to his success.
“A few years ago an event like that would have really intimidated me,” he says.
“I would have very much felt I wasn’t meant to be a part of it. But I started to realise it’s a bunch of people getting together to appreciate my music. I’m so lucky.
“I’ve discovered the key is to have fun. Even all the narcissistic stuff like social media and photo shoots, just have fun and don’t take yourself too seriously.”
Along with the album, a regional tour has been announced, with Churchill stopping into the Gold Coast in a month’s time.
It’s been a wild ride to get to this point, but he is completely content with the end result.
“This album was different because I wrote, recorded, mixed and mastered an album over 18 months and chucked it in the bin,” he says. “I had a meeting with the label in Sydney and said I was going to write a whole new album and they said I was crazy.
“I said ‘Yeah, I know, but I’ve been lying to myself’.
“So I spent 18 months of that first album and a week on this one, and I love it.”
That’s not where the unconventional process ends, though, with Kim using Garage Band to experiment and record many of his new songs.
“Because I had to present this new collection of songs a week later I downloaded Garage Band to demo stuff on my phone – mixing, reverb, laying down harmonies,” he says.
“I discovered Garage Band is such a wonderful tool for someone who has only ever written on acoustic.
“That created a much more beatsy, bigger, more rhythmic sound and I really got into it.”
His first single from the album, Secondhand Car, has received an excellent response from the public and Triple J – Churchill thinks probably the best of his career.
“I don’t think I’ve had anything that’s been premiered on Triple J before it was released and added immediately to high rotation,” he says.
“I’m very lucky to be in that situation.”
Folk artist Kim Churchill’s first single from his new album has received an excellent response.