The record­ing of Kim Churchill’s lat­est al­bum Weight Falls took a few way­ward turns but the end re­sult has found an ap­pre­cia­tive au­di­ence

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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.

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